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Finding a Career in Sports

22461227_lThe London Olympics 2012 have ignited the nations’ love for sport. Thousands of people across the country enjoy sport and if you’re looking to forge a career in this industry, you’re not alone. It’s a popular career path so we’ve listed below some job ideas and some career tips.

There are a variety of routes you can go down if you want to work in sport. The first thing to do is to sit down and consider what kind of career you want.

Deciding this will allow you to look into qualifications you may need. Not all sports careers need qualifications, often work experience is just as vital. However a lot of jobs do require you to study. Ask your local college or University for course advice and spend some time doing your research.

So what kind of jobs are out there and how do you make your CV stand out?

Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy is a popular career path as it can be very rewarding and there is solid career progression and opportunities. Physiotherapists can work in a variety of ways. They study for a degree and can go on to specialise in certain fields in NHS hospitals, sports centres or private clinics. To find out more about working as a Physio check out our exclusive career interview with Rokhsaneh Tehrany who works in the field. She tells us what is required to work as a Physiotherapist.

Personal Trainer: Personal Training can lead to lots of work opportunities. Once qualified you can work in a gym or sports centre or even run your own business, visiting clients on a one-to-one basis. To find out more read our career interview with Leanne Stone on becoming a Personal Trainer.

Sports Journalism: If you don’t want to be hands-on with sport but you love it, Sports Journalism is a great way of being close to your passion. Depending on which media you work for, as a Journalist you will spend time interviewing sports personalities, reporting on sporting events and covering news. Check out our interview with Carly Warren who works for talkSPORT as a Radio Journalist.

There are a variety of other sports jobs out there so start researching and writing your CV! Find the above interviews in our Industry Spotlight section!