Some Practical Thoughts on Career Change



I need some practical reflection on my career change from coaching to the next great thing. I’ve been transitioning into a new career, and I’ve applied to a few jobs and have been offered some but have not accepted. Using my background in coaching has provided me a lot of applicable skills in the corporate and office setting. However, I feel I don’t have the niche experience to land something satisfying. I know I might need to start from the low rung and climb upwards, but I hope something soon will pan out that I find refreshing and exciting.

I’ve been offered a plethora of interviews and opportunities in insurance. I’m not surprised because a lot of it is marketing, recruiting and personal relationships. Something coaching has taught me. But I can’t shake the idea of feeling like a salesperson all the time. It’s also the reason why I’m the worst distributor for Advocare. It’s simple, I don’t want people to avoid me because they’re afraid I’ll try to sell them something. Although, when it comes to fitness training, I’m always trying to get people to live healthier lives. I do enjoy selling health and wellness.

I’m not afraid of putting myself out there. I’m a fast learner, and I believe I’m smart. Being widowed has offered me the strength to know I can get through anything, including a career change. So why am I not excited about any of the job offers?

I need something that speaks to my core values. I need to feel like I’m making a difference and I am helping those I interact with. I’ve been traveling further down the rabbit hole of personal training, and I

When I first started coaching there was excitement and purpose for me. Jumping out of bed was easy like every day was Christmas. But the excitement lost its luster after George passed away. Coaching became grueling, and every problem I faced seemed so hackneyed and trite because nothing could compare to the massive rebuilding process I was doing in my life. Being widowed at 28 really made me grow up fast, and now I know what I need to feel. I love writing, and I want to make this career if possible, but until then I need to feel like I’m making a difference and I am helping those I interact with.

I’ve been traveling further down the rabbit hole of personal training, and I LOVE it. Not just a little bit, but a lot! It’s more than coaching and bringing out the best, it’s also figuring out how to improve on the person’s weaknesses and provide them courage and strength to do it. I feel alive when I’m helping someone out with training. I’ve been dabbling with training for years, but to go full force into it is exciting. And I think about coaching and working with the girls, and I’ve always enjoyed on field stuff, and helping them through their issues off the field. It was the politics of the college I couldn’t accept. And then I realized, I need to believe in something if I’m going to give it my all. And right now, I believe Personal Training and Nutrition are my callings, and I’m going to figure out how to tailor it so I can make a living off of it, rather than hoping I get the call to show up for a class or get a new contract to write.

About J.

Fitness professional, fitness & nutrition writer, widowed at 28. Writing about getting through grief through self-care, physical activity, and the ​constant feeling of being uncomfortable.
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