Author: Zane Guadagnolo
Kinesiology is all about experiences and learning through doing. Having a strong base of knowledge is important and will set you up for success. As a student in Kinesiology you can set yourself up for success by rarely saying no to opportunities while also creating your own. Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said it best, “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”
BUILD A BRIDGE AND MAINTAIN IT
Most interns in athletic performance will spend time at 3 or more universities or facilities before they’re hired full-time. Before they even dream of getting paid, every intern had to make their first “cold call” to a coach asking for the opportunity to get some experience training athletes. Like most coaching internships, it won’t be paid and involves 12 hour workdays. Regardless, the successful interns always intend to leave each facility and program better than what it was before they arrived. Through hard work each coach will help you move on to your next destination. Aim to give more than you receive and people around you will vouch for your next opportunity.
SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
Opportunities are everywhere on social media. The accessibility of people, ideas, and organizations are a click away. Your voice and thoughts can be shared instantly with the rest of the world. Create content that is enlightening, genuine, and entertaining. Do this consistently and your level of influence will reach new heights. Get your name out there for the world to see and make the opportunities come to you.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE A GOLDEN TICKET
Sometimes opportunity is about being in the right place at the right time. While in the ROTC training room visiting a good friend, I met a cadet in charge of a platoon. We had a conversation about my experience in the weight room. After speaking to his superiors about my qualifications, I was asked to oversee the training for a group of cadets and have influence on the training of the ranger challenge cadets for their upcoming international competition. Don’t wait for opportunities to present themselves to you, go to them. Good first impressions will open more doors than any amount of experience ever will.
Being open-minded and building relationships are vital to your success in Kinesiology. Without these, the amount of opportunities that present themselves to you are significantly reduced. Putting yourself out there will rarely lead to negative outcomes. Give more than you take everywhere you go. Create the opportunities you want to have. Surround yourself with the people that are in the positions you want to be in. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened.