How To Get Your Foot In The Door Of The Health Industry
by Renée Leonard Stainton
Posted: May 16, 2016
It's a booming industry full of diverse and varied career paths. But how do you get started? Professional wellness expert, Renée Leonard-Stainton, explores 5 ways to get your foot in the door of the health and wellbeing sector.
While doing your downward dog, do you often fantasise about leaving your corporate desk job? Do you spend all of your spare change (and time!) devouring wellness books, researching the latest health trends and scrolling blogs to keep an eye on the latest health products and services?
Perhaps the time has come to listen to one of your much-loved motivational quotes and just take the plunge to explore a career in the health and wellness industry. So, where to start?
Here are 5 tips on how to get your foot in the door of the booming health industry.
1. Explore study options
There are so many different career paths you can take in the health industry, so it’s important to fully explore your options and ensure you take the right course to fit with your end goals and, more practically, with your current life situation.
For example, it may not be feasible at this stage of your life to quit your corporate desk job just yet (have patience, the time will come!). Perhaps online study could be the best course of action for you then.
Either way, explore health and wellbeing courses, but don’t rule out business courses too as a way into the industry…. After all, all of these wonderful health businesses need someone to steer the ship!
Make it your mission to meet as many people in your local health industry as possible. Sign up for talks, seminars, expos, events, festivals...and talk, talk, talk.
Ask questions, share ideas, share contact details and keep in touch. You never know when your paths will cross in the future and how you may be of use to each other.
The wellness industry relies heavily on word of mouth and in clinical practice situations, cross referrals. Networking with established industry people can also open the door of opportunity for work experience.
Once you’ve met people in your preferred path, offer to assist them with their business. This may be volunteering your services for a paid position or simply volunteering your time in return for their teachings and guidance about the industry.
These teachings will most likely be by way of your own observations, but spending time in the field is vital to then carve out your own successful space in the health and wellness industry. Don’t be afraid to intern for a short while to learn or master a necessary skill. It’s also a quick way to “test” your new career before investing in it.
4. Get active on social media
If you want to market yourself as a health expert, or your business and services, a social media presence is vital for success.
Even if you haven’t yet established your business, it’s important to get active on social media and learn how it is used for business. Start following those that inspire you (and might give you ideas for your own business!) and most importantly, start spotting where there are gaps in the market that you or your idea/business may be able to help fill.
5. Learn from Leaders
Determine what speciality you’re most passionate about and devote time to learning from industry leaders as much as you can. Subscribe to their newsletters, follow their feeds, visit their practices and, where possible, attend their events. To start, here's some great advice and lessons from 18 of Australia's top fitness experts.
Above all, go for it with confidence! The health and wellness industry offers such varied and exciting career options from Nursing, to Dental, to Fitness, to Allied Health. Have patience and be persistent, and who knows, you may be penning your own wellness book or treating your own clients before you know it!
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