- This may hit hard, but... YOU KNOW NOTHING!
A qualification in Human Movements means nothing- it just shows you are competent at recalling information at a lecture and loosely applying this knowledge in practicals.
- You need experience! In order to learn, you need to make decisions!
One thing I have learned at Propel is that experience and learning comes from you being in control and making decisions. Ultimately, you as an S&C coach or allied health professional should be solely responsible for the outcomes of those decisions, and being held accountable and exposed to the consequences is a part of the learning process.
- Skills monetise- money doesn't
I saw a great video on Instagram from Tombileu which explains the difference between skills monetising and monetising money. Money monetises once (unless you are good at investing) i.e. it can only be spent once whereas skills monetise over and over again.
- Increase your luck- connect with potential mentors, employers & high level professionals
It's not what you know, or who you know, it's about who knows you
- Coaching transfers
Personally, I have been coaching tennis for 5yrs since starting my Undergraduate degree. My time Interning at Propel has significantly improved my tennis coaching in terms of cueing, developing relationships and communicating in a domain outside of the gym.
- Personal relationship with money improves
With limited direct financial reward, you will appreciate money and improve your personal financial decision making. Basically you'll understand, “DON'T BUY S**T YOU DON'T NEED!”
Despite no direct financial benefit, you may be fortunate to be exposed to added benefits.
For example, having access to a gym/ equipment for ‘free'
- Professional development
You get to learn other coaches strengths and weaknesses and provide insight to help them grow- and apply their knowledge and strength to your coaching toolbox
- Your expectations are lower than paid employers- it is generally acceptable to make errors now, so that you hopefully will not make these as a paid employee!
- Mistakes/Errors- Leading on from the previous point, there is no such thing as a mistake! The only mistake is to not learn from something that didn't go to plan.