Degrees and Careers in Sports, Recreation and Fitness

One of the biggest emerging fields in which to pursue a career in is the combined field of sports, recreation and fitness. Whereas some other careers and markets are shrinking, this career path is continuing to grow and expand to include more things, more opportunities and brighter and better people.

To succeed in potential careers in sports, recreation and fitness there are several different types of degrees that somebody can use to their advantage. While degrees in other areas can serve you well in this field, these are some of the best bets when looking to pursue some aspect of a recreation or sports career. While graduate school is usually not a prerequisite to get a job in these fields, it is an increasingly competitive area and therefore the more schooling you get the better prepared you will be to get hired and be successful.

Business Degrees (Bachelor’s of Business or MBA)

In more sports and recreation businesses, companies and organizations are not solely looking for people with a sports background. So you don’t have to be a former athlete or have a longstanding relationship in sports, fitness or recreation to succeed. More and more, sports and recreation businesses are looking for the smartest minds they can find; the people with a very strong business background and sense. Therefore, a business degree can be highly beneficial in this field. Careers within the field these degrees can lead you to: sports agent, general manager of a team, stadium or department, etc.

Sports Management Degrees

A sports management degree will give you some business knowledge while having it applied directly to the sports business world. You will learn about subjects such as sports marketing and apply business principles to expected real-world, sports or recreation settings. These include sports teams, recreational departments and of course much more. Careers that a sports management degree can help you obtain: anything in the world of sports business, from sports marketing and public relations, to running recreational groups or leagues, etc.

Exercise and Physiology Degrees

If you love sports and also love science, or merely have a passion for staying in shape this might be the right path for you to take. A degree in line with exercise and physiology will give you a heads up in many aspects of the fitness community; and may be required for certain positions. Careers you could expect to pursue with this background: personal trainer, team trainer or doctor, sports nutritionist, etc.

Here is a broad sampling of careers in sports, recreation and fitness that you may consider pursuing with any of the above degrees (or additional backgrounds, educations or interest bases):

1. Sports agent: When many people think of a career in sports the first thing they think about is being a sports agent. This is an extremely tough field, which is highly competitive and crowded. However, if you are successful as a sports agent you will find it to be extremely lucrative as you make a percentage of your …

Lying on Your Resume Could Be the Best Thing You Could Do For Your Career

Have you ever been passed over for a job despite the fact you KNEW you could have done the job in a stellar fashion? Are you frustrated because you never got a college degree yet do the EXACT same job as someone who does and you get paid thousands of dollars less? Have you been hampered from moving up in the professional world because you lacked the "right" job title despite the fact your employment experience was exactly what the job description listed? If this describes you then sometimes it's time you wrote a fake resume.

As an executive recruiter (headhunter) for many years I saw first hand how that was played by the "rules" more often then not lost the best jobs to those that lied on their resumes. I'm not talking about a bit of embellishment, but outright lies such as mentioning degrees never earned or positions never held. According to the Society of Human Resource Managers over 53% of all job applicants lie to some extent on their resumes. Over 70% of all college students said they would lie to get a job. The higher the salary, the more often candidates lie. The web site http://www.fakeresume.com was started as a way of teaching people how and why they are unknowingling losing jobs to those that lie.

Why write a fake resume? There are many legitimate reasons for writing a fake resume. Perhaps your current job title did not properly convey all the duties or responsibilities that you had. Maybe you were unemployed for a period of time. Everyone knows that does not look good on your resume. Did you assist a manager who was incompetent and you made them look good on the job? Better yet, YOU did their job but for whatever reason, because because of nepotism you could never get promoted to their job. Out of frustration you quit but now you CAN NOT put that fool's job title as your own despite the fact that you did his / her job! Worse yet due to jealousy or animosity because you quit and now for the first time they have to do their own work they will not give you a good reference.

The bottom line is if you know you can do the job, then why should not you fluff up your resume a bit? We all know a great deal of people who have held jobs that they were not qualified to have. Yet there they were day in and day out collecting big paychecks while other people corrected their frequent mistakes.
Can this be considered lying? Perhaps, but do not you deserve a shot a job you know you can do?

What about your prospective employer's honesty? How open and honest are they to their employees and future employees? Anyone who's read the newspaper or watched the evening news has witnessed the lack of integrity that runs rampant in today's corporate world. In my experience very few employers will fully reveal any …