Thoughts on career path
In less than five months I will be halfway through my graduate studies. It has become abundantly clear that I really have to figure out where I’m going. Unorthodox, naturally, but my INTP traits chose a program where I’d have a few options, of which I did not have to choose [and plan] ahead of time. The kinesiology program is geared towards a career in education. A career strictly as an educator, unless at the post-secondary level. Of course, in most cases this would require continuation on to a doctoral level program; certainly desirable but not sure if it would be a financially sound decision. I’ll make that call later. For now I’ve got to think short term, or at least where I want to focus my career.
There’s always one constant: running. Broad strokes, that could cover quite a bit. But as I’m not a professional, have neither aspirations nor the ability to become a professional, this narrows the scope in the general direction of coaching. This is kind of how my brain works…it’s more a process of elimination rather than picking out of the lot. I figure out what is impossible, then what’s left is the improbable, possible, and likely. To me, these all are pretty much equal.
In the meantime, I’ve decided to rack up as much resume fodder as possible. Over the past month I’ve attained a couple of coaching certifications and by the end of this month I will have my third. First, I attended the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s technical certification as well as their program management certification course (here). Taken together, I’m recognized as a certified track & field coach. This past weekend I attended the USATF’s level I certification course (here). Pretty much the same curriculum just different governing organizations. Later this month I will take the Road Runners Club of America coaching certification (here). As time passes I’ll look at the higher level, more specialized, certs as well.
What this does, of course, is puts myself in the category of having a lot of pieces of paper with my name on them but no actual (T&F/XC) coaching experience. It’s the obligatory catch-22. I’m lucky to be in this position regardless and I realize this on a daily basis even if it required a bit of elbow grease along the way.