5 years ago I embarked on a career path change. Having tuaght karate for 20 years, been an employed actor for 30 years, and having then begun as a personal trainer, I decided that collegiate level athletics was where I wanted to be. Consequently, I pursued my Master's degree in Sports Conditioning, became CSCS certified, and began an internship at the local college. The college had not previously had a Strength and Conditioning program. My whole goal was to get in on the ground floor to secure that position. I interned for almost 2 years. When the head coach decided to move on and secured a new job elsewhere, I served as the interim coach while they took applications. I put mine in hoping to have the "inside track". Then I was bypassed in favor of someone with "more experience".
Here's the rub. I have a lifetime of experience in teaching and training, but at 52 with a family, cannot honestly flit about the country pursuing unpaid internships to build my resumee specifically with college athletes.
So, how does a tied-down-by-family 52-year-old convince an institution that his lifetime of experience managing group and individual fitness, teaching public school, assisting with HS teams, and a Master's specifically in Sports Conditioning is worth taking a chance on over the young, mobile, single, unfettered applicants who've had the freedom to work for free and travel unencumbered??
Seriously! Tips are welcome!