Career Prep

Graduate Wisdom for Athletic Trainers for the First-Year Post-School Journey

The season following graduation ushers forth a blend of prospects and a touch of existential anxiety. A new chapter looms, teeming with infinite opportunities – whether from finishing undergrad or your professional athletic training program, venturing straight into a career in athletic training, or embracing unconventional paths. This juncture brims with promise, a potent mixture of liberation and trepidation.

Navigating the Transition from College to the Workforce

Graduating from college and entering the workforce can be an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. After spending years in a structured academic environment, the prospect of entering a new and unfamiliar work environment can be daunting. It’s important to take the time to manage your emotions and navigate this transition successfully.

Negotiating Your Salary for Your First Athletic Training Job

As an athletic training student, you’ve likely invested a great deal of time, effort, and resources into your education and training. Now that you’re ready to enter the workforce, it’s important to negotiate your salary effectively to ensure you’re compensated fairly for your skills and expertise. Here are some tips to help you negotiate your salary during your first job interview.

Discovering Career Paths in Athletic Training

The practice settings we are most familiar with are just the beginning – athletic trainers (ATs) can pursue many exciting pathways spanning many different industries. From preventing injuries and rehabilitating performers, musicians, and vocalists to keeping active military members healthy, in every setting, ATs care about the patients’ growth, development, and well-being. Learning about the different settings in which ATs work is the first step on the path to this rewarding career.

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