|Working at One on One for the past year and a half has proven to be an invaluable learning experience. During my tenure, I was given the opportunity to work with a variety of people ranging from young healthy adults to older adults experiencing chronic pain and/or postural abnormalities. By working with such a diverse array of individuals, not only was I challenged to utilize the knowledge that I gained in the classroom, but to expand that knowledge through individual research or collaboration with one of the other fitness professionals. This action of self-study, either through research methods or cooperation with other professionals, taught me the vital skill of becoming a life-long learner. This realization and ability is absolutely necessary in the ever-changing healthcare industry.
In addition to providing me with the ability to be a competent life-long learner, One on One also provided me the essential skill of being a good communicator. Prior to working as a personal trainer, I was not comfortable or competent enough to speak with confidence to groups of people. However, by consistently leading a variety of individuals through their training sessions, I became confident and capable enough to effectively convey information in situations that previously troubled me. Becoming an effective communicator is the most valuable benefit I acquired at One on One. Frankly, I am not sure where else I could have learned it; certainly not in a traditional classroom setting.
Finally, I would like to add that, without a doubt, my experience at One on One allowed me to be a competitive candidate during my medical school applications. I was asked at every interview about my experience within the healthcare industry and upon the mentioning of my One on One experience, the interviewers became quite intrigued. There were numerous times that I was asked to elaborate on the experience. This gave me the opportunity to expand upon my understanding of the healthcare industry.
This experience will certainly stay with me for the rest of my life. At One on One, not only did I learn valuable skills that I will use during my career as a physician, but I also developed wonderful friendships that I am sure will last forever.