Success Story | Chris Xiong, Kinesiology

Chris Xiong, Kinesiology
Health Fitness Professional | Health Fitness

How did you learn about your current position?
I was looking for supervised practical experience credits and was not sure where to begin. My advisor pointed me in the direction of the U of M’s GoldPASS website and informed me that it is a great website to find internships and career opportunities. After exploring GoldPASS, I found an internship opportunity with a company called Health Fitness and I am now about to begin a career in corporate fitness with them.
Describe your position.
Currently I am working for a company called Health Fitness as a Health Fitness Professional. A few of my duties include personal training, designing and teaching group fitness classes, conducting fitness assessments, and developing programs to improve the wellness of fitness center participants. This is all done for employees of a multinational Fortune 500 company.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
What I enjoy the most about my job is how different each day is from the previous one. I get to be creative designing classes for members, I meet new people every day, and I get to be a part of positive change in people’s lives. I also would like to mention that I get paid to exercise!
I enjoy the variety of projects that I’m assigned within my role. The internship provides me with flexibility and gives me creative license to develop within my position. We also have a very collaborative team that has a wealth of knowledge in different areas.
A good challenge within my position is the opportunity that I have to sell our leadership program to MBA institutions. I possess some level of expertise in sales through my course work in my second major-Business and Marketing Education, but its time to apply all of the concepts and take it out of the classroom. It’s an exciting challenge because I’m using a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system for this project, which is a great learning opportunity.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your job search process?
I found that having other people, including career counselors look at my resume was very helpful. They pointed out mistakes that I would not have caught myself and helped tailor my resume for its intended audience.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
First of all, I would like to mention that I would not be in my current position without first taking on an internship. My internship gave me the skills and flexibility I needed to grow as a professional. At the same time, I came every day ready to go above and beyond what was necessary in order to stand out. I took notes when new information was presented to me, I volunteered to take on extra tasks, and I was willing to learn from anyone at any time.
Anything else you woud like to share?
Apply for more than one internship/job opportunity because chances are you are not going to get your first choice. There are a lot of great internships/jobs out there and you may accidentally stumble upon something you love by chance. When you find that something, give it your all because you will get in return what you give.