Though the term ‘campus interview’ is mostly restricted to professional courses like engineering, management, physical education is emerging as an offbeat career with good job opportunities for students who prefer to be in ‘tracksuits’ rather than doing a conventional desk job.
Administration of the 36-year-old Chandrashekhar Agashe Physical Education College, located at Mukundnagar in Swargate, is satisfied with the fact that for the past few years a lot of private firms have been absorbing its students. Principal Nayana Nimkar said a school appointing physical trainers for students through private firms is the latest trend.
“As the overall awareness about physical fitness is increasing in the society, it is providing youngsters with a career option. Some firms that are consistently visiting the college for campus interviews are even sponsoring good candidates for their post-graduate education, just to ensure to grab this talent in the future,” said Nimkar.
Mahesh Deshpande, a lecturer at the Agashe College said that last year as many as 55 students, who successfully completed Bachelors in Physical Education (BPEd), a one-year full time course, were recruited as fitness trainers and gym instructors by four private firms via campus interview.
“All these students had their appointment letters even before they completed the course,” he said.
A private firm named Leapstart, which deals sports and physical education, has been conducting campus interviews at the Agashe College since 2008.
“In 2008-09, 32 students got their appointment letters from the firm. Since then, along with Leapstart, another three firms have been conducting on-campus recruitment drives. A total of 209 students have been selected so far,” Deshpande said.
Another lecturer Ujwala Raje said that not many students were aware about a career in this field.
“A graduate of any stream having a healthy physique can take admission to the BPED course. After BPED, we have options of MPED, a masters programme, MPhil and Phd in the field of physical education,” she said.
Physical education department of the University of Pune (UoP) has a similar success story.
“There is a huge demand for physical trainers, especially from fitness club in the city. Recently, we conducted special recruitment drive wherein five such clubs participated, searching for bright students,” head of UoP’s physical education department Dr B R Shejwal said.
Until recently, physical education provided students with limited job options such as becoming a PT teacher after completing BEPD, earning the candidate a minimal salary.