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Know Before You Go: 5 Things to Consider Before Entering the Outdoor Industry

200418916-001Like any profession you consider pursuing, it’s worth knowing a bit about the industry before jumping in head first. And here are five things to keep in mind before plunging into the exciting world of outside jobs:

You Will be Outside
This one seems obvious, and hopefully it’s the reason you considering this type of job in the first place. But it’s important to realize that the outdoor industry is a rain or shine industry. So pack your sunscreen, your raincoat, and mosquito net; you’re about to get a good dose of vitamin D.

Your Ability to Communicate Will Be Your Biggest Asset
Communication comes in many forms in the outdoor industry. When guiding people, they need to be able to trust you and follow your lead; and you represent your abilities by the way you are able to communicate. When looking for advancements in your career, just like most industries, it’s who you know and who you can communicate with. And like other coveted professions, your personality, and not just your experience, will determine the role you play.

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The Outdoor Lifestyle Has It’s Ups and Downs
An outdoor lifestyle provides ample adventures, paychecks for what you may already do on your free time, and plenty of opportunities to be outside. But the outdoor lifestyle has its own quirks. More than likely injuries and lack of sleep, warm clothes, and personal space will occur. But if you are still smiling at the end of the day, then you’re doing something right.

Flexibility Will Take You Far
Not only in your daily jobs as a listener, tent-fixer, logistics coordinator, and so on; but also in your scheduling being flexible will take you far. Your job roles will most likely extend much further than the job description, and you might even eventually forget the significance behind the words “Friday”, “Saturday”, and “Weekends”, and instead perk-up to words like “day-off”, “trips”, and “bed-time”.

You Have to Put In Your Time
When landing a job in the outdoor industry, your experience doesn’t necessarily have to all be in the outdoors, but to progress as an outdoor professional, you need to get out there and put in your time. Textbooks and periodicals can give you a base layer of information to get you started, but experience in the field, in the office, or on the floor is the foundation to your future career.

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