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Megan Van Cleave

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Head Athletic Trainer @ Concordia University Texas

I provide the medical care for all of the student athletes at Concordia University Texas.

How I Got Here

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Undergraduate Degree(s): Athletic Training
Graduate degree(s): Kinesiology
Favorite class(es): Sociology
Moving from college to career:

My undergraduate degree was the basis for my job today. My undergradute work was where I learned all of the skills it takes to be an athletic trainer. The skills that I learned allowed me to get a graduate assistant athletic training position at a Division I University while I worked on my master's degree. By pursuing a graduate assistant position it paid for my master's degree and I gained two years of professional experience surrounded by knowledgeable peers. After graduating with my master's degree and having worked at a Division I institution, I had gained enough substantial experience to become a head athletic trainer at the age of 25.

Career influences:

When I was in high school I was an athlete, but my school did not have an athletic trainer. When I watched sports I always thought it would be cool to be the person taping everyones ankles. I decided that I wanted a job that was going to help people but I wanted to stay in the athletic realm. This allows me the best of both worlds.

The Ups and Downs

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Pros: Working with young, healthy athletes who want to get better. Every day is something different. My career field is constantly changing and there is something new to learn every day. I work with a very diverse group of people.

Cons: Extremely long days and working most weekends. The pay is not comperable to what you do.

Recommendations

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