As you approach the end of your massage therapy degree program, the excitement of starting your career is building. It is now time to take what you have learned in school and apply it in the real world. Consider the following tips as you approach graduation.
1. Call on Your Connections
College is a great time to start your professional network. You have likely had the opportunity to meet talented instructors, students and local professionals who work in the massage therapy industry. Now is the time to remind your connections of your career aspirations. If you are in need of employment, your connections may be able to put in a good word. If you completed volunteer or internship experiences as part of your degree program, reconnect with those who you worked with prior to graduation.
Gaining and retailing clients will be a necessary part of a massage therapy career and your connections, both personally and professionally, are a great place to start recruiting. Talk to your family and friends about your career and the massage therapy services you will offer. Ask them to recommend you to their networks; you may be surprised how large their networks can be.
2. Stay Up to Date
An important part of a massage therapy career is staying up to date on current industry trends and the latest massage therapy modalities. The following are just a few ways to stay informed on the massage therapy industry:
- Massage Therapy Associations – Massage therapy industry associations, such as the American Massage Therapy Association, offer opportunities to network with other professionals, attend industry-related events and complete additional education. Keep in mind associations may have their own specific qualifications for their members.
- Massage Therapy Blogs – Do an online search of massage therapy blogs to gain insight from other massage therapy professionals who share their industry experiences.
- Networking Groups – Networking groups provide a way for massage therapy professionals to come together locally. Check with your college career services department to determine if they have a list of local networking groups. Your instructors themselves may attend networking groups and may be willing to bring you along to the next event.
Volunteering is not only a rewarding experience, but it provides a unique way for massage therapy professionals to network in their local community. Depending on your location, there can be a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from working with members of a senior living community to providing massages to participants of a fundraiser 5k run.
Volunteering can introduce massage to people who wouldn’t otherwise take advantage of the benefits. Those individuals could potentially become future clients of yours. Volunteering can also give you a break from your daily routine while completing something that is beneficial to your career.
Keep in mind, graduation is only the beginning of what can be a very exciting career. Engaging your connections, staying up to date and volunteering will likely remain an important part of your career success.