3 TIPS FOR FINDING AND ENROLLING IN A MASSAGE THERAPist TRAINING PROGRAM
Thinking about getting into a massage therapist training program?
Give yourself a pat on the back. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is expected to grow by 23% from now until 2022, which the agency states is “much faster than average” compared to other fields.
However, choosing the right massage training program may be difficult. If you’re new to the field, you may be uncertain how to evaluate different massage schools.
Here are three things to consider to help ensure that you’re selecting a program that will provide effective massage training, as well as prepare you for finding a job as a massage therapist.
1. Will you get real-world experience?
Going to school to prepare for a new career is a smart move, but it may not be enough to secure employment after you graduate. Managers may be reluctant to hire people who are well-versed on massage theory, but who have little real-world practice outside of the classroom setting.
Look for schools that offer internships or externships as part of the curriculum. These programs give students the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a professional setting, alongside experienced massage professionals. Students can hone their skills while getting the inside scoop on how a massage therapy spa or clinic operates on a day-to-day basis.
In addition, massage therapy interns and externs can use the opportunity to network and build their professional contacts. Those connections may be a great source of job leads and professional references later on.
Perhaps the most important aspect of intern- and externships is the chance for students to build their confidence while working at a wellness center, fitness center, clinic, hospital or spa.
2. How does the program help set you up for success after graduation?
Looking for a job can be extremely stressful, especially when you’re new to a field.
Enrolling in a massage therapy training program that has resources to help you in your job search after graduation can be a smart strategy.
Schools that have Career Services Departments may be able to connect you with potential employers in the area.
Through job search training, they can also help you prepare your resume and cover letters, navigate the job application process, select appropriate interview attire, and practice answering interview questions.
3. What classes are offered?
Believe it or not, there are nearly 80 different types of massage. It may be overwhelming to consider them all when you’re entering the field for the first time. For many people, attending a school that provides a broad overview of the most-common massage styles can be a good option.
Keep in mind that as you become more experienced in the field, you may want to continue your education to specialize in one or several areas of massage therapy.
In any case, it’s important to remember that a career in massage therapy involves more than giving massages. There may be business or ethical issues to contend with, on top of scheduling, ordering supplies, and maintaining a clean and inviting massage environment.
Selecting a massage training program that offers classes to prepare you for these kinds of tasks can be a powerful advantage to ensuring your long-term career success.
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