Stages of a Massage Career
A career in massage is more than a job: it is a life choice. What some people may not know, though, is that it doesn’t start when one lands their first job, it actually starts much earlier, and continues for long after one would expect.
There are five career stages: exploration, establishment, mid-career, late-career, and decline. This article will go into detail about each of these stages, and what they mean for you and your career in massage.
This stage can begin as early as childhood when one first begins to think about what they would like to do with their life. Our parents and teachers begin to steer us in the direction of jobs that could possibly suit us later in life, and we change or alter our course of study accordingly. This stage also includes college, where we declare a major that will help us reach our goals, and we actively make the choice to either pursue them or pursue another path.
The establishment phase includes the job search and the eventual hiring to one’s first job. This is a very important step, as it also includes learning to interact and be accepted by peers in our chosen field, as well as learning how to deal with various successes and failures that may arise. This is a stage in which one often makes mistakes but learns from them, so they can continue to progress and enter the next stage.
This stage is where one decides whether they are going to move out of the apprentice/training phase and stick with their current job, or move on to something else. This is the stage where one is a full-fledged worker in their chosen field. For those who choose to continue along their chosen path, this is where one makes the conscious choice to stay in this job for the foreseeable future, perhaps for the rest of their lives. For others, it is the time when they start over and go back to stage one.
This stage is one in which the worker can relax, knowing that they are stable in their choice of jobs. They are given respect by other workers, and they have moved from being students to being teachers. This can be the best stage of one’s working life.
This final stage is when one approaches retirement, and moves out of the workforce. This can be a time of relief, or a time of anxiety as one moves on to the next stage in their life.
These steps can sound overwhelming to someone who is just starting out. This is where a career coach can come in handy: a career coach can help to guide you through all of these stages, and help you to prepare for each of them before they happen. If you would like to become a massage therapist, the career coaching you can get from this website could be exactly what you need to be a success.
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