Is Massage Therapy A Job Or A Career? There is a Big Difference

Do you have a job and if so, do you consider it to be a career? Many people aren’t aware of the difference between a job and a career and are content with being able to pay the bills and putting food on the table. In that case, you have a job.

As long as you are just concerned about the paycheck you receive at the end of the week or the month, you have a job. This is the basic definition of a job. You spend a few hours at the workplace and are compensated for it. In other words, you are giving up your time in return for the money you receive from the business or company you work for.

In this case, there is a good chance that you don’t associate much with the job. It is more something to keep the money flowing in than a part of your life. There are many people around who are doing jobs they would have never thought they would be in.

That said, when you don’t have any means of making a living, you have to accept whatever comes your way. But there is likely a good chance that you would take up a better job opportunity if it presented itself. Some people wouldn’t even think twice about making the switch. They would look at the better money, the better hours and the fancier job title.

On the other hand, there are some people who give considerable thought to leaving their current job, before taking the plunge. They would think about the times they have enjoyed there, the friends they have made while working there and the entire experience.

In most cases, the person is doing a job he/she always wanted to do. For instance, if you wanted to become a doctor and are now working as a doctor, you wouldn’t easily be tempted to switch jobs since you enjoy what you are doing.

This is what having a career is about. You will still be working for the money (who works for free?) but you will also have considerable attachment with the job and the workplace. You will be passionate about what you do and don’t do it merely as a means of getting by. In other words, the money is just one of the reasons why you are doing a particular job, but not the only reason.

This is something people in every walk of life should be deliberate about. Figure out whether you are stuck in a job where you are only punching time or in a career where you look forward to going to work every day; one which enables you to make strong decisions for your professional future.

In this regard, you have to think about massage therapy as a means of earning your livelihood but is it going to be a job for you or a career? The thing with massage therapy is that if you are just in it for the money, it wouldn’t take long for you to lose interest. To put it simply, you have to consider making massage therapy a career because if you intend to do it only as a job, you won’t stick around in the industry.

It’s true that the more time you spend working, the more money you will make at the end of the day. This means that you can take care of the financial side of things quite easily. But there is much more to massage therapy than just money. You have to understand that there are some rewards of making massage therapy your career that cannot be measured in terms of money. In fact, they may be good enough for you to treat the money you make as a by-product of the rewards you gain through massage therapy.

Therefore, it is imperative that you make massage therapy your career. For that, you have to, first of all, develop a passion for it. Do you feel strongly about massage therapy? Do you see yourself helping people by providing them your services? If yes, then you are good to go.

You have to enjoy the process and find satisfaction in serving your clients. If you don’t, you will get bored of what you are doing and start looking for other avenues to explore. When you are unhappy with your work, you can’t keep your customers happy. This would ultimately affect the money you make as a massage therapist.

You also have to learn to appreciate the different kinds of people you interact with. Some of them are friendly and want to make their massage therapist a part of their lives. On the other hand, there are some who are a little apprehensive and you have to work to get them to enjoy the benefits of massage therapy.

Seeing your clients leave with a smile on their faces and feeling relaxed is rewarding in many ways. You can see it as a triumph for your efforts. You have something tangible to show even though the emotion itself is intangible.

If you love learning, you will love being a massage therapist. After you graduate with a degree, you will have the knowledge and training you need to get started in the industry. However, you will soon discover new things from your experience working as a professional. Something you have been taught may be disproved while something you believed wouldn’t work might turn out to be your unique trick.

Looking at the financial side of things, the economy has pretty much no impact on the massage industry. People still want to release their stress and feel relaxed, and going for a massage is the best way for them to do so. There aren’t many jobs that can guarantee you a steady paycheck anyway.

When you consider massage therapy your career, you would want to grow and move ahead, do better and one day perhaps even own your own massage business with employees. What we definitely know for certain is that there are not many who last in massage therapy who are not passionate about their careers.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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