Holistic health education is becoming more popular as people are becoming more aware of the cost and risks of pharmaceuticals and surgery. Are you interested in the business of holistic health education? It is important to go about it the right way to make the most out of it.
Here are the top 5 important tips to help you get started on the right path in your career.
Tip #1: Specialize
The most important tip to help you stand out from the crowd of therapists is to specialize. This is how you find your voice and what makes you different. There are a number of massage therapists, but some specialize in deep tissue massage, some in sports therapy massage and others in essential oil massage in a spa setting. Nutritional Counselors all vary in their specialties, as well. Some specialize in weight loss while others specialize in healing from disease.
Your specialty will be determined by who you are, who you enjoy working with and what you enjoy teaching your clients. Perhaps you do not even care to work with individual clients. Some people went on to discover they love teaching large classes and find it more rewarding. Others feel that writing books is satisfying. Working in your area will help you eventually identify which specialty you might choose.
Tip #2: Diversify Your Income
In this day and age, this may be an important aspect for anyone to consider. Even if you work for someone else, you might want to have a couple of different income sources just in case a lay off or unexpected closure happens. Any of these income sources needs to be built up over time. But this can come as you are working in a “regular” job and they just may supplement your income. If you develop it correctly, you may be able to create a full time income without having a traditional “job.”
Tip #3: Nothing Makes Up For Experience
Noting. All the degrees and trainings in the world will not mean anything until you are able to use it and work with people. This is why #Tip 2 was so important. You can get two things accomplished by getting your first job in a holistic office; learning while working and gaining hands-on experience with clients, since that will be your ultimate goal.
If you are very lucky, you may work in a place where they do some type of training in massage therapy or other area. As you progress, you can ask if you can gain experience and sit in on some therapy sessions to see how the therapist interacts with the client. Some apprentice do this before actually working with clients.
Tip #4: Your First Job
Getting your first job in a holistic health office is an excellent way to interact with working professionals. By working with them, you find how and where they trained. In addition, you can see how the whole office scene works from reception to management and bookkeeping and then therapists pay and scheduling. Getting your fist job before you complete your actual training has a lot of benefits in the holistic health education arena. First of all, getting a job in this field may not always be easy. Having your foot in the door first may help with securing a job once your training is complete.
Tip #5: What is Your Goal?
Determine what, exactly it is that you want to do. Some people want to be nutritional councilors, some Registered Dietitians, and some simply want to “heal”. Your goal is more than likely to help other people with their health. But, you have to be specific of how you want to help people. Once you think about this and determine what you want to do, then find out what type of training you need and if you are even in the “right” field. For example, a dietitian is not in the field of holistic health.
Holistic health is a broad area, perhaps too broad. Because of this it is difficult to get the training you need. You must ask around and research to find professionals who do work similar to what you want to do. It is best to see what types of training others have received. Since there are many tips of training and schools, this makes it easier for you to learn what is available in your area. From there, you must also determine what type of licensing is required in your area.
Whatever you decide to do in the area of holistic health education, plan your strategy using tips like the ones above. A little planning can help you go a long way, save you some money and help you make money. For this is the ultimate goal of any career because you cannot help others unless you have the means to take care of yourself, first.
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