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Massage Therapy Career Fair Brings Students and Employers Together

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Our Massage Therapy program recently hosted a Career Fair at MRU, bringing together students, graduates and prospective employers, as well as industry association representatives.

It was a great opportunity for students and grads to learn what employers are looking for and find clinics that fit with their career goals. Employers in massage clinics, spas and multi-disciplinary practices were able to find qualified employees — both now and in the future.

We asked the students how the program is going so far and what they thought about their career prospects in the industry.

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Olya Shibeico

 

“It’s a lot of work but it’s definitely very interesting. I feel like you learn a lot more than you would expect a massage therapist to know.”
– Olya Shibeico, first-year student

 

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Mike Ehrman, Tyler Stotz, Rocco Cambarera

 

“Our career prospects are good, especially if you continue to do things like this. The career fair is bigger than it was last year…Being able to do the program full-time at first and scale it back to part-time when I needed it to fit my lifestyle is great. The program offers the transfer to the Okanagan [Thomson Rivers University Bachelor of Health Science], that’s another thing that interests me.”
– Mike Ehrman, first-year student

“I enjoy the work in the sense that you learn in-depth about all the muscles, palpations and the foundations of anatomy. The professors are all very knowledgeable and helpful, so my first semester has been great.”
– Tyler Stotz, first-year student

“Three times a week, free massages? That was awesome! It’s a lot of practical stuff, which is good.”
– Rocco Cambarera, first-year student

Tara Miguel
Tara Miguel

“I really enjoy this program. I’ve actually taken it in a different college and Mount Royal is so much better. The teachers here are very knowledgeable and the curriculum is so much better. I find that I’m a way better therapist now than I was before.”
– Tara Miguel, second-year student

 

 

We asked the massage therapy businesses why they choose to hire therapists trained at MRU.

IMG_4682_e“The program has brought out a lot of really good therapists and I feel like I was a very strong therapist coming out of it. I’m also an instructor with the program and help with outreach program.”
– Clarissa McAndrews, Leela Eco Spa & Studio and MRU Massage Therapy graduate

 

Kayla Bancroft and the team from Massage Heights
Kayla Bancroft and the team from Massage Heights

“I think that the curriculum and quality of instruction and the overall reputation of Mount Royal make it one of the best schools in Alberta. We have graduates and current second-year students working for our company and they’re exceptional. The skill set that they come with and their professionalism is great.”
– Karla Bancroft, Massage Heights

 

“We have 103 clinics across Canada, 8 in Calgary and 3 in Edmonton. There are lots of job opportunities. All of our clinics are multi-disciplinary: PT, massage therapy and chiropractic. We’ve hired lots of Mount Royal grads, particularly if they are suitable for a therapeutic environment.”
– Jonathan Reimer, ptHealth

 

IMG_4709_edit“RMTA has three levels of membership: student (first year of study), associate (second year) and full (2200-hour). Starting in their second year, students can charge for treatments, and they want to be sure they have liability insurance and general insurance, which we offer at a low yearly cost. We look at providing students with that security. My strong feeling is, the more massage you can do while you are a student, the more prepared you are for when you are out practicing.”
– Roy Smith, Remedial Massage Therapists Association

These are the massage therapy employers and associations who joined us at this special event:

  • Holistic Institute of Health and Fertility
  • Leela Eco Spa & Studio
  • Optimum Wellness Centres
  • Anna’s Spa & Wellness
  • Stillwater Spa (at Hyatt Regency Calgary)
  • Balanced Health and Sports Therapy
  • 430 Wellness
  • The Oasis Wellness Centre and Spa
  • pt Healthcare Solutions
  • Inspired Minds Wellness Centre
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies
  • Northgate Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
  • Massage for Health Clinic Inc.
  • Fifth Avenue Club
  • Westside Chiropractic Sports & Dance Therapy Centre
  • Airdrie Chiropractic and Massage
  • Remedial Massage Therapists Association
  • Inspire Centre for Massage and Wellness
  • Willow Stream Spa – Fairmont Banff Springs
  • Fruition Therapeutics
  • Lifemark Centric Health
  • Chiropractic Health Centre
  • Within Wellness Spa & Apothecary
  • Massage Therapist Association of Alberta
  • Lasaya Healing Center
  • Natural Health Practitioners of Canada
  • Massage Heights
  • Pure Massage
  • Healthflow Family Wellness Centre
  • Momentum Health
  • Prairie Therapy

Thanks to everyone who came out!

— by Karen McCarthy
— photos by Krystal Hurt

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