Going back to school for a second career can be a challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn new skills and prepare for a rewarding career. Massage Therapists are in high demand, as more and more people seek natural ways to promote healing and relaxation. It is a very rewarding career with many benefits, and can be very lucrative as well! Here are some tips for success as a second-career student:

1. Set Clear Goals:

Before you start your new program, take some time to identify your specific career goals. What do you hope to achieve by going back to school? What are your visions and passions in the field of massage therapy? Having clear objectives can help you stay motivated and focused on what you need to do to reach your goals.

2. Stay Organized:

As a second-career student, you may have other responsibilities outside of school, such as family or work. To manage your time effectively, it’s important to create a schedule that works for you. Use a planner or scheduling app to keep track of classes, assignments, and other deadlines.

3. Focus on Time Management:

Time management is critical when balancing your school and personal life. Map out your schedule for classes, studying, and assignments, making sure to take time for yourself and for doing the job you still have to do. It is also helpful to have “self care” to reduce stress as part of your schedule to help deal with the possible addition of school work.

4. Stay Connected:

To succeed in your academic program, stay connected with your professors and classmates for support and resources. Take advantage of office hours and group study sessions that can enhance your learning process. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out as soon as possible.

5. Cultivate a Growth Mindset:

A growth mindset is important when embarking on a new career path. Celebrate small steps and successes and lean on classmates and professors when needed for help. Learning something new can be challenging, but also rewarding and fun!

6. Stay Focused:

Staying focused on your studies and career goals is essential in being a successful second-career student. Constantly evaluate what is working and if what is not working then try a new approach. There are many resources out there that can help with learning, time management and organization to help the “back to school” and learning process go smoothly.

Going back to school is an investment in your future, and with a focused mindset, strong time management, and clear objectives, you can be a successful second-career student. In the end, knowing you are learning and invested in a brighter future makes it worth the effort!