Many students come to CCMH after obtaining an education elsewhere. Some come from similar fields looking to expand their skills or put their knowledge into practice. We spoke with Cagla Baktiroglu, a graduate of CCMH Toronto. We first featured Cagla in our article about kinesiology* students continuing their education by pursuing a career in massage therapy.
When we first spoke with Cagla she was still a student at CCMH and was encouraged by the fact that she found our course material so familiar. “I had the theory (coming into the program), and CCMH gave me the application.” Cagla always wanted to pursue a career in sports medicine, and thanks to her dual education in kinesiology and massage therapy she has achieved her goal! We asked her a few questions about her education, her career, and her advice for current students.
Tell us about what you’ve been up to since graduation?
Since graduation, life has been changing at such a fast pace! I currently work at the largest sports medicine clinic in the country, a local massage clinic and visit a few clients in home on a monthly basis.
So you’re busy! That’s great! What was the best thing about graduating?
The best thing about graduation has been the flexibility and control I have with my schedule. This career allows me to dictate all variables and I love it.
That is really special! We love that our students have so many different options once they graduate. Has your education made it easy to get a job/ practice?
The education I received definitely made it easy to find work upon graduation and certification. Initially I thought that my experience may not impress an employer or be adequate enough to fulfill the requirements of the position I wanted in the sports medicine world, but the hours I received at placements, outreaches and student clinic played a pivotal role in getting hired.
Yes, hands on experience is something our school prides itself on — it makes our students infinitely more hireable, not to mention more prepared for their first job.
We hear that you’re also an athlete. Tell us about your hockey career and what you’re up to! We’d love to hear about the World Championships!
Recently I competed at the Women’s World Championships Division 2 Group B, in Akureyri, Iceland for the Turkish National Team! I am currently in the first round of playoffs for my city team and we will be competing provincially in April for Gold!
That’s incredible! Good for you, you must be so excited to compete! We love that a career as a RMT is flexible enough that practitioners can pursue their other interests while maintaining their practice and enjoying life to the fullest.
Our program is quite challenging. As a successful graduate, do you have any advice for current students? What made a difference for you, looking back now?
My advice for current students would be to fake it until you make it. Confidence goes a long way and it will help in oral-practical exams, student clinic and even certification exams. Head up, be safe and do what you know. Also, people skills are so important. It gets you rebooked, it helps communicate what you may need from a client, builds trust and comfort. Take a deep breath, you’ve got this!
Great advice! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. We wish you all the best in all your endeavours, Cagla!
Are you a kinesiology graduate looking for a hands on career in massage therapy? Discover our Accelerated Program for Kinesiology Graduates*. In just one year, you could be eligible to become a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). For more information about the Accelerated Program and to find out if you meet the prerequisite requirements, please click here.