A lot of our students from CCMH come from different academic backgrounds, and we love learning about their journeys first hand!
CCMH Toronto grad, Simone Lloyd, has had a variety of life experiences. She first studied Journalism at Ryerson University. Then, she worked as a manager in a fitness club. After getting married and pregnant with her first son, she was working at her family’s retail business. In our talk, Simone updates us on how she got to CCMH, and what’s she’s up to now.
What originally led you to pursue a career in Massage Therapy?
A week after my second son was born, I knew I needed to do something to start my own career. I decided to go back to school, and my friend (who is an RMT) suggested Massage Therapy. I’ve been a supporter of Massage Therapy, having treatment myself every three weeks since 1998.
Why did you choose CCMH?
I chose CCMH because it had a great reputation as being one of the top Massage Therapy schools in Ontario. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it with a baby and small child, while still working at the store part time, but family helped. It was the best decision I ever made. I did the 18 month fast-track program and graduated with 92% overall average in October 2010.
That’s amazing! Did you have a difficult commute?
I was living in Brampton at the time. Traffic wasn’t bad because I was usually up at 5 with the baby, so I left early enough to miss most of it!
How were you able to juggle family, work, and study all at once?
Class normally ended at 2, so afterwards I would drive to Mississauga to pick up my son from kindergarten. When I would get there, I would go over my notes (or more often, fall asleep) until he got out at 3:30. After that, I would pick up the baby, go home and sometimes study later in the evening. I really tried to use class time as efficiently as possible, because I knew outside of that, I didn’t have a lot of time.
It’s very impressive how you made it all work! Are you working as an RMT now? Where and what do you enjoy about it the most?
I started my career a month after graduating, working in a Massage Therapy clinic with some great co-workers. I also worked from my home in Georgetown twice a week. I have built up a steady clientele, and I really love my career. While I was in school, I helped some of the students in my class with studying and assignments, so I actually started tutoring Massage Therapy students after I graduated, too. That’s something I really enjoy as well, and although I don’t do much of it anymore, but I’d like to do more!
After tutoring so many students, do you have and advice for current and new students?
The program at CCMH is demanding and challenging, but well worth it in the end. The intensity of the program at CCMH has helped me to be an educated Massage Therapist with a lot of the right tools to help people. That’s all I could ask for in my career.
If you’d like to get in contact with Simone, she has Facebook. Thank you so much for talking to us, Simone!