Like many of our students, Justin Hui came to CCMH hoping to find a new direction in life. Now he’s a Registered Massage Therapist ready to embark on the next stage of his career. We spoke to the recent graduate about his commute, his professional practice, and the advice he’d like to pass on to future RMTs.
As a recent graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Justin Hui has plenty of practical advice for current and future CCMH students.
“School doesn’t teach you people skills. Good therapy goes beyond the hand-work,” says Hui. “Get massages from professionals and make a note of how they treat you, from the moment they meet you to techniques. You’ll learn more than you think.”
In that regard, Hui speaks from experience. Before becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Hui worked as a technician repairing medical equipment. If he saw patients, it was only as a bystander. However, his observations made him curious and eventually inspired him to take a more hands-on approach to the medical industry.
“Massage Therapy was a career change for me,” says Hui. “I saw it as an opportunity to exercise technical skills acquired fixing medical equipment while exploring the more clinical aspect of healthcare.”
He soon enrolled at the CCMH Toronto Campus and dedicated himself to his new profession.
“I chose CCMH because [it] seemed to offer a better program that matched my timeline to get back into school and back into the workforce as quickly as possible,” says Hui. Sadly, his enthusiasm didn’t make the course load any easier. Hui’s time at CCMH was fraught with hurdles, both on and away from campus.
“My commute was pretty rough when I had to take the TTC (mostly because the TTC is awful).”
That might be why Hui is so adamant that students should learn as much as they can outside the classroom. Now that he’s graduated, he’s discovering that there are still plenty of lessons to learn about life as a Registered Massage Therapist, and the ability to grow on the job has made it easier to transition to the workforce.
“The real world isn’t always like your theory,” says Hui. “You might be bored of back, neck, and shoulders, but the general population isn’t. Get used to it.”
That’s the sort of practical knowledge that is valuable at the clinic but seldom covered in academic textbooks. At the moment, Hui is struggling to maintain a proper work-life balance, and while it might not be glamorous, it is an important reality for those hoping to make it in the business.
“I love being able to work on people, but there are days it is emotionally and/or physically draining” says Hui, offering one final piece of advice. “A lot of the time, work goes beyond the hours you’re at the clinic, but the moments where your clients feel (and stay) better are always worth it.”
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