Updated: Oct 17, 2020
When I was close to finishing my Cert IV in Massage Therapy at the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy last year, I joined Massage & Myotherapy Australia as a student, hoping to start practicing as soon as I qualified. I was keen to be part of a professional body to give myself credibility and stay current on any important information and so I browsed the website a fair bit. That was how I found out that there was an award I could apply for.
Athol Robinson was a massage therapist and lecturer in complementary medicine who also mentored others and believed in lifelong learning. He was committed to sharing his skills and knowledge to nurture the development and education of others.
Under the awards program, Massage & Myotherapy Australia "provide a student a ten-part program of mentoring and exposure support based on their strengths and weaknesses. The idea is to assist the recipient of the award in all aspects of business, technical and practical skills, and future development within their first 12 months of practice."
I have worked in the mentoring industry for many years and have seen the power of having a trusted advisor and guidance when learning something new so I was pretty excited to put in my application. To apply for the award I had to answer a series of questions and answer them either in written or video format or a combination. I elected to go for the combination. In May I received an email notifying me that I had won the award and was pretty rapt.
The award has already started opening doors. Not only have I had super informative conversations with experts in the field, I have had a session with a career/life coach and it has helped me to secure a contract in a multidisciplinary clinic. Unfortunately that is delayed until Melbourne gets out of this latest lockdown but it is an awesome start and I remain optimistic about the industry. There are some exciting plans for next month - so I will keep you posted. You can find out more about the award here - https://www.massagemyotherapy.com.au/Membership/Students/Athol-Robinson-Awards