Alberta’s Beauty Industry: Massage Therapy Careers

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Students at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy

Transition into a beauty industry career in Massage Therapy

A recent ALIS poll suggests that over half of the population is considering a return to school. Forty percent of poll participants voted that they were looking for a change in career, 10% stated they were in between jobs, while 21% said they wanted to return to school to advance their career.

This is not surprising information. I myself have experienced a career change and boy is it a breath of fresh air!

I used to have a conventional career. And while it paid well and offered great benefits, there was something missing. I didn’t look forward to going into work, it didn’t excite me, it didn’t fit me.

It was difficult to make the change. After all, I had gone to university, spent money and time on a degree, spent years building on a career that I thought I wanted when I was a teen, developed friendships at work, etc. On top of that, I had adult responsibilities- like paying rent, bills, student loans, and buying groceries and gas- you know what I’m talking about. I thought I was stuck.

But I realized, it’s true what they say- do what you love and love what you do, and then the money follows. If you are an individual who enjoys hands-on work, physical activity, learning about the body, kinesiology, muscle systems, and ways to augment physical function, a career in Massage Therapy may be for you!

Massage therapists administer massage therapy to relieve pain and symptoms of stress after assessing a client’s condition to rehabilitate the physical function of the body.

They work in many environments and can have flexible schedules. Massage therapists can be self-employed or work at spas, clinics, fitness centers, and alongside doctors, chiropractors, or other practitioners. They have the option to make their own schedule depending on the source of employment.

Massage therapy is an excellent career option with an easy transitional period thanks to MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy. MH Vicars offers a full time 2200-hr independent study program where you come in for 4 days/month! You can choose to come in during one weekend of the month from Thursday to Sunday 9-5 or every Tuesday 9-5 throughout your program. This school is designed for mature students who are already working and seeking a change in career.

Unlike other provinces, Massage therapy is a self-regulated industry in Alberta, meaning that Alberta has not regulated Massage Therapy and therefore schools are not required by law to include standard practices in their curriculums. It is professional associations that seem to dictate the future of massage therapy in Alberta for now, and currently, they are stating 2200 hours is the requirement for insurance billing.

When you get your diploma from MH Vicars, you can have peace of mind knowing that your education will be more easily transferrable to other provinces with professional regulation (British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick) by the Canadian Consortium of Massage Therapy Regulators (CCMTR), in addition to meeting the requirements of the professional associations in Alberta. Best of all, all students are eligible for student loans and grants.

So whether Massage Therapy is your Plan A or your Plan B, MH Vicars makes your massage therapy career attainable and affordable!

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Boundaryless Beauty Careers

Alberta’s Beauty Industry: Boundaryless Beauty Careers


What is a boundaryless career? Allan Bird, Professor of Global Business, Northeastern University, defines it as a career path in which individuals must engineer their work lives on their own.

It has been ESG’s observation that this in fact describes beauty careers. We will use this model to shed new light on the reality of beauty careers in Alberta.

According to Bird, there are 3 principles to the Boundaryless Career:
  • The Boundaryless Career is ill-structured.

  • Unlike conventional careers, in the beauty industry, progress, success, or advancement comes from mastering your skills, learning new ones, meeting new people, and networking and collaborating with new groups. Beauty careers can be very exciting if you do it right! Having great people skills is important. You don’t have to possess an outgoing personality, but because you direct your own career, you must be personable with the people you meet throughout your career.

  • The Boundaryless Career is self-directed.

  • The beauty industry is not for everyone. If you like to play around with hair and makeup, that’s not enough to be a Professional Makeup Artist or Hair Stylist. It takes more than providing a good service to succeed in this industry. You must also have a sense of self-direction, self-motivation, and of course, an entrepreneurial spirit! The beauty industry is not for delicate wallflowers. Networking is a fun and necessary part of the job. Attending parties, events, social gatherings, and having a strong social media presence are the best ways to network…at least for an extravert!

  • The Boundaryless Career has psychological benefits and costs.

  • There is a very attractive flexibility to the beauty industry. Some employers offer 9-5 hours, however, most employers are able to offer flexibility on work schedules due to evening and weekend work. This outside-the-box scheduling allows us to be more in control of the time we spend with our family and friends. Even more appealing, we can gain greater control by working on commission. In this arrangement, we are better able to influence our income and our schedule, a psychological benefit that comes from the independence and freedom a career in the beauty industry provides.

    Other psychological benefits are creativity and self-expression. The beauty industry allows you to express yourself in ways you wouldn’t dream of in conservative careers! Mastering your skills as you explore new techniques, bringing new ideas to life in your services, reaching new depths of knowledge are all ways to enhance your creativity and attain new levels of success in the beauty industry. Self expression is an excellent way to promote yourself as a service provider. After all, your presentation speaks for your work.

As you can see, Alberta’s beauty industry offers exciting beauty careers for those who possess the right qualities! Do you?

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ESG Beauty Industry Career Consulting

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Beauty Industry Careers- Fun, Exciting, Rewarding!

Beauty Industry Careers- It’s Best to Get it Right the First Time 😉


Why do we hear about people having more than one career these days? I have a theory… it might be a little out there. I’d like to start with a caveat: This is my professional opinion, based on my observations, my knowledge of human behavior, and my understanding of social psychology. I believe the reason we go through multiple career changes these days is due to the complexity of our lives and a new abundance of career options. Allow me to elaborate…

We are living in some pretty complicated times. We’re living in an ever-changing world where we are bombarded with information and situations. Our life experiences have become more complex- we face new challenges and have the freedom to make our own decisions. For example, as a Canadian woman, I have had copious amounts of opportunities for independence. My mother on the other hand, due to cultural and generational factors, has lived a different-nonetheless-happy life.

Today, we are free to decide on a career, free to love our jobs, and free to build the career of our dreams. Unfortunately, we also have many new distractions such as social media and traveling technology (the cellphones, iPads and tablets that we ignore our loved ones with when they’re trying to spend time with us ☺). In addition, we have too many choices. It’s easy to decide between 2 or 3 options. But when our options are almost unlimited, our brains are over stimulated and have to process too much information to focus on one thing!

This is why career exploring should be done alongside an expert. We are able to ask the right questions to help you map out your future based on your past and present life experience. For example, when we meet with clients considering a career in the beauty industry, we talk more than just work. We believe choosing a career is dependent amongst many factors, for example, interests, abilities, work values, personal values, and future life plans.

If your work values are not parallel to your personal values, it is only a matter of time before you decide no amount of money is worth your time there. Because of this, we like to ask questions with different options for you to choose from. For example, we may ask you what is most important to you in a career, and give you the following options to choose from: high achievement, independence, creativity, or good salary.

Sometimes these types of questions do not work because as human beings, we subconsciously answer what we wish we preferred and not what we actually prefer! But don’t you worry, at ESG, we are students of human psychology and our methods were developed to work around this!

At ESG, we specialize in beauty industry careers. If you are thinking about furthering your education, transitioning back to employment, or changing career paths, we can provide industry information and career and employment consulting to help you make the right decision. There are several ways to enter the industry, but first, let’s make sure you are fully informed before making the beauty industry in Alberta your new career 😉

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