Graduating from acupuncture school is an exciting time. It means you will soon be on your way to pursuing a rewarding career and helping others in an effective and cutting-edge healthcare field. If you’re an acupuncture school student about to graduate, the following are three steps to take to make sure you’re ready to embrace your future.
- Decide what practice you want to work in after you get your license. For acupuncturists, there are many career options. You can work at an acupuncturist office, or with physical therapists, massage therapists, or chiropractors. Working at or in partnership these wellness professionals is often part of the groundwork to ultimately opening your own practice. Talk with your guidance counselor about career services or job placement opportunities, and start creating a path to your first job as an acupuncturist.
- Apply for internships. If you haven’t already lined up an internship, make an appointment with your guidance counselor to explore the possibilities. Being an intern is a great way to learn the day-to-day practice of acupuncture through a hands-on approach. In addition, an internship can help you market yourself in the field and make a connection in the community. Look for internships at acupuncturist clinics, physical therapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and they may or may not offer school credit. The important thing is that they provide experience and exposure to the practice that will enhance your education. A quality acupuncturist school will help identify opportunities and help you get your foot in the door.
- Get your resume ready. Before graduation is not too early to write and start dispersing your resume. List relevant experience, internships, and skills, along with your anticipated graduation date. Take the time to perfect your resume, knowing that you may have several versions of it depending on which acupuncture practice you’re applying to (e.g., massage therapy office, chiropractor). Also, seek the input of others, such as guidance counselors, practicing acupuncturists, and other professionals. They can spot opportunities for improvement and catch any typos or errors. Remember, you are applying to be a professional health care provider, so proper grammar and attention to detail count.
If you’re about to graduate with a degree in acupuncture, you will soon be applying your love of natural healing in a career that it is incredibly rewarding. Learn more about a career in acupuncture in AMC’s free ebook, Everything You Need to Know about a Career in Acupuncture.