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October Issue: Student Day at the AMTA 2010 National Covention

Massage Therapy Students "Kick Start" Their Careers

On September 24, more than 150 massage therapy students gathered for Student Day at the AMTA 2010 National Convention in Minneapolis. Schools from across the country were represented by the diverse group of massage therapy students and instructors in attendance.

Students started the day off on the right foor by attendeing AMTA Kick Start, a fun, interactive and information-packed session. Shelly Johnson, interim executive director of AMTA, provided attendees with an insightful presentation on the future of the massage therapy profession; Heather Zdan spoke on marketing one's business; Michael McGillicuddy shared his thoughts on "Your Perfect Work Place;" and Lynda Solien-Wolfe gave a practical talk on retailing products.

At the Student Day Networking Lunch, Karen Kubek, AMTA's director of member experience, discussed the countless benefits of AMTA membership and how AMTA fully supports career development through education and myriad career-boosting resources. 

The Exhibits Marketplace opened to students for an exclusive exploration and tour of the top products currently used by massage therapists.

The afternoon wrapped up with the "Interviewing Skills and Resume Writing" session, presented by career-building expert Kathleen M. Gergen-Mandel. Students gained invaluable tips and resources on how to prepare their professional resume and effectively answer the most frequently asked interview questions. 

All Student Day attendees were given tote bags sponosered by Globe University. Other AMTA prizes included free Student Membership, Business of Massage textbooks and AMTA online continuing education course registrations. The grand prize winner was Alex Ziemann of Minnesota State Community & Technical College who won more than $5,000 in prizes, including a massage table, linens, oils, lotions and more! Numerous prizes were also given out during AMTA Kick Start courtesy of Massage Warehouse. 

Plans are already in full swing for the AMTA 2011 National Convention in Portland, Oregon, October 19-22.


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