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Tyler Paterson

Q: Name? Age?

A. Tyler Paterson, age 26.

Q. Program and year graduated?

A. Massage Therapy Program; graduated 2014.

Q. Which class did you find most beneficial?

A. Clinical Skills. Being a real hands-on learner, Clinical Skills was the most engaging class. To put all the knowledge we were learning in the other classes into action was exhilarating and remarkably rewarding.

Q. What do you enjoy about your career?

A. The most enjoyable part about my career is the ability to help people everyday. Also, to be a part of an ever-changing field is extremely pleasing to my restless brain.

Q. What advice would you give future/current students taking this program?

A. Pick your teachers brain as much and as often as possible. You’ll never truly know someone until you’ve talked to someone who has experienced 50 times over everything you’re wondering. Most importantly, sit back, relax, and enjoy the process of learning about the body. It isn’t easy, but it’s rewarding.

Q. What was the biggest obstacle you faced during your time as a student?

A. Like most students, I found time management/procrastination the biggest obstacle I faced. A mountain seems really daunting to conquer when you only have a day to do so.

Q. How did your experience at Humber help you find employment after graduation?

A. The sense of confidence because of Humber played a huge factor in helping me find employment after graduation. The practical and life skills I received while at Humber gave me the confidence that employment at any place of my choosing was in my grasp.

Q. In what ways did Humber prepare you for the work world?

A. The Massage Program at Humber prepared me for the work world by giving actual real world experience in a supervised and mentored environment. The clinic we worked in gave actual work experience, so when you got into the real world, work was as trivial as tying your shoes.

Q. What opportunities would you urge other students to take advantage of?

A. I urge students to take advantage of any extra work or study time that teachers will offer. A few of my classmates & I set up a booth at a cross-country event where we worked on the runners. This gave real world experience that has even helped me grow my own business efficiently today.

Q. In your opinion, what are 5 crucial skills needed to preform your job?

A. 1. Active Listening

2. Passion for learning

3. Sympathy/empathy

4. Self-confidence

5. Desire to keep yourself fit & active

Q. Why Massage Therapy?

A. I’ve always had a desire to help people in any way possible, and always had a fascination with the body and how it moved. It was a pretty obvious answer to the question of what could I do everyday for the rest of my life. Massage therapy seemed like the most relaxed way to earn a living and the most fulfilling as well.

Q. Why did you choose Humber College?

A. My mother worked for a high school in the guidance department and every time Colleges came to put on talks or a booth Humber was always represented amazingly. I appreciated how Humber seemed like a place where spirit was in abundance and you could be proud of where you’re going to school.