Now What? Part I: Get the Job
Learn how to find your dream Acupuncture job by understanding the details of business structures, interviewing, goal-setting, setting your fees, and negotiating contracts - all specifically designed for an Acupuncturist starting out in practice.
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Meet your course instructor
Gillian Marsollier | RAc, CCII
Gillian Marsollier has been a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2001, and an instructor of acupuncture for more than 15 years. After completing a 4-year Masters Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she began her teaching career in Newfoundland. There she wrote the bulk of the curriculum for a 3-year acupuncture program and served as the Acupuncture Program Director. Gillian was then transferred to Halifax, where she successfully gained approval by the Board of Education in Nova Scotia for an acupuncture program. In addition to teaching, she practiced at a very successful multi-faceted alternative treatment centre while residing on the East Coast. In 2008 Gillian went to Nepal to teach acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities at a medical facility. They are still using the modalities to this day to treat the locals from the Himalayan hills. For the last 5 years, Gillian has been pursuing the media side of acupuncture and natural healing through the creation of LIFT Education Academy. Through this online education platform, she has created many popular courses including bootcamps that have become the national gold standard for preparation for TCM registration exams.
This is the first of a 4-part mini-series that provides you with the missing information that most colleges don’t teach. Many new graduates say that they feel mildly prepped to put needles in patients once college is complete, but then feel thrown to the wolves when it comes to starting and creating a thriving business, both through logistics and patient interactions.
This online course is designed to help you find your dream Acupuncture position. You will learn how to search for the right job and conduct yourself during the interview. Instructor, Gillian Marsollier will guide you through establishing your rates, creating packages, and arriving at fair commissions and/or flat rates. You will also be introduced to how to properly interpret a legal contract.
- Choosing Your Clinic
- How To Interview
- The Contract
- Know Your Expenses
- Setting Your Fees
- Summary/Part 2 Course Outline
*Please note that this course is NOT for any students looking to start their own clinic from scratch.
Here is the full series of courses:
1) Now What? Get The Job
2) Now What? Set Up For Day 1
3) Now What? Be With Your Patient
4) Now What? Refine Your Skills
You can pick and choose which courses you think you may need for your clinic, or join all 4 for the full new practitioner online course support series.
1. Introduction & Course Outline
2. Course Guidebook
3. ‘Get the Job’ Course Template
Section I | How Do I Choose the Right Clinic for Me?
4. Mentorship vs. Apprenticeship
5. Choosing a Clinic
6. What Do You Want to Be? Common Business Structures
7. Choosing a Clinic Style
8. Choosing a Clinic Location
9. Looking for a Clinic
10. Things to Consider When Just Starting Out
11. Section Summary
Section II | How Do I Interview?
12. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
13. Questions You May Be Asked
14. Questions You Should Ask
15. Interview Success Tips
16. Section Summary
Section III | What Do I Look for in a Contract?
17. Contract Details to Understand Thoroughly
18. What is Included?
19. Areas to Negotiate
20. Section Summary
Section IV | Goal Setting
21. 1, 5, and 10 Year Goals – Key to Success
Section V | What Are All of the Expenses Involved?
22. What Are All of the Expenses Involved?
23. Other Expenses to Consider
24. Expenses List
25. Section Summary
Section VI | How Do I Decide How Much to Chart?
26. First, I Must Say This…
27. Packaging Treatments
28. Varying Treatment Lengths
29. Lower Fee Budget
30. Setting Your Fees
31. Section Summary
Section VII | Course Summary + The Checklist
32. ‘Get the Job’ Final Checklist
33. Course Summary
34. Now What? Setting Up for Day One: Part II of the Series
Students are saying…
“This course was helpful in getting a more complete picture of becoming an acupuncturist, including how to get the job, goal setting, information on expenses and how to set your fees so that you can make money at the job you love. Very helpful to get a perspective from someone that has experience in this field.”
“Very good and informative. Straightforward and easy to follow. A must for anyone starting out!”
“Great! My friend who took the course recommended it to me. Everything was very helpful. I wish I learned all that while I was still at school.”
“Gillian’s course goes through so much that is so important when first starting out! Invaluable advice from start to finish, and thank you for the templates and “homework” to force me to get organized!”
“I registered due to the desire to start out strong. This course was detailed, thorough, and inspiring. I found the most useful parts to be the contract/interview preparation, the purchase list (capital and ongoing), and goal setting.”
“Extremely helpful. I got through my first interview with greater confidence because of this course. I highly recommend this course to new grads. Gillian covers all the important items we are not taught in school. It has been a very informative and valuable course!”
“I just want to express my sincere gratitude to Gillian. I feel that I’ve been mentored by a very experienced, open, practical, efficient practitioner and teacher. This course is super practical, informative, systematic, comprehensive, and fun. I feel supported and more confident in what I do and what kind of practitioner I am.”
“Enjoyable, inspiring and validating. Some of the materials were familiar to me and some new. Appreciated the variety, demonstrations and samples.”
“I liked this course and I plan on referring back to it later. It really helped me to figure out what I want from my acupuncture jobs in the future and it asked questions that I didn’t even think about. Amazing. More than I was expecting.”
“I really really liked how throughout the course you kept giving us pep talks, acknowledging that we might be scared and nervous starting off! Good to know this is normal!”
“I want to get as good as I can as quickly as I can. This course, in particular, appealed to me because it offers a lot of practical client start-up/upgrade protocols that are rarely taught in college. I also really like your teaching style and dedication to facilitating student learning. A million times, thank you!“
“It was excellent. To have something tried and true to adapt to our own purposes is amazing. Some things, I might not have even realized I could benefit from; other things have saved me bucket loads of time. Incredibly thoughtful and informative. So grateful!!”
“This course is a great way to settle the nerves of entering a new field. A lot of information on how/where to get started. I didn’t have anyone to turn to for advice but this course was like having a friend guide the way.“
“Excellent, comprehensive, and essential for new practitioners! This course covers so many questions I had as a new practitioner and areas that were not covered in school.“
“This course is wonderful for someone who isn’t sure where they want to work once they’ve finished school and have completed their board exams. Most useful? 1. The insight into mentorship vs. apprenticeship. 2.Expenses section. 3. The different clinic styles. 4. Areas to negotiate in contracts.”
“I found the goal setting super helpful, inspiring, and put my mind at ease having the 3-month plan. I found the packaging ideas great! So much good advice that we did not get in school!‘”
“Excellent. Very informative and a comforting to have such support available at this early stage of my career.”
“I joined because I had a great experience in the Bootcamps. This course was as brilliant as ever. I especially found useful the parts about setting fees and not being afraid to charge a fair fee!”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.