Written by John Immel,
Ayurveda as a practical career choice.The decision to study Ayurveda is an exciting one! Maybe you dipped your toe into this theory of medicine during a nutrition course, or you came to it while searching for answers to your own health issues. These initial introductions can leave you thirsty for more and ready to dive into deeper learning.
But how do you convince your family, employers, friends, and even yourself, that this is not just a passion project? Many prospective students struggle to describe, or envision, their Ayurvedic path as a practical career choice. Ayurveda students have a desire to help their communities - but their families and friends may wonder how they will realize this dream. It is normal for the people around you to be curious about this new path and you will get plenty of questions. After all, it is a significant commitment of time and resources!
Planning your future career builds your confidence, and increases the financial success of your Ayurveda future.
Go from vague, to clear and confident.Lacking a career plan, most students have only a vague idea or vision of their future clinic. They give a vague and unconvincing response, such as:
"I'm getting my Ayurveda degree so I can start an alternative health clinic."Once you've put the five steps below into action, your answer will have detail and focus. This might sound like:
"My plan is to study Ayurveda to reduce arthritis among construction workers. I've been in the construction industry for 15 years and know how many of them suffer. There are over 5,000 construction workers in our county alone. Nobody else is offering a targeted solution to this group. I believe I could easily contact all the licensed contractors in our area and start promoting my services to them, and even write a small newsletter each month for them. At only 10 clients a week, I could contribute $50,000 to our family income a year."Imagine you were an investor advising a friend or family member about a new path. Which plan would you invest in? Having a career plan gives you clarity on your direction, and the needs of your future cliebts. It helps you narrow down the promotional efforts and makes your marketing more engaging. Inevitably, you will feel more confident about your career as an Ayurvedic professional.
What is a career plan summary?This 5 Step career plan is just that, a researched breakdown of how your clinic or business will look. Drafting your career plan not only strengthens your confidence and ability to justify this big step, it can also increase the financial success of your Ayurvedic career when you do launch. The best part? You have the option to build your plan even before you begin your studies, giving you clear, flexible guideposts along the way.
Here are the elements of your 5 Step Career Plan
Create your 5-Step Ayurveda career plan.Are you ready to put pen to paper and outline your own career plan summary? Here are the five steps you need:
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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