How old were you when you realised you wanted a career in Beauty Therapy?
I have always said that I wanted to be a beauty therapist ever since I can remember. My mum used to go for treatments such as pedicures and I’d go along with her to watch when I was a little girl. I remember being fascinated by it and always asking questions and as soon as we’d leave I’d say that I wanted to that when I grew up!
What made you choose Wilberforce? Did you visit before you applied for your place?
I visited a couple of colleges before I decided where to go but Wilberforce felt different to the others because it felt more like a salon. The others seemed too clinical, like a hospital, they were all big, bright, white rooms with white curtains around the beds which felt quite intimidating but Wilberforce seemed like any regular salon that you might go to. Overall Wilberforce just felt a lot warmer, the staff were really friendly and helpful and I knew there would only be quite small groups too so that made me feel more comfortable knowing that it would be more one on one rather than a massive group where you may feel too scared to ask questions.
When did you study at Wilberforce and which course did you do?
I studied from 2015-2017 and did Beauty Therapy Level 2 then Beauty Therapy Level 3.
What did you like about the course?
Nothing was ever boring! Even the anatomy and physiology lessons learning the cardiovascular system, endocrine system, skeletal system etc were never dull and boring, we always had activity’s and things to do to get us through it.
After college, what did you then do – where did you go to work?
I started working full time at Angels beauty lounge in Hedon
How easy was it for you to find work?
For me it was pretty easy because I’d had jobs in the industry all the way through high school. I had a Saturday job at a hairdressers for a year and then I got another Saturday job at a spa and stayed there for a couple of years. Angels was always where I wanted to work growing up so I took a CV there and I started working as a Saturday girl at first but quickly went on to being a junior. I was doing 3 days at college and 4 days at work (on one day I’d finish college and go straight to work after) so I only had a Sunday off but I didn’t mind at all because I loved what I was doing! I attended training for work at the same time as studying for college so it was two years of hard work but it was well worth it in the end!
What do you like about your job?
I love that you will never get a day the same! One day you could be doing a lot of nails, waxing and pedicures which are chatty, bright treatments and the next you could be doing a lot of massage, body wraps and facials which are quiet, relaxing treatments in a candle lit room.
I love the clients too! So many different people come through the door on a daily basis and you never know what you may end up chatting about! You get to see so many different personalities.
Do you think the course and the college made you very employable?
I think the college prepares students in the best possible way that they can for going out into the “real world” and finding a job.
The college give you all the knowledge and skills you will need to become employed but the rest is down to you!
How did you rate the teaching, and the support you received from the college?
10/10! The tutors went above and beyond for any student that may be struggling. I myself emailed tutors when I needed help and even stayed back to talk to them and it was no trouble whatsoever. They seemed happy to help.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to study Beauty Therapy?
Stick with it! Take it seriously! And be passionate about it, and your learning. Beauty Therapy is not an “easy option” as many people see it. You do a lot of theory work and anatomy and physiology which is not easy but when you have completed it, it’s so rewarding and something to be very proud of. Having your qualification in Beauty Therapy is something no one can take off you once you have it so put the work in and the results will come.