There’s nothing better in life than being able to do what you love, and make other people feel amazing in the process!
And this is exactly what made Steph, our academy director, choose a career in beauty therapy. We spoke to her about why she started her own business and why she’s so happy to be doing what she loves, every single day.
What made you choose beauty therapy?
“I was only about 9 years old when I realised that I wanted to do beauty therapy. I got some nail varnishes for Christmas, and I remember feeling so excited. I was full of joy as I opened the lid and started painting my nails, even though they looked a total mess!
I shouted to my dad, “What do you call those people who paint nails?”, and he replied that they were beauticians. I knew from that moment that was what I wanted to be, and even though I hate the word beautician now, I guess I was lucky to have known what I wanted to be from such a young age.”
What do you love most about working in beauty therapy?
“I loved working as a therapist, but I mainly teach others now, so there’s more of an emphasis on me passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I love watching my students grow and seeing their confidence build, and they can do that when they train at the academy because it’s such a relaxed environment.
I can’t narrow down what I love about beauty therapy to just one thing, but making people feel good about themselves and watching them leave the salon feeling amazing has to be pretty high up the list.
I adore my job and I always have done. I never wanted to do anything other than beauty therapy and I would never leave the profession.”
What do you love most about being self-employed?
“I like the flexibility it gives you. I can work the hours I want and I’m in control. There’s no boss breathing down my neck, and I don’t have to work with people I don’t like. I also feel a huge sense of achievement when I think about how far my business has come. Every year, I set goals and I’m so proud when I achieve them.”
What have your biggest career challenges been?
“There have been so many challenges over the years. When I first started my beauty therapy training, I really lacked confidence, and I realised this has a lot to do with the person who trains you. This is what inspires me to be supportive and understanding with my students.
I worked on cruise ships and I aspired to be a manager, but unfortunately, I was put off this idea because I didn’t have a good manager who inspired me, and my time at sea ended.
Self-employment can be a bumpy ride, and having your own business requires plenty of motivation and determination to keep going, especially during the tough times.”
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to work in beauty therapy?
“I would say go for it, be committed to it, work hard, and always keep your skills up to date. This is how you get to be the best you can be.
Go for a job that will give you the most experience in the industry, for example, working in a spa will be a very different experience compared to working in a salon. When you apply for a job, always keep in your mind what you would like to specialise in.
Beauty Therapy isn’t a well-paid job, though you will find that it gives you so much satisfaction. Your job is a huge part of your life, so make sure you’re doing something you love.”
If you’re thinking about a career in Beauty Therapy, why not train with us, and put yourself on the path to doing your dream job?
All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.
For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 0782533734