Becoming a Beauty Therapist
There are many different areas and courses that specialise in beauty therapy. Depending on your interests and work avenues this ranges from a Certificate II to a Diploma, with speciality areas of nails, make-up, body, hair removal and massage.
1. Do your research with units in your course and qualifications
If you need more information about your qualification, speak to a trainer or assessor at the training organisation. Ask for a tour of the premises and an opportunity to talk with the trainer/assessor to find out exactly what the course offers.
2. Seek and commit to your course
Depending on your area of interest, you are required to have a formal beauty qualification to work in the beauty industry. You will need to do a combination of practical and theoretical study so make sure you commit to the required learning days and times.
3. Work experience will provide you with clarification
During or before your course you should seek work experience: observing and assisting where possible in a real work environment will provide you with experience in the industry plus give you a good indication of what a typical working day will look like.
4. Think outside the box
Securing a job or work experience as a receptionist at a hair, cosmetic or beauty salon will provide you with the ideal experience and a great learning opportunity. Experience in retail is also an added bonus as retailing is a big part of the beauty industry.
During your course and after your course, it is a good idea to join a beauty association and product development sessions to network in this industry. Contact distributors of brands and beauty wholesale shops who have regular training days and product sessions with many brands.
6. Talk to your assessor
Your assessor and trainer will have knowledge and experience (and contacts) in the industry and may be able to assist you with your CV and possibly act as a referee for your CV!
7. Look at workshops
There are many workshops that may provide you with a set skill or learning area. Any extra study or professional development will add to your training and experience in securing work.