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We also spoke to Rachel, a student about to finish her Diploma.
What is your advice for others?
I would say go for it, be committed to it, work hard, and always keep your skills up to date.
Definitely enrol in TAFE NSW over a private college. In my experience the fees at private colleges are astronomical – and some of them are online. Part of the course is learning facial massage, body massage, hair removal, cosmetic tattooing, spa treatments, lash and brow treatments, make-up – aromatherapy – I think you really need to be learning that in a practical environment.
Even before I finished the course I was able to provide advice on beauty treatments and services to people coming into the store and I loved how quickly I was able to jump into the industry. It was such a good choice for me.
My other advice is that when you are at TAFE and are looking for your work placement, 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. So when you apply for a job, always keep in your mind what you would like to specialise in.
Something else that students should know is that beauty therapy isn’t the highest paid job, so while there are opportunities to own your own business – don’t go into it for the money. I love my job and I can genuinely say that every day I wake and want to go to work. Your job is a huge part of your life, so make sure you’re doing something you love. I do it for the satisfaction.
Want to know more? Make sure you watch the full video for how to get started in the industry.