The Life of a Beauty Therapist
My name is Amanda, I am aged 33 and my height is 5"3 and a quarter. I have long brown hair and green eyes, just so you can picture me. I have been in the beauty industry since leaving school at the age of 16.
I guess you could say that I was sucked in by the glamorous world of beauty. My mother would regularly go to a salon for this that and the other. From the age of 11, I found this fascinating and would often tag along even though sometimes I would have to wait outside trying to peep in.
I was a young school girl who desperately wanted to be a model but knowing I was never going to get the height, I thought that this industry might be the next best thing.
As I got older, I myself was allowed to have the odd treatment. Nothing glamorous just the pain of waxing, which has not got any better. During this time I questioned and questioned the poor therapist about how she got into the beauty industry. She must have thought, 'Here we go again' each time I met her, but she answered all my questions about her job over and over again to give me the information I needed.
From the age of 14 I dedicated myself to studying English and Science GCSE. These were the two main qualifications of four which you needed at that time to study City & Guilds Beauty Diploma. I even had my school work experience at College on the beauty course; I was so desperate to be part of that world.
Looking back I think it is funny, I could have gone anywhere for work experience, a salon having treatments, a health farm, but no, not me. I chose COLLEGE.
15 years later, I am still at college. Only this time I am the Beauty Lecturer.
I have had various jobs along the way from working in a beauty salon to cruise ships. I have had a lot of experience in the industry and I have enjoyed every minute of it. It has been hard work but very rewarding. I have met some wonderful people and great friends along the way.
There have been times when I have tried other careers but it was not the same. I am very happy doing what I do now and I hope to stay in the beauty industry for the rest of my career. I feel that the best thing about being a beauty lecturer is being able to pass on my skills and experiences to other ambitious girls who are just starting off their careers as I did.