I started my career in the beauty industry fourteen years ago in a small beauty salon in my home town, on the south coast of England.
After a while I decided that there was a whole world out there that I wanted to see, and I realised that I had chosen the perfect profession to allow me to do just that - to travel whilst gaining invaluable work experience along the way.
Working in a Beauty Salon onboard a cruise ship seemed like a good place to start.
So, over the next four years I completed four contracts at sea, taking me to far-away places such as the Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii.
On my third contract I was appointed as the Salon Manager on a world cruise, which meant that I visited many different countries, saw many places, and did many things that I never imagined I would have the chance to do.
I got up close to Komodo dragons in Indonesia, learnt to scuba dive in Mexico and swam with stingrays in the Cayman Islands. Within the space of just a few weeks I had seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Acropolis in Greece and the Berlin wall in Germany.
Every time I finished a contract I would come home with so many stories, photos and souvenirs.
Of course we worked hard too! I learnt a lot during my time on the cruise ships and it gave me a great grounding for all of the jobs that came after.
After my final contract I decided that I needed some time on dry land, and so I moved to London.
Over the next few years I worked in Spas in luxury hotels, where I got an insight into the lives of the rich and famous, and met a number of celebrities from Britney to Kylie. Here I learnt a different set of skills, such as how to work in a very fast paced environment and how to adapt to accommodate the needs of a variety of people from royalty to journalists.
Eventually, I began to get itchy feet again. I had always had a passion for all things Italian, so after learning a few words of the language I left to work in Milan.
This was when I fully appreciated the fact that you didn't necessarily need to speak the same language to give someone a good treatment.
Now I am living in Singapore. I am still in the beauty industry and working as a Trainer.
I have continuously learnt new skills over the past fourteen years and now face the new challenge of training Therapists whose first language is Mandarin!
And so my journey continues
© Claire Hitchcock