Amanda proves the point that making a false start does not always prevent you from winning! Although she had always wanted to be a beauty therapist, after completing only one year of a two year beauty therapy course she decided the grass was greener elsewhere and joined a friend as a chalet maid at a well known holiday camp! It only took her three months to realise that she had made a big mistake and after begging her tutors to take her back she embarked on a beauty therapy course for the second time.
This time she was far more motivated and also worked part time in a Tanning and Toning salon, to gain as much experience with clients as possible. When she completed her level 3 qualification she was offered a senior therapist position in a very busy beauty salon, covering for the owners when they were away. During this time Amanda continued to add to her practical skills with Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Indian head massage, Ear candling, Stone therapy and Reiki. After three years on land Amanda worked for Steiner on board ship as assistant spa manager responsible for training staff, client booking systems and putting together staff work rotas, making sure that all the therapists could spend some time visiting the countries at each port of call. Her practical skills were put to good use as Amanda was now able to provide beauty and holistic treatments therefore could cover for all other therapists when required.
Subsequent jobs included; assistant manageress in the hair and beauty salon in a Rackhams department store, beauty therapist for Toni and Guy, the Lowry Hotel and Harvey Nichols in Manchester and finally working in an elite beauty salon in Cheshire, providing top of the range beauty treatments.
Amanda then went on to train as a college lecturer, adding micro-pigmentation to her many skills,she now combines teaching with working in a salon as a self employed therapist. She says ‘Try and gain as much work experience as you can whilst training and in industry, then you can decide which treatments or areas you want to specialise in. Continue learning and try and do as many new courses as you can, to fit in with work. Having a Level 3 beauty therapy qualification with all the additional holistic therapies has allowed me to work in some great salons where they appreciate the many skills I have developed over the years.
Employers are always looking for therapists who are multi-skilled and flexible and being able to work in all areas at quiet times, for example in summer the number of body massage treatments falls but there is a huge increase in waxing treatments and holiday beauty! I am now an expert in providing
‘Intimate waxing' for ladies as this is such a popular salon treatment.'