Starting a new career can be hard. You don’t know where to begin and there is just so much to get your head around. The journey to becoming a Beauty Therapist is no different and that is why The Training Room is here to help. Everyday we help our students to start their careers in the Beauty Industry, if you’ve got a question the chances are that we’ve heard it before. That is why we’ve popped together this blog post, to outline 10 easy steps which you can take to help you to become a Beauty Therapist and land your dream career!
Step 1: Deciding That You Want To Be a Beauty Therapist
The first, daunting step on any career path is deciding what you want to be. It is the same for becoming a Beauty Therapist. At this stage you will more than likely be carrying out some research, reading around your desired field and will probably have stumbled across sites such as The National Careers Service or Plotr , where you will find a wealth of information about becoming a Beauty Therapist, industry overviews and much more.
Step 2: Making Sure That You Are a Good ‘Fit’ For The Beauty Industry
Although there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ people for the beauty industry in general there are certain traits which will make you more suited than others. Being a ‘people person’ should come naturally, along with a creative flair and being able to put your client’s at ease. Whatever your reason for becoming a Beauty Therapist it is important to make sure that you will enjoy your job; ensuring that you possess at least some of the basic competencies will see that you fit right in!
Step 3: Getting Qualified As a Beauty Therapist
To practise as a Beauty Therapist in the UK it is normally necessary to hold formal qualifications. At The Training Room we are pleased to offer the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy which covers everything from brush strokes to massage and beyond. The ITEC qualification is internationally recognised and HABIA approved - it really is the creme-de-la-creme of beauty courses. On graduation from the ITEC diploma in beauty therapy you will be certified to level 3, this is the highest entry level into the beauty industry.
Step 4: Deciding How You Want To Study
When you take a beauty therapy course with The Training Room you are given two options of how you can study. These are:
Full-time : taking place 2 consecutive days a week for 12 weeks, this is the perfect option for those who want to qualify quickly without compromising on the quality of their training.
Part-time : taught on one weekend out of every 3 this part-time course takes place over 10 months. This more flexible option of the beauty course is especially good for those who do not want to give up work to retrain or have other commitments during the week.
Step 5: Specialise
With an industry as diverse as beauty it is important to set yourself apart from the crowd by specialising in various areas. The Training Room offers a one-day Continuing Professional Development Course (CPD) - GelColor by OPI, as part of our beauty therapy courses. This ensures that you can offer more than the bare minimum to your clients and serves to enhance your earning potential.
Step 6: Getting Your Career
You’ve qualified! Well done.
Now to find a job, with the majority of the beauty industry being employed in salons, health clubs and spas this is probably where you will find employment. However it is important to note that you could also be a self-employed Beauty Therapist who works either from home or is mobile.
You could even choose to work abroad!
Whatever you decide to do, when you choose to do a course with The Training Room you are safe in the knowledge that from registration, for 3 years you will receive our superb career support to help connect you with opportunities. What’s more is that we’ll even guarantee you an interview with one of our big name corporate partners to get you ahead of the game when it comes to those all important job applications. Our corporate partners include: Blink Brow Bar and The Onboard Spa by Steiner .
For more information about getting your dream job in the beauty industry read Louise Jones ’ top tips.
Step 7: Getting Down To Business
This step will largely depend on if you are employed or self-employed.
Employed: The first few months that you work you should take every opportunity to progress, learn and grow within your role. Take this opportunity to start building your client base, like hairdressing clients, people tend to stick with a Beauty Therapist that they like.
Self-Employed: Firstly, there are all the legalities which must be dealt with when setting up your own business, this includes all the relevant paperwork including tax and insurance. Information about being self-employed can be found here . After you have set up your business you must market your services (this may include building your own website, placing ads in the local paper or setting up a Facebook business page etc.) and you must work on growing your client base.
Step 8: Reap The Rewards
After a while you’ll start to see the benefits of all your hard work - financially non-managers can expect to earn up to £20,000 with management earning £30,000+. In addition, you will be in a career that you love, that you’ve always dreamed of!
Step 9: Continue To Learn
Once you have established your career, continuing to complete training course and specialising in different areas such as spray-tanning or variations of massage will enable you to offer more to you clients and increase your earning potential. If you are employed in a salon or spa additional training course may help you to progress within your role.
Step 10: Celebrate
Step back and look at what you’ve created. You’ve done it. You’ve become a successful Beauty Therapist.
Give yourself a pat on the back - you deserve it! Let us guess, you’re feeling pretty stress-free about the whole experience because you followed our 10 super easy steps!
Want Some More Information?
If we’ve whetted your appetite and you would like some more information about our beauty therapy courses or any of the other courses that we have on offer then head over to our website and have a browse. Or if you’d rather speak to us in person, you can request for us to give you a call or call us yourself, our contact details can be found here.