On leaving school I was very confused about what career to choose. At school my Art & Design teacher had encouraged me to pursue a career in Art but I decided instead to enrol on a three year hair and beauty course at my local college in Kent. Whilst many of my peers dropped out over the three years I have never looked back! For a while I was undecided as to which I preferred, hair or beauty. At that time when I was studying, I was a Saturday girl in a local hairdressers and wondered if I would pursue that further.
However, when I reached level 3 in Beauty therapy I found that I loved learning and delivering massages and from then on I knew I wanted to progress further into the Beauty and Holistic industry. I have now been a qualified therapist for 13 years.
Immediately after achieving my qualification in 2004 I was approached by a local salon owner and gained employment in her salon. I spent 6 years here delivering a range of beauty treatments and was fortunate enough to attend training courses regularly on new skincare products and treatments. Whilst I was at the salon my love of and interest in massage grew further and I enjoyed learning new movements and techniques from other therapists as often as I could, so I could then incorporate them into my own massages. I felt proud of the feedback I got from clients and felt that I was really helping them.
After 6 years I felt I needed to move on to another area of the industry and so I went on to teaching in a further educational college where I have spent the past 6 years teaching and assessing level 2&3 students. I have found teaching rewarding and I am passionate about helping others to achieve their goals. To see students excel and achieve their qualification makes me very happy, particularly when it involves students that have come close to giving up or have low self-esteem.
Throughout my teaching career I have always had a home based salon where I see clients each week for a range of beauty and holistic treatments. I enjoy being hands on, delivering treatments as well as teaching as I feel that keeping my skills up to date with the industry enhances my teaching as I am then able to pass my experience on to my students.
I have also been fortunate enough for the past two years to work backstage at the O2 for the Jingle Bell Ball concert where I delivered massage to the dancers and artists before they went on stage In 2016 I attended many training courses as I have passion for learning new things and I feel this is important to maintain my motivation. I also believe you never stop learning. Three of these courses were with Gateway Workshops.
I found the teaching from my Gateway tutors to be of an excellent standard and I enjoyed being part of a smaller group. To now have the opportunity to become a massage tutor for Gateway Workshops in London really excites me and I look forward to meeting all of my students and assisting them to progress further in this industry.