Meet the professional: Mia

The thriving beauty industry offers great opportunity, with an array of roles on offer. Whether you’d like to work within a salon or spa as a beauty therapist or venture into other beauty related areas such as buying, training or management, there are a host of positions on offer. Ellisons’ UK Brand Trainer, Mia Hutchinson, initially joined the team working within one of our Professional Retail Stores. Today, Mia is responsible for training across the UK and spends a lot of her time travelling up and down the country, as well as occasionally delivering courses within our established Academies. We’ve had a chat with Mia to find out how her career has developed and what challenges a budding beauty professional can expect to come across.

How did you first become interested in beauty and the beauty industry?

After a stint at Pizza Hut, I took on a job at the Ellisons Professional Retail Store in Leicester as a sales assistant. This inspired me to go and study my Level 2 Beauty Therapy. I continued to work at the Ellisons store throughout my studies and, once graduated, I was given the opportunity to go on a tanning training course, which made me fall in love with the idea of training. I was then lucky enough to embark on a teacher training course with Ellisons and I started off my educator career by delivering courses at their Academies.

How did your studies and experience help you get to where you are today?

As I had studied to become a trainer, I was eager to take on a full time training role but, at the time, there was none available. I decided to use my Level 2 Beauty qualification and become a full time mobile therapist, offering everything from spray tanning to nail treatments. I loved it but I still wanted to develop a career within training, which is why I immediately said yes when Ellisons offered me a full time training role. I was self-employed to begin with however, I am now employed by Ellisons and was appointed as their UK Brand Trainer this year.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I love the fact that no day is ever the same. I meet so many different people from different backgrounds and it’s great to share my knowledge and help people start their own businesses. Attending shows and exhibitions, such as Professional Beauty, are also an exciting part of my job. Earlier this year, I worked on the Sunborn Yacht hotel in London which was an amazing experience.

What challenges do you face within your role?

As I travel a lot, I do a lot of long distance driving which can be tough. It’s also hard work when you arrive at a spa or college to deliver training and they’re unorganised or the plan has changed. It’s important to be adaptable and I’ve become unfazed by most things.

What advice would you give to anyone hoping to pursue a career in the beauty industry?

If you’re passionate, go for it but you need to be flexible and willing to learn. It’s also important to constantly better yourself by taking on new training and refreshing your existing skills. The beauty industry is always changing so you have to be able to keep up. The industry opens so many doors and is hard work but completely worth every minute. If I can do it, so can you!

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