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 National Training Manager, Louise Armstrong, began her career by working within a variety of spas and salons as a beauty therapist. Today, Louise is responsible for managing Ellisons beauty training across the UK and frequently travels the world with her role. We caught up with Louise to find out how her career has developed and what advice she would offer to those seeking a career within the world of beauty.
How did you first become interested in beauty and the beauty industry?
From a young age, I always had an interest in beauty. As I got older, I realised how diverse the industry could be and was keen to learn more. I then went on to study my NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Beauty therapy.
How did your studies and experience help you get to where you are today?
My studies were quite generic but once I qualified, I started working in a variety of salons and spas and I learned so much. Consistent training is key. As the industry is always evolving, from the latest product to a new massage technique, it’s really important to keep up to date. If your employer does not provide product training, it’s important to attend national exhibitions or training courses where time and money will allow.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love the variety that my role offers. Working in a national role means no two days are ever the same. Even if I am training Bamboo massage every day for a week, the location and therapists are different. It also means that I can continue to use my skills as a therapist but it keeps it interesting. I even learn from my students sometimes too! Being able to travel as part of my role is also a bonus; I’m currently answering these questions from my hotel room in Shanghai!
What challenges do you face within your role?
Things can sometimes go wrong when working on location, from lost stock to poorly students. I have learnt to plan for the worst but always hope for the best.
What advice would you give to anyone hoping to pursue a career in the beauty industry?
It’s important to keep an open mind. If you have a genuine passion for the industry, there are numerous career paths to take. Be prepared to serve your time as a fresh face therapist working weekends and long hours. You’ll learn a lot during that time and you never know what opportunities will come your way.
If you’d like to develop your beauty career, why not attend a course at the Ellisons Academy. From CND™Shellac™ to waxing and eyelash enhancement courses, you are guaranteed to find a course to enhance your skills with our established Academy. Visit the website today to view the full selection of courses on offer. You can also contact the Academy directly on: 024 7636 9516