Never too Late to Kick Start your Dream Career!11th July 2013
Vicki Louise Shaw (40) has been studying Level 2 Intensive Beauty Therapy at the College for a year and has high hopes for the future: “I hope to open my own mobile beauty business called ‘Perfection’ which will be based around Triangle and the surrounding areas. It will specialise in traditional beauty, luxury manicures, pedicures and facials.”
Being a busy mum of five, Vicki is used to a hectic lifestyle and not putting herself first all the time, but studying beauty has always been a part of Vicki’s aspirations: “I studied beauty at the College 10 years ago, but because I had my children, I never pursued it. I did little short courses in my own time at the College during the evening which covered Cosmetic Make-up and Waxing and a Manicures and Pedicures but I never got chance to go any further. Now that my children are old enough I thought that this year I am going to do it! I just wanted to do something for myself which I truly love. I didn’t have the time when the children were growing up and wanted to wait until they were a little bit older so I could fully commit to completing a course.”
Being a mature student and being used to a busy schedule has also helped Vicki through the course: “I am used to being so busy and at so many different places at different times. It has been hard going to College with the children, but I was very determined.”
Last month, Vicki came second in the Yorkshire & Humberside World Skills Beauty Competition, held at Bradford College. The competition focused on the role and tasks of a Beauty Therapist. This includes carrying out a range of treatments which reflect both current and traditional beauty therapy treatments. Vicki went head-to-head with sixteen other colleges in the final and made a lasting impression on the judges: “They thought I was very professional and actually thought I already worked in a Salon. I had to do a full manicure, a red and French polish, half a leg wax and a full facial and it had to be timed.”
Vicki was chosen by her tutor to join the Artistic Team which is an extra-curricular programme, offered to students who demonstrate exceptional talent and commitment throughout their programme of study. Vicki gave up her own time to be part of the Artistic Team so she could perfect her skills with the team which helped her fend off tough opposition and achieve second place in the competition.
Last week Vicki won Level 2 Beauty Therapy Student of the Year award at the Hair, Beauty and Catering Awards for her commitment and dedication to the course and profession. Charlotte Jones Beauty Therapy Lecturer explains why she won: “Vicki has really excelled this year both in her theory and practical sessions. She has also helped other students in her class and attended all the extra-curricular Artistic Team skills sessions, even though she has a lot of family commitments. Her desire to learn and passion for her course and the industry shines through, so it comes as no surprise that she now has lots of loyal clients. All her time and effort spent learning and perfecting her skills has finally paid off.
Beauty was not the only dream of Vicki’s growing up. You may be surprised to learn that Karate was also one of her passions. Karate meant that Vicki was able to travel extensively and represent her country: “I trained every day and we used to go to London for training sessions to train with the English teams. My sister and I went all over Europe fighting for our country and the last competition I entered before I became a mum was the World Championships in Florida where I came third.”
From September, Vicki plans to work three days a week at ‘The House of Creation’ in Ripponden and spend the rest of her time running her own mobile Beauty business, ‘Perfection’. Vicki hopes to return to the College to complete a selection of short courses; including Hollywood Lash Extensions and Hot Stone Treatments which will build upon her portfolio and eventually help set up her very own Salon.
Vicki’s tutors have inspired her to pass on her knowledge and experience, in order to enthuse others: “My tutors are absolutely fantastic - they couldn’t have been more supportive. The teaching is fantastic and very thorough and they really know what they are talking about. If the opportunity arises I would love to return to the College to offer advice and consult students on how to perform in the Artistic team and help other students like they have helped me.”
Vicki highly recommends the course; looking back over the year she recalls her reasons for choosing to study Beauty Therapy at the College: “It was local and I had already enjoyed studying here before and just thought I would come back.”