Top 10 tips when choosing a Beauty Therapy Course
1. Not all qualifications are internationally recognised and you need to do your homework on checking out what qualifications you want for this Career. It is also important to ensure that the qualifications map onto a national framework so that you can carry educational credits with you and you can apply for government grants such as the Susi grant!
2. Look at what the college can offer YOU??? Will you get a full range of disciplines within your chosen college/ Can you continue or further your qualifications with trainings like Nail Technology, Make up artistry, Laser hair removal, Advanced Beauty Therapy??
3. Is there a college “vibe” that will allow you to mix with other students….Rag day, Social Events, student council etc. This way you can follow your chosen pathway for Beauty/Make up and get that college feel!
4. Check out the equipment and product ranges that the college have available to you. Is it of a professional standard? Will there be enough equipment to allow you to practice what is required by the syllabi? Will you feel confident and competent at the end of the year?
5. Check out dates for Open Days that may be available within the Colleges. Visit the open days and get the opportunity to speak directly to staff and students (both past and present). Look at the Therapy rooms and get a feel for the environment. If possible look/speak to the staff who are teaching on the courses and see can you find out about their industry experience. What can they bring to YOU! Can they help you with your pathway? Are they registered with the Irish Teaching Council? Can they bring out the best in YOU?
6. Check out if there is an opportunity for you to take part in Live Pop Up Salons! Real clients in a simulated salon environment can be very beneficial in helping you to develop your skills. You can also get a chance to bring in your family and friends and show them exactly what you can do!!!
7. Can the college give you the support you may need??? Check out financial supports such as grants, Back to Education schemes, VTOS schemes, payment plans etc. If you have been dealing with dyslexia or other issues that you have had support for in Secondary school can this continue for you? Will there be a support mechanism in place to help you move on with your education in a supported manner!
8. What will your travel plans be? Is the college accessible to you? Look at bus timetables, Dart lines, Trains etc. What is available for parking if you want to drive? If you are planning on moving to an area check out accommodation within the surrounding area.
9. Check out any additional trainings that may be offered to you which are not on the syllabus? For example; Computerised Salon Management systems like “Phorest”, Certified Spray Tanning, Threading, HD Brows, Crystal nail application etc. These little extras can go a long way on your CV!
10. Follow your gut instinct! You are the one that will have to work hard to succeed in your chosen career but when you do choose where you will study grab every opportunity that presents to you! This career is amazing…………….It is ever changing with new trends all the time. Stay up to date, work hard, and learn new skills as much as you can and most of all ENJOY THE JOURNEY!!!!