You can train to become a beauty therapist with us in a variety of ways to suit your lifestyle. Our courses are incredibly flexible, diverse and open to all ages and both sexes. As a qualified therapist you can make you own dreams come true, whether you travel abroad or stay at home there are a multitude of career paths available to you. The most popular career path is to work in a beauty salon or day spa, both are most rewarding, here you get to use your entire skill set helping people from all walks of life look and feel amazing. Other career choices are airline companies, sports and health clubs, as well as on the luxurious cruise liners or you could become a full-time educator, a beauty contributor for magazine and TV, you could go into product development, retail, or management specialist; and of course the ultimate ambition become your own boss. Whatever career path you choose one thing you will quickly come to realize is that the beauty industry is without a doubt one of the most fulfilling, motivating and inspiring industry to work in.
Our reputation for consistency producing highly skilled therapists, our association and partnerships with companies like Steiner and Galgorm spa, often means that many employers regularly contact the school to recruit new staff. Our graduates' skills and standards stand out from others and their work ethic enables them to quickly reach senior positions or management level within two or three years of qualifying.
Below are just some of the different careers paths available to the qualified CIDESCO, CIBTAC graduate.
From professional beauty salons and department stores all around the United Kingdom and Ireland to exotic international locations, there are thousands of beauty salons. Salons offer a full range of treatments – from facials, microdermabrasion to manicure, pedicure, massage, makeup, waxing and body treatments, which are all covered in your training.
Day spas are a rapidly growing sector in the beauty business. Therapists use natural products and seaweed to promote relaxation and well-being using brands such as Espa, Elemis, Phytomer, Aromatherapy Associates and therapeutic treatments like the vichy rain showers, hot lava shells, hot stone therapy and a variety of massage techniques are employed from Thai to Balinese and even ancient Ayurveic massages.
A beauty consultant typically works behind a cosmetics or skincare counter in large departmental store or commercial outlet and advises customers on the best products to buy that will suit their needs. A beauty consultant usually works for a cosmetics manufacturer selling a particular brand.
For the adventurous and those who wish to see the world, there are Day Spas on board luxury cruise liners. You’ll see the world in style and be paid to do what you love. With hundreds of cruise ships travelling the globe, there is no shortage of jobs.
If you are interested in travelling a health resort would offer you the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and work within an environment that offers advanced spa treatments.
Makeup is an exciting industry. Your knowledge and skills in skincare and make-up will equip you to work as a make-up artist to specialise in catwalk, bridal, fantasy, remedial camouflage and other areas.
Massage is a rewarding skill, highly regarded by future employers. You have the option to diversify from basic relaxation massage to others fields like reflexology, aromatherapy and more or you can develop your massage skills through postgraduate training such as, Deep tissue massage, Indian Head massage, Orthopaedic massage, Aromatherapy and Sports massage.
Management and training
If you enjoy managing people, you can work your way from spa coordinator to assistant manager, salon manager, even director of spa. There are also great opportunities in treatment development and in-house training in both product and spa brands.
Your own business
There is always the ultimate ambition of becoming your own boss, self employed, salon owner, freelance, mobile (home visits) or working from home, managing a beauty salon or even operating a beauty training centre or chain, the possibilities are endless.
With experience comes the opportunity to pass on your skills to other therapists as a tutor. To progress into the rewarding realm of teaching beauty therapy you need to have 5 years experience in a salon environment and then you need to complete a recognised teacher training certificate / diploma course.