The beauty therapy industry is booming. In the UK it’s worth billions of pounds, employs thousands of people, and continues to grow year-after-year while most other industries (with the exception of the hairdressing industry) wobble precariously from recession to recession and tremble under the increasingly angry-looking storm cloud called Brexit. It’s no wonder that more and more school leavers, back-to-work mums and dissatisfied workers hungry for a career change are choosing beauty therapy as their new career. In fact, even though it sounds like a cliché, there’s never been a better time to train as a beauty therapist. Want to know what else makes beauty therapy such a great career choice? Keep reading!
Every day is different
From giving facials to shaping eyebrows, from concocting the perfect make-over to creating bespoke eye-catching nail art, from advising on the best skincare to massaging sore muscles and making your clients feel healthy, happy and gorgeous, working as a beauty therapist offers you heaps of variety and exciting opportunities. You could limit your expertise to one particular type of treatment or you could gradually expand your knowledge and set of skills to include a wide range of different services. One thing’s for certain, though. Between the treatments you provide and the different types of clients you’ll meet, you’ll never be one of those boring people who endlessly complain about the ‘same-old-same-old’ and lies awake at night worrying about the future. When you’re a beauty therapist there’s always something different to look forward to.
Flexibility and independence
As a beauty therapist, you can make your own rules. You can choose to be employed by somebody else and join their team in a salon or spa, or you can choose to be self-employed and work from your own home or take your services to your client’s houses. If you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit, you could even set up your own clinic and handpick the other therapists who work with you. You could take your beauty therapy skills travelling if you’ve got a hankering to see the world, or you can take as much time off as you need and know there’ll always be work available when you decide to return. As a beauty therapist your skills will always be in demand, and you’ll always be able to fit the days and hours you work around your busy lifestyle. How many other jobs can offer you that much freedom?
Making a difference
When you’re a beauty therapist, everything you do makes a difference. You’re not only improving the appearance and physical wellbeing of your clients, you’re boosting their confidence and helping them to feel emotionally better about themselves as well. For that reason, you’ll probably find that many of your clients will confide in you much more than they do with other people because the level of trust that develops between a therapist and client is quite unique but very rewarding. If you’re a people-person who enjoys going above and beyond to put others at their ease and make them feel good about themselves, beauty therapy is definitely the career for you!
As we mentioned at the top of this blog, the UK’s beauty industry is thriving. Even when budgets are tight, people will still somehow find a way to have the beauty treatments they need. Why? Maybe it’s got something to do with our last point, about the emotional connection between the client and the therapist. It’s a hectic impersonal world and what you offer as a beauty therapist – besides the treatment itself – is a chance to escape the madness, relax and feel pampered for a while. That’s one of the many reasons why you’ll never run out of clients and you’ll always be as busy as you want to be.
But what if you’d like to take your LBTA beauty therapy qualifications and do something really different with them? No problem. You could work on a cruise ship or in some exotic beach resort. You could work your make-up magic in television, film or theatre. You could make runway models look fabulous and supermodels look flawlessly photogenic or you could be responsible for the body art that appears on billboards or in magazine spreads across the world. Feel like something closer to home? How about representing your favourite cosmetics brand in a major department store, giving advice about which products would suit your customer’s skin type the best? If you’re really ambitious, there’s always the possibility that one day you might get noticed and even become your favourite brand’s ambassador. Or, if you’d rather sit in front of the camera and enjoy all the YouTube and Instagram adulation (as well as some free product), you could become a beauty influencer and set up your own beauty vlogging channel. You’ll find a lot more information about that in our December 2018 blog.
Oh, and did we mention that beauty therapy is incredibly financially rewarding too?
So, if you’ve been thinking about training as a beauty therapist, don’t let any more time slip away. Give our friendly team a call and discover all the fantastic opportunities the LBTA has to offer!
Jack has a keen interest in beauty courses and enjoys educating people on the great courses at LBTA.