Career in beauty industry takes off

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Talented Beauty Therapist Natasha Buckley’s career has really taken off. Natasha is managing The Bay Spa on Wellington’s stunning Oriental Parade three years after completing her Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

Natasha Buckley

Natasha Buckley

"Beauty therapy is an incredibly rewarding career," Natasha says. "With training and experience there are so many options. You just need to find the right niche for yourself, build up your clients, work hard and you’ll achieve your goals."

Natasha began her studies as a WelTec Trades Academy student in 2012 and graduated with hairdressing and beauty therapy qualifications. She also achieved the internationally recognised City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Techniques and the CIDESCO1 Aesthetic and Beauty Therapy Diploma.

Natasha’s talent and skill were recognised by an international examiner and she was awarded top CIDESCO therapist in 2014. She says the most rewarding part of her job is getting to know clients and building relationships with them to personalise their treatment plans.

"My role is to consider the whole person, their lifestyle and skin type and work with them to identify the best treatments and products which will enhance their appearance. This is where my training really kicks in. I am able to apply the skills I learnt in a very practical way and see positive results which is very satisfying."

She says the industry is a growing profession with a wide array of employment opportunities.

"Beauty therapy is a profession and there are incredible opportunities in the wider industry too including creating cosmetics and skin care treatments, distributing merchandise and working for make-up companies representing their products. It’s an exciting area to be working in," says Natasha.

Natasha says she still keeps in touch with her former classmates and tutors and finds their advice invaluable. She says she may even do further study to gain business management skills to one day run her own business.

Beauty Therapy, Make-up and Skincare, and Hairdressing will be available at Te Auaha from 2018.