Lacey Corbett was always drawn to beauty from a young age and knew she wanted to pursue a career within the industry. Her experience at The French was very eye-opening when she found herself surronded by like-minded people sharing the same passions as her. Lacey was able to learn a wide range of skills while pursuing the dual diploma, which led her to discover a passion for brow and lash services.

A surge of inspiration, hard-work and determination helped her obtain an industry position four weeks prior to graduation. She now has secured her dream job as a beauty therapist at Beauty In The Woods; a spa that adds a touch of luxe to a small country town. Lacey’s days are now filled with performing an extensive range of beauty treatments using certified organic skin care brands and she couldn’t be happier. One of her most memorable moments since graduation was receiving posistive online reviews, reassuring her expertise and kind nature. We sat down with Lacey to unpack her time at The French and gain insight in how to secure your dream job in the beauty industry. 

What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

Ive always found myself drawn to all things beauty from a young age. I really love that the beauty industry is always evolving and you aren’t restricted to just one sector, there are so many avenues you can take, the options and opportunities are endless! 

What was your main motivation for studying at the French?

The French Beauty Academy has a reputation that’s comparable to no other. I knew that I was going to achieve my best results, have the greatest opportunities and experience a year of growth at The French right from the get-go. 

What was your favourite part about studying at the French? How would you describe your experience from the day you started at orientation?

My journey at The French was everything I hoped it would be and more. From my very first day, until my very last, I felt inspired and supported by everyone around me. Just like starting anything new, I was nervous, but after my first week on campus, these nerves subsided and I felt so comfortable.

How did the French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

The French helps all students prepare for life as a professional therapist in every way possible. The resources provided and used on campus are of such good quality, and a lot of which you will use when you are working out in industry. All the educators have an abundance of great advice and personal tips and tricks that really help students.

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at the french? Why?

I was incredibly fortunate to have Aly Hope for the entire duration of my course. You create special bonds with all of your educators at The French, all will give you different advice, teach you different things and support you in different ways, this is the beauty of it! My favourite subject was Specialised Facials, I really enjoyed expanding my knowledge in this subject. 

What is the best advice you received from your study at The French?

Never stop learning! When you stop learning, you stop growing. 

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What were some of the invaluable lessons or most important thing that you learnt at the French that you have been able to apply to your new career?

Something very special about The French is a program called ‘Service Excellence’, this is a small part of every morning on campus that helps us as individuals learn and apply valuable traits that it takes to be a beauty therapist! Some topics of ‘Service Excellence’ you will resonate more with than others, I can safely say I have been able to apply so many of these traits, lessons and knowledge into my position as a beauty therapist. 

How easy was it for you to gain work after graduating? Tell me about your first career ‘break’?

The French will support you in every possible way when it comes to securing a job in the industry. I completed my industry placement days with a beautiful team of girls, better known as Bobbie Charles. I was lucky enough to obtain a position with them 4 weeks before I graduated. Your first job in the industry is a very important one! This is where you can finally apply all of your new skills and understanding out in the real world.

What elements of your study allowed you to obtain your new job? Were there any specific skills that you learned from your time at The French that you then highlighted in order to be hired?

All elements of my Diploma helped me obtain my current job. Having a great understanding of every subject was admirable, but definitely knowing the fundamentals of performing a facial and being able to do a good brow sculpt and tint was key for my current position.

How are The French graduates perceived out in the industry?

The French Beauty Academy students are really highly regarded out in the industry. Educators at The French have so many wonderful connections and I believe so many employers actively seek The French Beauty Academy graduates. 

What do you most enjoy about your new job? Has there been a memorable moment since you graduated?

I’ve loved finding what I’m most passionate about, this being brows and lashes, and being able to build my client base up around these services! A super memorable moment for me since graduating was receiving my first positive online review, this was such a special feeling and a good touch of reassurance.

Describe a day in the life of you at work...

I wake up and make myself an iced coffee! I love a slow morning and taking my time getting ready, I pick a cute outfit and head into the salon. I turn on the wax pots and check my calendar to see what I’ll be doing for the day. Typically I do a few brow sculpts, laminations, tints and lash lifts, these are my passion! Usually there’s a few facials on the agenda too, I love how relaxing facials are for both the client and me.

"Never stop learning! When you stop learning, you stop growing"
- Lacey Corbett

Why is it so exciting to work within the beauty industry right now?

Beauty is never going anywhere, it’s such a booming industry. There are always new trends to jump on board of and people are really recognising the importance of self care at the moment.

What advice would you give to students who are wanting to study a Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Screen Media at The French Beauty Academy.

Absolutely go for it! What you put in is what you will get out. Enjoy the journey and make the most of every second.

What are your goals for the next few years? Do you have an ultimate career ambition?

I am super pleased with where I’m at currently. I work amongst a beautiful team of girls and I absolutely love what I do. I’m happy perfecting my skills for now and learning more and more every day. You just never know what the future has in store. 

My Signature Beauty Go tos...

Scent: Versace ‘Eros Pour Femme’
Lipstick: MAC Honeylove or her big sister Velvet Teddy 
Book: ‘Glow From Within’ Joanna Vargas 
Blog: ‘Why Hello Beauty’ Emily Crawford
Best Kept Secret: Invest in yourself and high quality products for high quality results!

My favourite...

City: Melbourne
Beauty Muse: Charlotte Tilbury 
Drink: Iced Caramel Latte on Oat! 
Song: Scream Drive Faster – Laurel 
Quote: “Whats meant to be will be and what’s meant for me will find always its way to me”

Eliza completed her dual diploma in beauty therapy and screen media with the French Beauty Academy in 2020. She then furthered her education by enrolling in her Specialist Laser Technician course in 2021 also with the French beauty academy, whilst working at Laser Skin Centre in Varsity Lakes. She has now enrolled and started her certificate in cosmetic dermatology and integrative health via AACDS. She has been working alongside Cosmetic Physicians and advanced laser, dermal therapists with over a combined 50 years of experience.

After the completion of her Specialised Laser Course Eliza has been fortunate enough to work with the best of the best medical grade lasers and modalities in the industry including brands like Cynosure, Endymed and Cutera. Eliza has been working at Laser Skin Centre Varsity for over a year now and performs treatments from laser tattoo removal, Leg vein therapy to HIFU. She’s passionate about treating complex skin conditions such as rosacea, melasma, acne and scar removal. She has also had the opportunity to work with and prescribe medical grade skincare such a Dermaceutic’s, Biopelle and O Cosmedics. Eliza has been present at conferences nationwide learning from some of the most advanced dermatologists & business owners in the industry.

What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

Prior to my studies I had struggled my entire adult life on and off with hormonal acne. I was looking for a career change and thought okay I’ll learn how to fix it myself! I Have always loved being able to help others feel the best they can about themselves (inside and out) and know firsthand how debilitating it can be struggling with acne and the affect it has on your self-confidence. I truly believe this has helped me be the therapist I am today as I treat every single client with patience, compassion, and empathy.  

What was your main motivation for studying at the French?

There really is nothing comparative to the French when it comes to education in the beauty industry. I knew that it was the best opportunity for me to receive a high level of education in both beauty and laser. Offering both courses made it a seamless transition from my beauty diploma to my specialised laser course even studying with some of the same students, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough!

DESCRIBE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU ON A WORKING DAY?

I always get to work half an hour before I start regardless of where you work/study, I think this is a great way to start your day. Grab a coffee, relax, and get ready for a busy day of clients! What I love about working at Laser Skin Centre is my days are always so diverse. It can vary from a whole day on the Excel V laser to a full day of Picosure treatments to performing tattoo removal! We also do a lot of training days which I love because I feel like you should always continue to be learning and upskilling. We always have a good laugh and never take life too seriously which makes everyday fun and exciting.

How did the French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

I was very fortunate to have an amazing educator Renee who put my resume forward for a job that she thought I’d be a good fit for (Laser Skin Centre) and I’ve been here ever since! Everything with the French is so personalised. Renee, knowing my personality and my career goals knew that it would be the right place for me and it was a perfect match!

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at the french? Why?

Lauren was my educator for 80% of my Laser Course and I couldn’t be more grateful. She makes you feel so comfortable while always acknowledging your accomplishments. Her passion for her job translates and its contagious! She has the most amazing gift of being able to get you excited to learn literally anything!

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED FROM YOUR STUDY AT THE FRENCH?

Find your niche! I was never top of my class when studying my beauty diploma but I didn’t let that deter me! When I started studying my specialised laser course I found that I was so genuinely passionate about it that it made studying easy and translated into my work and my practical days. It sounds cliché but if you put the work in it will pay off!

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE INVALUABLE LESSONS OR MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU LEARNT AT THE FRENCH THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO APPLY TO YOUR NEW CAREER?

The French are great at teaching you how you should present yourself in a professional manner. The high bun and uniform has a purpose! Working in an appearance based industry whether we like it or not we are going to be judged on our appearance. The French teach you not only how to hold yourself professionally but to be kind to others around you. 

HOW EASY WAS IT FOR YOU TO GAIN WORK AFTER GRADUATING? TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FIRST CAREER ‘BREAK’?

The French are so well connected in the industry that they really do assist you with everything, including employment! opportunities. They offer everything when it comes to this, even down to helping with your resume. There is a whole subject dedicated to this along with one-on-one support to find what job will be the right fit for you!

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WHAT ELEMENTS OF YOUR STUDY ALLOWED YOU TO OBTAIN YOUR NEW JOB? WERE THERE ANY SPECIFIC SKILLS THAT YOU LEARNED

All three of my laser licences! If you are looking at getting more experience when it comes to skin, lasers are the way to go! By obtaining all of my license’s hair removal, skin rejuvenation and capillaries. I felt so well equipped and made the transition from study to work seamless! If you are skin obsessed like me, spending that extra time to enrol in your laser course is well worth it! The course covers everything from Skin biology, product knowledge, laser treatments and consultations.

HOW ARE THE FRENCH GRADUATES PERCEIVED OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?

The French have a great reputation in the industry. I love meeting Frenchies and seeing what they are doing out in the industry.

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR NEW JOB? HAS THERE BEEN A MEMORABLE MOMENT SINCE YOU GRADUATED?

Having the opportunity to help people is an everyday highlight. Working one on one with people to help them with something that they may be very insecure about and helping them work through that, educating them about how to look after their skin to get the best result possible and often I’m educating my clients to be kind to themselves we are always our worst critics when it comes to our own appearance.  I also find some clients have had bad experiences in the past so I love the challenge of building that trust with my clients. 

WHY IS IT SO EXCITING TO WORK WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW?

The beauty industry is at an all-time high right now. It is forever evolving and exciting to watch. There are so many new modalities and technologies coming out that I can’t wait to see how we are treating different skin conditions  in the next 10 years!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN BEAUTY THERAPY?

Don’t fear failure, there is always a lesson from it! Say yes to any opportunity that comes your way! It’s okay if you’re not amazing at everything, that’s what your diploma is all about. figure out what you love to do and how you can further yourself in that sector! For me this was skin, hence furthering my studies in that area.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS? DO YOU HAVE AN ULTIMATE CAREER AMBITION?

I’m very content working where I am now! Immediate goals will be to finish the course I’m currently enrolled in. Then in the future I’d love to work for a dermatologist!

MY SIGNATURE BEAUTY GO TOS…

Anything from the Biopelle Tensage range you can’t go wrong! If you don’t know about the SCA Biorepair technology do yourself a favour and go, try it! Other homecare I use is my Omnilux LED contour mask. I use it religiously! As far as treatments go, the milk peel by dermaceutics and laser genesis are my personal favourite treatments for face and for dec and neck picosure and genesis combo (don’t forget about your neck and dec!)

Scent: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury, Pillow talk
Book: Breaking the habit of being yourself- Dr Joe Dispenza
Blog: Snatched Beverly Hills
Best Kept Secret: Don’t overdo it! When it comes to treatments and active ingredients and skincare!

THE FRENCH edit...

City: Queenstown 
Beauty Muse: Jess Hunt  
Drink: I love a good green juice or smoothie 
Song:  Prince – raspberry beret 
Quote: Everything happens for a reason

"It sounds cliché but if you put the work in it will pay off!"
- Eliza Dilling

Maureen, a country girl at heart living in Western Australia’s rural outback, aspired to work in the beauty industry but felt there were few opportunities in such a small town. In 2015, she decided to take a leap of faith and study for a diploma in beauty therapy in order to broaden her skill set and pursue her dreams. She fell in love with the industry on her first day at the Academy and devoured as much information as she could. This experience taught her that her true passion is skin, as her favourite subject was skin biology. Maureen’s efforts were recognised upon graduation, when she was named “Student of the Year for Facial Treatments.”

After working in the industry for a few years, Maureen had a dream of opening her very own salon in her hometown to give her clients an opportunity to be pampered. And that is exactly what she did! Maureen quickly built a devoted following of clients since opening Tivoli Rose. The company’s vision believes that beauty is being the best version of yourself, and she places a premium on enhancing her clients’ natural beauty. Her success has not gone unnoticed, as she won the 2020 Business Award for Small Business of the Year. 

What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

My motivation was self-inspired, as I have spent most of my home and working life in the rural outback areas of Western Queensland.  It was at this time I could see how the Beauty industry was minimal if at all in these areas along with qualified, skilled Beauty Therapists to provide a professional personal and much-loved need to in particular the women of the outback. 

These women are so inspiring as they go about their daily life in often harsh environments, very remote locations with accessibility to pleasures such as a Beauty salon just non-existent. I could see and experience first-hand, how I could make a difference to their lives and to mine fulfilling a passionate journey for both them and the satisfaction and gratification.

What was your main motivation for studying at the French?

Whilst working in the remote outback town of Boulia QLD, I holidayed on the Gold Coast and I was drawn instantly to The French Beauty Academy, I made inquiries online and was invited to attend. It was at this point everything felt perfect, I loved it and it was what I had imagined and more, from the first initial feel as I walked in the doors I knew this was the place to study beauty and become the best version of myself. 

What was your favourite part about studying at the French? How would you describe your experience from the day you started at orientation?

I loved the total professionalism and training which has enhanced such a wonderful standard within myself and in my everyday working life. From the very first day of orientation the experience was encouraging, supportive, fun, and the teachers made the experience everything wonderful I could have wished for !! The entire year of my study in the French was a lifelong wonderful unforgettable experience. I loved the Service Excellence Program, The Student Salon was great to have hands on experience,the classrooms and the vibe, making lifelong friends. 

How did the French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

Attending the French Beauty Academy moulded me into the successful, confident, well trained and experienced Beauty Therapist I am today. Attending the French moulded me with exceptional expertise in all areas from professional self presentation to how I deliver my skills to clients. The thing I appreciated was the French starting my training at the very beginning, the basics of skin biology, the science and theory behind all subjects. This provided me with the knowledge and understanding of the foundations required to become a fully trained professional beauty therapist.

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at the french? Why?

All of the educators and staff were amazing, as they all brought their own knowledge and experience to deliver in their training. The teachers shared their knowledge of real-life experiences and stories some of which were funny and unbelievable. 

I admired how passionate they all were and very supportive. I enjoyed learning all the subjects.  My experience whilst attending the French was enhanced during my favorite subject, Skin Biology as this subject gave me a clear understanding of how the body works which is the founding knowledge required for all beauty treatments. 

What is the best advice you received from your study at The French?

All of the advice shared to us in French was inspiring and well received. What I took from the French was to just be True to yourself, be grateful everyday. 

 

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What were some of the invaluable lessons or most important thing that you learnt at the French that you have been able to apply to your new career?

The service excellence programme encompasses the utmost positivity for me to shine within myself and in turn this radiates to all that i encounter each day. The hands-on training taught me valuable skills and enhanced my own natural passion and abilities.

How easy was it for you to gain work after graduating? Tell me about your first career ‘break’?

When I graduated, I obtained employment from the salon I did work experience at, so I had no trouble at all. In the not too distant future I was able to take my skills, knowledge and passion to the outback town of Mt Isa. I had the great opportunity whilst there to gain further employment at two different salons. From here I relocated to the country town of Roma where I opened my own Beauty Salon Tivoli Rose Skin & Beauty. My dream and vision has become a successful reality.

What elements of your study allowed you to obtain your new job? Were there any specific skills that you learned from your time at The French that you then highlighted in order to be hired?

It was all the elements of my study and training as the French Beauty Academy has a reputation second to none for utmost professionalism and producing the perfect Beauty Therapist ready for the real world

How are The French graduates perceived out in the industry?

They are perceived as having the highest standards of training and presentation and professionalism. 

What do you most enjoy about your new job? Has there been a memorable moment since you graduated?

What I enjoy the most is that since my French days I have gained experience, skills and bought my own vision to life by opening up my own Beauty Salon. I am given wonderful moments everyday as I am grateful to have such a lovely clientele base and my clients are very grateful to me. Their experience while visiting my salon is expressed by them and shows when they walk out of my salon. 

Describe a day in the life of you at work...

My day starts with my morning exercise routine, a healthy breakfast, off to my salon where I prep my equipment, check my client list, attend to return calls and emails, messages, then once opening time I start the day of varying beauty treatments. I love seeing the clients happy and confident in their skin, I love getting their feedback and no two days are ever the same. 

"For me, living in an outback town, it's so exciting to be able to give my clients an experience they would typically have to travel a far distance into the cities for"
- Maureen Miller

Why is it so exciting to work within the beauty industry right now?

I introduce and bring the new science and technology out to the outback areas. I provide clients with treatments and products that have never been offered here. I love everything about the industry as it is the backbone of me being able to give clients an unforgettable experience. I love giving to others as it’s extremely rewarding how I can make my clients feel. 

For me living in an outback town it’s so exciting that i can give to my clients what normally can only be experienced when they travel extensive kilometers to the cities. I can bring the benefits of the city to the country.

What advice would you give to students who are wanting to study a Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Screen Media at The French Beauty Academy?

“Go for it” would be what I would say, enjoy the journey, follow your dream.

What are your goals for the next few years? Do you have an ultimate career ambition?

I would like to continue to grow my business Tivoli Rose, obtain more equipment, put on extra staff, get a premise that provides more treatment rooms eventually my ultimate goal is to travel to the remote outback towns and properties. For me to have my own mobile beauty business operating out of a self sufficient state of the art Prime Mover and trailer. 

MY SIGNATURE BEAUTY GO TOS…

Scent: Black Opium by Yves St Laurent 
Lipstick: Mac – Velvet Teddy 
Best Kept Secret: Wear SPF everyday and drink lots of water 

THE FRENCH EDIT…

City: Gold Coast 
Beauty Muse: Sherelle French 
Drink: Pina Colada or I love any fresh juice or smoothie combos
Song: Garth Brooks The River 
Quote:”Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness” – Oprah Winfrey 
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” – Oprah Winfrey 

French Alumni, Sarah Walter-Girout has big dreams and she is well on the way to making them a reality! Aspiring to work as a sought-after hair and makeup designer for some of biggest films and TV series across the globe, she recently worked on the filming of Hollywood blockbuster, Thor here in Australia!

We spoke with Sarah about her experience studying our Certificate IV in Retail Makeup & Skincare and what she’s been up to post-graduation!….

Beauty is..

Glowing from the inside out!

When did you realise your dream career and passion?

I’ve always been in love with hair & make-up and all things beauty. As far back as I can remember I was always doing my girlfriends hair & makeup.

I chose The French because…

Of its great reputation and stylish aesthetic. As soon as I walked through the doors I knew this is where I was meant to be to further my career as a makeup artist.

My dream job / career in beauty and wellness career is…

My dream job is to be a sought-after hair  & make-up designer for the biggest films and TV series.

I start each day with …

Positive affirmations, prayers and a grateful heart. Also a sneaky cup of coffee hehe!

I am happiest when….

I’m with my gorgeous husband and family.

My top tip for balancing life and study …

Always take time to enjoy every moment –  good or bad and trust the process. Time management is also top of my list.

My favourite subject studied at The French…

Certificate IV in Retail Makeup & Skincare of course!

I can’t wait to learn about….

Hair and make-up techniques for the film industry such as prosthetics, special effects and mastering the art of wigs.

The thing I love most about The French is…

That it is a classy, well respected company that takes the time to help you further your career in the best possible way.

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Where did studying at The French take you? …

Studying at The French allowed me to meet amazing Educators including Kerryn Flewell- Smith. Kerryn has been influential in my career and has exposed me to movie sets where I have learnt so much.  I am truly grateful to The French and Kerryn. This is only the Beginning!

What has been the most exciting career achievement since graduating?

I had the opportunity to work on Thor the movie recently. It was one of the most amazing experiences ever for me!

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I see myself well established in my career. I will still be expanding my skills and enjoying everyday life with my beautiful husband and our cute babies to come!

If you could give any advice to students who are nearing completion of their studies, what would it be?

The best advice I could give to students about to complete their course would be to give it your all, all the way to the end. Be consistent and focused as hard work ALWAYS pays off. The reward is so sweet at the end – so keep pushing.

My beauty routine consists of …

Cleanse, tone, moisturize followed by my all time favourite night cream Nivea Q10 (smells AMAZING!)

My Signature Beauty Go to’s…

Scent: Rihanna Reb’l Fleur
Lipstick: MAC Fan Fair
Book: Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich
Blog:  The French Edit
Best Kept Secret: Happiness will keep you young forever, Wear a smile everyday.

THE french edit...

City: Gold Coast
Beauty Muse: Anastasia Beverly Hills (Amazing Business woman)
Drink: Taboon (Sweet Mint Tea)
Song:  Sandi Thom – ‘Wish I was a Punk Rocker’

"Beauty is glowing from the inside out!"
- Sarah Walter-Girout

The beauty profession is rapidly changing. No longer are we dreaming of just performing manis and pedis, but the sky really is the limit when thinking about the paths and places studying beauty can lead you. Many are now continuing their studies to land their dream job as a dermal therapist.

Award winning French Alumni, Chanelle Morrison graduated from The French’s Advanced Diploma of Health Science in 2011 with aspirations of working with leading plastic surgeons and running a skin laser clinic. After completing her studies in beauty therapy, Chanelle wanted to further her education with The French in the advanced field of dermal science. She then went on to secure a position as a Dermal Therapist with leading plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr Ian Holten at Australian Skin Face Body.

If you’re passionate about skin therapies and are dreaming of an advanced beauty role where the medical and beauty professions collide, we sat down with Chanelle to talk about how to best prepare yourself for your dream dermal job….

What lead you down the Dermal Therapist path?

Beauty was never enough for me, skin has always been my passion. I knew the additional experience and education with studying the Advanced Diploma with The Academy would definitely pay off in helping me secure my dream job.

How did The French help you prepare for life as a professional dermal therapist?

Studying the Advanced Diploma at The French was crucial in giving me in depth knowledge and practical experience essential for the dermal industry. The French Graduates are always highly regarded within the beauty and dermal industries. There are so many skills that I learnt that have ensured that I was industry ready and confident. I loved the hands-on experience and the in-clinic training. The lectures were great and the teachers were amazing! From IPL/Laser safety, peels and skin treatments to post operative care; all of which have been critical skills for my current position.

Tell us about life after The French and your first career break?

Before I finished up my dermal studies I contacted a well-known plastic surgeon in Geelong to express my interest for a dermal position. I was happy to move interstate for the perfect position. They were opening a new waterfront surgery and needed someone to work the skin clinic. I was blessed!

What skills acquired during your studies proved essential for securing your dream job?

So many! From professional confidence, laser/IPL safety and practical skills as well as peels and skin treatments. Post op care- were required in my position including topical skin cancer treatments etc.

Also so important was the invaluable product and cosmeceutical knowledge I gained. At The French I was trained with renowned international brands that were used in the clinic where I secured work – which was a huge advantage.

What do you most enjoy about your new job?

Working with plastic surgeons, doctors and nursing staff. Being a part of cosmetic, reconstructive and medical skin care treatments. My most memorable moment was providing skin procedures in theatre with Dr Holten. He always gave me great experiences and taught me so much.

Tell us what a working day looks like for you?

My days vary between skin consultations with skin clients and surgical patients, performing a variety of treatments including laser for pigmented and vascular lesions, light based treatments, skin peels, acne treatments, post op scar treatments and care, skin tightening and resurfacing, LED and Photo Dynamic Therapy for abnormal skin lesions and carcinomas.

Why is it so exciting to work in the beauty industry right now?

It is such exciting and new times within the industry now with medical and beauty fields work together.

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"At The French I was trained with renowned international brands that were used in the clinic where I secured work – which was a huge advantage"
- Chanelle Morrison

Shireen has always been aware of the skin and its role in confidence and self esteem, which was a catalyst for beginning her study of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy at The French. 

Through dedication, hard work, passion and a willingness to learn, Shireen has not only secured her dream position as Manager at Golden Door Spa, she has also started her own Styling/Events and Catering business! Shireen says it’s exciting to work in the beauty industry as there are always new products to share with clients – she has even been able to work with ‘Divine’ a new certified organic range by Therese Kerr (Miranda Kerr’s mum).

What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

I have always believed that your skin is extremely important and that it is paramount to look after. Skin plays a huge role in your self esteem and confidence I wanted to further my knowledge around skin health.

What was your main motivation for studying at the French?

Prior to studying, I had always heard such lovely things about The French, their great reputation and the girls always looked so immaculate dressed in their uniforms. For me, this really set the standards and foundations of what a Beauty Therapist should be.

What was your favourite part about studying at the French? How would you describe your experience from the day you started at orientation?

From my first day at orientation I found the entire experience extremely pleasurable! The Educators were warm and welcoming and being in a sophisticated environment made it such a beautiful facility to study.

How did the French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

The French equipped me with all the practicals tools and knowledge that I needed to begin my career out in the beauty industry. On completion of my studies I was confident, had thorough knowledge and a professionalism that was highly regarded in industry.

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at the french? Why?

Debbie was my favourite Educator. Not only was she was extremely approachable, she spent the time to explain certain aspects of units that I felt were difficult and went out of her way to help. She was hilarious, always making us laugh!

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED FROM YOUR STUDY AT THE FRENCH?

Within the beauty industry you are always learning and growing. If you are passionate about what you do you will be great at what you do.

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How easy was it for you to gain work after graduating? Tell me about your first career ‘break’?

I found it easy to gain work after graduating. I was willing to learn everything and anything to start my career as a beauty therapist.

HOW ARE THE FRENCH GRADUATES PERCEIVED OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?

Extremely well presented, professional, lovely-natured students who are passionate about their career paths.

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR NEW JOB? HAS THERE BEEN A MEMORABLE MOMENT SINCE YOU GRADUATED?

I’m currently managing Golden Door Spa and that was always my dream position! There is no better feeling than working hard and landing your dream position.

WHY IS IT SO EXCITING TO WORK WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW?

The beauty industry is constantly changing and there are always new skills to learn and products to share with your clients. Golden Door has now received a beautiful certified organic range called ‘Divine’ by Therese Kerr (Miranda Kerr’s Mum) that we had the pleasure of meeting a few months back. She was so lovely!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN BEAUTY THERAPY?

If you are passionate, caring, driven and willing to learn then you will be great at what you do. Never give up and always believe in yourself.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS? DO YOU HAVE AN ULTIMATE CAREER AMBITION?

I had a goal to start my own business as well as being a Spa Manager! I’ve been able to do both! I have launched a Styling /Events and Catering Business! If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.

MY SIGNATURE BEAUTY GO-TOS…

Scent: Chance by Chanel
Lipstick: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Plum Velour
Book: Flourish by Martin Seligman
Blog: Jen Bishop Interiors Addict & Style without the snobbery
Best Kept Secret: I eat lemons like apples the skin and all. Great for your skin and health!

The french edit...

City: Marrakech or Chefchaeon in Morocco
Drink: Fresh Coconut
Song: Daryl Braithwaite – Horses!
Quote: Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life

"If you are passionate, caring, driven and willing to learn then you will be great at what you do"
- Shireen Mathesoon

French Alumni, Samantha has learnt that hard work and determination will ensure that you land your dream job. Samantha graduated from The French with her Diploma of Beauty Therapy in 2016 and continued on to complete her Advanced Diploma of Dermal Science and Graduate Certificate in IPL in 2017. She was then offered a position at a reputable anti-aging clinic. She has since taken on her dream role as a Skin Consultant with luxury cosmeceutical brand, Rationale.

Samantha’s journey began when she was working in a pharmacy and was coming across many people experiencing troublesome skin, which she had also been suffering. Through her experience, Samantha shared a strong sense of empathy which led her to devoting her life to becoming a unique therapist who puts skin health and self-love at the forefront of her treatments. Her favourite part about her current position at Rationale is aligning with a brand that supports extensive research and is committed to helping people with their skin transformations….

What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

I had been working in pharmacy for over 9 years and had many direct personal encounters with patients that were experiencing troublesome skin. I have previously suffered with acne prone skin and was unsuccessful in treating it with Roaccutane. Through my own personal experience with problem skin I have always shared a strong sense of empathy to those confronted by self-esteem issues associated with skin disorders. In most of these cases that I saw I observed and noticed a common void in patient care and education. One day I decided that I would make it my mission to devote my life to becoming a unique therapist who could marry skin- knowledge and the nurturing of a beauty therapist in order to achieve skin health and self-love for all my clients. 

What was your main motivation for studying at the French?

After making what I thought was a heroic decision at the time (changing careers) I was quickly and disappointedly deflated by my first scheduled interview to enrol in a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at another college. The entire process felt impersonal and from the moment the interview began I couldn’t help, but hear the song from Grease – “Beauty School Dropout” play over and over again in my head”! Thankfully when the interview came to an end I called my mum who could tell I was upset. The first thing she said was “If it’s not as great as you my sweet girl then they won’t ever see greatness or achieve greatness with you”. From that moment I knew I couldn’t settle for anything less than this greatness that my mum knew I had within me. Two weeks later and I found a special place that would align with my values of compassion and nurturing – The French Beauty Academy. A warm greeting, a kind tour, a friendly chat from the Student Advisors and just like that, my personal journey began. The French was going to be my place of greatness and it was going to take me great places. 

What was your favourite part about studying at the French? How would you describe your experience from the day you started at orientation?

From the moment I arrived on my very first day I felt welcomed as a part of the French Family – a day that felt like sunshine in my heart. For me, The French was full of unforgettable experiences! The French embodies empowerment, a nurturing environment, determination and raw passion. Not only was I able to build lifetime bonds with my great cohort, I learnt the great art of kindness and was able nourish my mind with new knowledge each day. 

How did the French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

The French was my catalyst to self-belief, self-worth and it instilled in me a sense of ongoing determination and passion. A passion that enables me to deliver an unforgettable experience to every client I encounter. At The French I was able to discover my own perfect balance of professionalism whilst still maintaining uniqueness and authenticity as a Therapist. 

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at the french? Why?

I will never pick favourites because I valued each and every person I came across at the French. Dianne – who would assist in maintaining the rooms. David – who would help me when having a mini meltdown thinking I lost my assignment on my laptop! Kimberly – who would ask me how I was going every single day with a warm smile. Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make your experience so memorable. All of the Educators at The French delivered our course content with such enthusiasm and ensured everyone felt comfortable and confident with the skills that they were learning. I like to think of myself as a bit of a skin nerd now, so reflecting back on my subjects I would have to say Cosmetic Chemistry and Skin Anatomy & Physiology were my two biggest loves! 

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED FROM YOUR STUDY AT THE FRENCH?

“Do you, because you are good enough!!!” Before studying at The French I wasn’t often caught up in trying to be or act like someone else. Hand on heart – finding my own beauty and self worth was the game changer for me. I have learnt that you need to feel beautiful yourself to be able to gift the feeling of beauty to others. 

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE INVALUABLE LESSONS OR MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU LEARNT AT THE FRENCH THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO APPLY TO YOUR NEW CAREER?

I think the most valuable lesson I learnt was The French philosophy: “Beauty therapy is defined by the desire to serve and care for others – to help clients overcome internal challenges, build self-esteem, restore energy and feel not just pampered, but nurtured.”

Introducing Our Flagship Course -
The Business Of Beauty & Makeup
The course that set Samantha (and many other alumni just like her) up for success.

How easy was it for you to gain work after graduating? Tell me about your first career ‘break’?

I was offered my first position towards the end of my Diploma of Beauty Therapy at reputable Anti-aging Clinic that delivered results driven beauty, spa and dermal therapy treatments. I wasn’t yet qualified, however my employer valued my positive attitude and professionalism and was willing to invest time with me and help me with my career progression. It was incredible and I thrived with the practical skills and knowledge that I had learnt from The French. 

WHAT ELEMENTS OF YOUR STUDY ALLOWED YOU TO OBTAIN YOUR NEW JOB? WERE THERE ANY SPECIFIC SKILLS THAT YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR TIME AT THE FRENCH THAT YOU THEN HIGHLIGHTED IN ORDER TO BE HIRED?

Studying at The French enabled me to enter the beauty industry confidently. From the extensive Student Salon experience thorough to the knowledge and superior training with a wide range of leading cosmeceutical skincare brands. Most importantly, I learnt the gift of transformation and self-love which I attribute to The French’s personal development and Service Excellence programs. I feel these programs really set me ahead of other beauty graduates applying for positions in industry. 

HOW ARE THE FRENCH GRADUATES PERCEIVED OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?

Everyone wants to be a Frenchie! The French have an impeccable reputation and their graduates are recognised as some of the best beauty therapists out in industry! Rightfully so, The French have created an exceptional facility to mentor and educate a new generation of therapists. 

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR NEW JOB? HAS THERE BEEN A MEMORABLE MOMENT SINCE YOU GRADUATED?

 I have been a Skin Consultant with Rationale since July. Rationale are a company that exude luxury, professionalism and prestige. Week-by- week I witness amazing skin transformations on our clients that are achieved through the use of our prescribed world leading powerful formulations that are accompanied by customised monthly skin boosting treatments. Our treatments deliver luminous skin for life every day!

DESCRIBE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SAMANTHA...

We start our day with a morning huddle that allows us to highlight as a team what our goals and visions are for the day ahead! Every day is slightly different. Whether I am delivering in depth skin consultation or performing a luxurious result driven treatment – our goal is to provide our clients with an unforgettable experience, optimise their skin health and achieve our trademark luminosity.

WHY IS IT SO EXCITING TO WORK WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW?

The beauty industry is such a rewarding industry. It is forever changing and evolving and the research and development that continues provides us with the best knowledge and understanding on how to achieve desired skin health outcomes. I absolutely love waking up knowing that I can do what and can continue to build client rapport and achieve great success stories. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN BEAUTY THERAPY?

“You for it girl… or guy!!!” Work on developing and harnessing your skill set and delivering it with uniqueness! Stay determined, stay passionate and invest in yourself. You will find that there is no greater gift than being able to make someone feel truly beautiful inside and out!

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS? DO YOU HAVE AN ULTIMATE CAREER AMBITION?

I will be a Skin Consultant with Rationale for the rest of my life. Rationale was always my career ambition, I really wanted to align myself with a brand that is supported by extensive research and development. Rationale are a brand that deliver on their promises! I love being part of this skin obsessed family! 

"The French was my catalyst to self-belief, self-worth and it instilled in me a sense of ongoing determination and passion"
- Samantha Jary

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO EXPAND YOUR SKILLS, UP-SKILL AND DO THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA AND SET YOURSELF APART FROM YOUR PEERS?

I am a skin nerd and believe you can never stop learning! The Advanced Diploma course sounded perfect to further develop my theoretical knowledge, practical skills and customer service delivery. I wasn’t disappointed! I was able to further evolve my confidence, competence and communication to ensure I was the best Therapist I could be! I believe enrolling in this course demonstrated my commitment and passion to becoming a special kind of Beauty Therapist. The knowledge gained through the course enabled me to perform at an esteemed level. Once I had completed my Advanced Diploma I was able to demonstrate exemplary skill and professionalism which has been highly regarded. 

HOW DID YOU BALANCE FURTHER STUDYING WITH WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY?

When you do what you love, you can make thing happen. Of course there were moments of stress but the network of support provided by The French ensured I successfully completed all of the units and elements required. If I was ever feeling overwhelmed, the Educators were always there to assist and guide me in the right direction. 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE CONSIDERING THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA? WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS A MUST?

Committing to the Advanced Diploma really allows you to excel as a therapist, it’s a great up-skilling tool and this type of knowledge is sought after due to new technologies and demands in the industry. 

MY SIGNATURE BEAUTY GO TOS…

Scent: Byredo ‘Gypsy Water
Lipstick: Dior ‘Lip Glow’
Book: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Blog: My Pale Skin by Em Ford
Best Kept Secret: A 20 second hug fixes everything 

THE FRENCH EDIT…

City: I love Melbourne, the food and gardens are amazing and of course it’s where Rationale is based.
Beauty Muse: Kristin Fisher
Drink: ‘Roma’ Nespresso Coffee
Song: Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone
Quote: It costs nothing to be nice

On completion of high school, like so many others, Kristina was unsure of her next steps. With an interest in all things ‘beauty therapy’ – she took a leap of faith and has never looked back. Through dedication to her studies and a deep passion for learning, Kristina was awarded the first prestigious Valedictorian award at The French in 2010 which saw her take an internship in Indonesia.

Upon graduating from her Diploma of Beauty Therapy, Kristina gained employment as an International Trainer for a luxury chemical-free skincare company and has since taken a new position with Jocelyn Petroni. Currently based in Sydney, Kristina works as a therapist for 5-star salon, Jocelyn Petroni in Double Bay. Here she is able to demonstrate her practical skills acquired from her Diploma of Beauty Therapy and says that the favourite part of her job is making people feel loved and important…

What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

On completion of high-school I was at a crossroads and unsure of my next career or study move. I was interested in beauty therapy, but wasn’t quite sure what I’d like to focus on so I undertook some research for beauty schools and decided to study at The French!

What was your main motivation for studying at the French?

Even though the college was an hour away from home The French’s excellent reputation and diverse course structure were some of the key motivators for my study.

What was your favourite part about studying at the French? How would you describe your experience from the day you started at orientation?

I loved the The French from my first day at orientation. It was so exciting being in the room knowing this was what I wanted to do. I loved every single day that I spent at The French and I actually loved getting up and going to learn each Monday! I made some great friends at The French and the educators were always approachable which made studying that much more enjoyable.

How did the French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

I loved working in the Student Salon because we were able to practically apply our new beauty skills to real clients! We had the support of our Educators nearby if we had any questions or needed assistance. Putting these new skills into practice before working in the industry full time prepared me for life as a professional beauty therapist.

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at the french? Why?

My favourite teacher at college was Jodie Watkins. Jodie was so passionate, knowledgeable and personable and made learning so much fun. Jodie has since become a great friend and mentor!

HOW EASY WAS IT FOR YOU TO GAIN WORK AFTER GRADUATING? TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FIRST CAREER ‘BREAK’?

I was very fortunate to become the first Valedictorian of The French in 2010. My internship sent me to Bali, Indonesia where I met some very influential people. This opportunity opened new doors for job opportunities. My first career break saw me accept a position as an International Trainer for a luxury chemical free skincare. Had I not had the opportunity to go on the internship I would not be where I am today and for that I will be forever grateful.

Introducing Our Flagship Course -
The Business Of Beauty & Makeup
The course that set Kristina (and many other alumni just like her) up for success.

HOW ARE THE FRENCH GRADUATES PERCEIVED OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?

Graduates from The French Academy are perceived as skilled, passionate therapists who have had exceptional training.

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR NEW JOB? HAS THERE BEEN A MEMORABLE MOMENT SINCE YOU GRADUATED?

I love knowing that I’ve made a positive impact on someone’s day and that our clients look forward to coming in each visit. We give every single person who walks in to the salon a 5-Star experience, making them feel loved and important (because they are!) which extends much further than the treatment itself.

DESCRIBE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF KRISTINA…

Wake up at 5 am. Workout at the gym. Grab a coffee and a green smoothie on my way to work. Work at the salon performing specialised facials, manicures and pedicures. Listen to a podcast or watch YouTube on the bus home. Either catch up with friends for dinner or make dinner at home and have a cup of herbal tea. 8:30pm/9pm bedtime!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN BEAUTY THERAPY?

There are so many different pathways you can take within the beauty industry. Always apply yourself 110% to your studies even though beauty school is no mean feat!

WHY IS IT SO EXCITING TO WORK WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW?

The beauty industry is ever changing. We are at a time where, thanks to the internet, more and more people are becoming interested in their health and well-being. Information on different tips, products and ingredients are at our fingertips and are easily shared through online magazines/blogs and social media.

MY SIGNATURE GO TOs...

Scent: Chanel – ‘Gabrielle’
Lipstick: M.A.C – ‘Creme Dnude’ or ‘Brave’
Book: Zoe Foster Blake – ‘Amazing Face’

The french edit...

City: Staying close to home – Sydney
Drink: Strong black coffee
Song: Drake – In My Feelings
Quote: “I am in competition with no one, I hope we all make it”

"My first career break saw me accept a position as an International Trainer for a luxury chemical free skincare"
- Kristina Gianneas

Emerald’s love of beauty therapy and personal passion for her own wellbeing runs deep. After coming to a crossroads in her life, Emerald decided to combine her interest in her own personal growth with her passion for the beauty and wellness industries. Upon completion of her studies, Emerald was equipped with the necessary skills to be employed by 3 spas within hotels and casinos. Fast forward, Emerald has relocated interstate and is working her dream-job as the Senior Therapist/Educator at Crown Spa Perth working with luxury brands such as La Prairie.

With a passion for business/commerce and a thirst for knowledge, Emerald is furthering her studies and has enrolled a Bachelor of Commerce (specifically Business Information Systems) which will allow her to pursue her love of IT within beauty/salon spaces to help elevate their digital/technical components. 

What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

I was at a crossroads in my life and although it may sound cliche – I had a calling from my higher power. Beauty Therapy wasn’t something I originally thought I would pursue as a career, however my deep personal passion to care for myself was at the core of my decision. Business and the beauty/wellness industries excite me so it felt natural to start studying a Beauty Therapy course to support my personal journey and career development.

What was your main motivation for studying at the French?

I was drawn to the strong business structure, online presence and relevant service offering within the marketplace. This gave me confidence and I knew the whole package would support my education, personal growth and career development long term. On a personal level, I loved the Service Excellence Program. I believe it is essential to have an authentic interest in personal growth if we are to hold space genuinely for guests and clients.

What was your favourite part about studying at the French? How would you describe your experience from the day you started at orientation?

My favourite part about studying at The French was the fact that I could tailor the course to my current life circumstances and fit it in with my family and work commitments. The course was fabulous, I was able to ‘have it all’ and slowly build the life of my dreams.

How did the French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

The French helped me to cultivate high standards of service through education, accountability as a student, as well as a building a foundation for strong work ethic. All the teachers and staff demonstrated high standards of professionalism which was important to me.

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at the french? Why?

Nadine Russell – Nadine showed me how being a true therapist is about being an artist. It wasn’t in those exact words, but Nadine demonstrated her own personal standards over 18 months which I observed. She was a great mentor.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED FROM YOUR STUDY AT THE FRENCH?

Go for it, set your sights on what you want, believe in yourself and make it happen.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE INVALUABLE LESSONS OR MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU LEARNT AT THE FRENCH THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO APPLY TO YOUR NEW CAREER?

Consistency, flexibility, professional acumen, being apart of an inclusive team.

HOW EASY WAS IT FOR YOU TO GAIN WORK AFTER GRADUATING? TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FIRST CAREER ‘BREAK’?

After graduating I found gaining work an easy process. I have had employment in 3 fabulous spas within hotels and casinos and I have moved interstate to be a part of a fabulous team at Crown Spa Perth, working with my strengths and constantly growing within the industry.

WHAT ELEMENTS OF YOUR STUDY ALLOWED YOU TO OBTAIN YOUR NEW JOB? WERE THERE ANY SPECIFIC SKILLS THAT YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR TIME AT THE FRENCH THAT YOU THEN HIGHLIGHTED IN ORDER TO BE HIRED?

As business/commerce is a deep passion of mine, I really put substantial effort into developing a concept and thorough business plan (The Business of Beauty Module really helped me with this). This business plan became part of my portfolio/resume and I submitted it with my job applications. I believe showcasing this additional knowledge influenced my employers and showed them my dedication and the strength I could bring to their team. I have recently enrolled to study a Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin University to further develop my skills within the Industry. Yay!

Introducing Our Flagship Course -
The Business Of Beauty & Makeup
The course that set Emerald Golightly (and many other alumni just like her) up for success.

HOW ARE THE FRENCH GRADUATES PERCEIVED OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?

The French graduates have a strong reputation and are highly sought after in industry.

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR NEW JOB? HAS THERE BEEN A MEMORABLE MOMENT SINCE YOU GRADUATED?

Currently I am the Senior Therapist/ Educator at Crown Spa Perth. This role offers a diverse range of skills which keeps me interested. I love working with La Prairie as one of our luxury brands and we have recently launched our Subtle Energies Journeys in both Crown Perth and Melbourne. The Subtle Energies Journeys are a bespoke experience, taking the guest on a journey with the body and the mind in our luxurious suites. They are a step away from reality, in a deeply heart activated space which I love to create and are most aligned with my personal values.

DESCRIBE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EMERALD…

In the morning I wake, stretch and listen to positive affirmations, have a coffee and journal. I always put care into my skin routine and love getting ready for work. I treat myself as a superstar and love the ritual of caring for myself. Work is a mix of treatments, training, meetings and guest interactions. It depends on what we have scheduled as to how I prioritise my day. At the end of the day I love to relax and watch something or read one of my many spiritually enlightening books. My home ritual is all about cleansing the day away, nourishing the skin and keeping super hydrated. Early to bed keeps me very happy!

WHY IS IT SO EXCITING TO WORK WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW?

We are at an extremely potent time in the beauty industry right now where there is a shift around beauty and all that it encompasses. Beauty comes from within and we can express it externally. They are not mutually exclusive which means we have so many options – our mind, our physical body, our self esteem, our skin and our daily lifestyle all play a large part in the jigsaw puzzle of life. Self expression and freedom of choice is the backbone of the beauty industry which really excites me!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN BEAUTY THERAPY?

Take time to get to know yourself, start your journey of beauty therapy with yourself. Layer your experiences like a cloak and try new ones on. Love yourself and celebrate yourself. Find your voice and share it with the world. There is only 1 of you in the world which is awesome!

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS? DO YOU HAVE AN ULTIMATE CAREER AMBITION?

I will be studying Commerce at Curtin University majoring in Business Information Systems. I am very passionate about the refined digital connection within the Spa/Salon and how it impacts guest experience – before, during and after their time in the apa. I would like to develop my skills so I that I could create my own consultancy brand and support small and large businesses to elevate their digital/technical components of their business. I’d like to help them enhance their brand, improve internal operations and ultimately sustain a thriving business.

HOW DID YOU BALANCE FURTHER STUDYING WITH WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY?

It took a clear decision to manage my time super effectively, a great support network and daily motivation.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE CONSIDERING THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA? WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS A MUST?

If you want to stand out you need to define who you are and equip yourself with the skills and an education to match. That way you will be armed with all the knowledge to get noticed and find employment. The Advanced Diploma demonstrates your commitment levels to exploring advanced skin therapies which many employers are looking for.

MY SIGNATURE BEAUTY GO TOS…

Scent: Lavender Essential Oil
Lipstick: Nude lip with red gloss
Book: The Richest Man in Babylon
Blog: Beauticate
Best Kept Secret: If you make your bed everyday, you will cultivate success in all areas of your life!

THE FRENCH EDIT...

City: London
Beauty Muse: Jocelyn Petroni
Drink: Sparkling mineral water & coffee
Song: Amazing Grace
Quote: Life is for living, so live it!

"If you want to stand out you need to define who you are and equip yourself with the skills and an education to match"
- Emerald Golightly

French Alumni, Brooke Berge has used her Gold Coast beginnings and study at The French Beauty Academy to forge an incredibly successful and vibrant career working in the Middle East for an incredible portfolio of luxury beauty brands. Her qualification, her first step and pathway to the career of her dreams working as a Senior Trainer for the biggest beauty distributor in the Middle East. 

If makeup and cosmetics is your calling Brooke is proof that a solid foundation in Beauty Therapy will prove invaluable to launching your career in this space. The likes of BECCA, BVLGARI, DIOR, Dolce & Gabbana Beauty,  Estée Lauder, Eve Lom, Gucci Beauty, Guerlain, Hourglass, Jo Malone, Laura Mercier, Marc Jacobs Beauty, NARS, SK-II, Smashbox, TOM FORD, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent are just some brands in her incredible portfolio. 

What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

At that time in my life I was very much undecided on what I wanted to pursue as a career. I had graduated Grade 12 in 2003 and had grown up on the Gold Coast my entire life so I decided to travel and live with relatives in Melbourne for a year. I started working in the Myer department store in Cheltenham. I had no idea which department I wanted to work in, but they put me in Manchester. I knew nothing about Manchester, but I plodded along working in the department for several months. I remember always taking the escalators to the lower floor looking at how glamourous and immaculate the ladies looked on the Beauty floor – never imagining I would end up with a career in Beauty. Months passed and it was one rainy afternoon when I was sitting with my then partner’s sister in their loungeroom discussing what university degree I should take up whilst going through the undergraduate handbook. She mentioned to me then, “Do you know what you would be good at, Beauty Therapy, why don’t you study Beauty Therapy”. At that point in time, a light bulb went off and I started looking at and calling the different colleges where I could study Beauty Therapy. I found a campus close to my home back on the Gold Coast, so I travelled from Melbourne back home soon after and then started my journey into Beauty Therapy.

What was your main motivation for studying at the French?

When I was looking at Beauty Therapy colleges back in 2004, there were very few academies on the Gold Coast, but when it came down to it I chose Gold Coast Training Academy (now The French Beauty Academy) as it appeared to have the best Educators in the industry and a fantastic environment to work in. I loved the fact that it was close to the beach and it reminded me of nostalgic times with my father when he lived in Burleigh Heads. Nevertheless, my main motivator for studying at the Academy was the vast experience that the Educators had, location and the huge amount of fantastic reviews that were written about the academy.

What was your favourite part about studying at the French?

The Educators! They were experienced professionals who were still working in the industry. They would give real life examples in each lecture and you could see how passionate they were about the subjects they taught. During my time at the academy, from day one, I felt confident and comfortable that I chose the best. Not only did I learn a lot, but it also gave me the foundations which I base my career on today. I also met great people whom I am still great friends to this day.

How did the French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

The Academy gave me the necessary skills to start my career as a beauty professional. Along the way I realised that I was more passionate about starting a career in Beauty Retail. Whilst completing my diploma at the academy, I started working as a Beauty Consultant for Clinique. I absolutely relished the fact that I was working in one of the major department stores and giving advice to customers about their skin concerns, etc. I felt so proud that I had the knowledge to be able to provide solutions for the customers problems as well as have the opportunity to use my skills and perform consultations, facials and apply makeup.

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at the french? Why?

As a beauty intellectual, I find it imperative to be trained by an individual who has a vast yet diverse background in subjects that they lecture. Academic background and a significant amount of experience is the key to becoming an exceptional teacher. Having said that, the 2 teachers that I will always remember were Vicki and Debby, both in their 50’s, yet exceptional teachers with a huge amount of passion and experience. I will always remember Vicki lecturing on Makeup and Facials and Deborah lecturing on Aromatherapy and Massage. Both were industry professionals who had their own business and both were so passionate about their profession.

WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED DURING YOUR TIME AT THE FRENCH?

There is no singular piece of advice, every piece of information provided was the best advice received. The piece of advice I have used the most frequently was something so basic that Vicki had shared in one of her Facial lectures. She said when using skincare, to know what sequence to use and apply the products, always remember “thinnest to thickest”. It may come to a surprise for a lot of students and therapists, but the number of times I have had to train, teach or lecture on that statement outnumbers everything else. It is astounding to know that most people are unaware that when it comes to your basic skin care routine, what order to use the products. However, having said that, in my experience, when training new brand lines and products, especially Japanese and Korean brands who have up to 8-12 products in their basic skin care routine, this can be difficult to most consumers.

Introducing Our Flagship Course -
The Business Of Beauty & Makeup
The course that set Brooke Berge (and many other alumni just like her) up for success.

How easy was it for you to gain work after graduating? Tell me about your first career ‘break’?

I started working at an early age. My parents had brought me up to be very independent so I started working as soon as I could to earn my pocket money. As soon as I turned 13 I started working in Supermarkets, Cafés and large department stores. I was also already working at Myer prior to studying and also took up work experience within a couple of well-known Hotel and Island Spas; The Marriott and Couran Cove Island Resort. However, after graduating I continued to work for Clinique for a short time and then continued to pursue my career in luxury retail for prestigious cosmetic brands. Working for the likes of Chanel, then moving to Brisbane to manage the Flagship counter for SK-II  whilst furthering my studies Makeup. I then had a brief role in Fashion until I made the decision to move overseas to see what opportunities may eventuate. After attending several interviews I was offered a tremendous number of roles in the Middle East. I knew I didn’t want to go back and work on counter so I decided to seek out a role in training, as I knew I would not only learn a lot to boost my career, but could also use my experience and profound knowledge to teach others about what I have learnt over the years. So, I started my career as a Senior Trainer for one of the largest Beauty Distributors in the Middle East, based in their Headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE INVALUABLE LESSONS OR MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNT AT THE FRENCH THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO APPLY TO YOUR NEW CAREER?

Knowledge and technique. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the knowledge and signature techniques that were taught to me throughout my studies at the academy. Whether it be facial or massage techniques, makeup application or the importance of workplace hygiene for example.

What elements of your study allowed you to obtain your new job? Were there any specific skills that you learned from your time at the French that you then highlighted in order to be hired?

The essential fundamentals of my studies that allowed me to obtain new roles in my career (or I should say the elements that I have used most often) would definitely have been all of the theoretic modules including understanding the basics of safe working practices, workplace hygiene, infection control and more importantly skin biology, anatomy and physiology, cosmetics chemistry, skin science and treatment plans. In addition the facial (basic and advanced) treatments, and body massage practical elements have proven key. After completing my Diploma in Beauty Therapy, I had the essential knowledge and skill set as well as the practical interviewing confidence to be successful during the interviewing process.

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR NEW JOB? HAS THERE BEEN A MEMORABLE MOMENT SINCE YOU GRADUATED?

Travel and meeting New People. As a Regional Education Manager for some of the world’s most prestigious and luxurious Spa brands you get to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. It gives you the opportunity to travel across continents and around the world. It allows you to be trained by the best in the business in their distinct Global Headquarters, as well as work with and meet Company CEO’s and Founders, Global Training Directors, General Managers and Spa Directors from the worlds most prestigious Hotels brands. You get to work and train in 5-star hotels spas for the likes of Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, St. Regis, Six Senses, Burj Al Arab, Shangri-La, Ritz Carlton, COMO Resorts, Banyan Tree, Anantara, Aman, Rosewood, One&Only, Oberoi, Palazzo Versace, etc.

DEscribe a day in the life of brooke...

Working as a Regional Education Manager, you need to be flexible. The job it is not only about the travel, yet it does play a big part. Regional Training and Education Managers are responsible for a specific region or continent. Being based in the Middle East, means I am responsible for the Middle East, Northern Africa, India and British Indian Ocean territory. Business Development is also a huge part of the role. This encompasses opening new accounts, cold calling, being a part of Spa Events, new product launches as well as continuous training, follow-up assessments, report writing, etc.

WHY IS IT SO EXCITING TO WORK WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW…

It is so exciting to work in the Beauty Industry, not only are their new techniques and instruments coming into the market to learn about and teach every day, but there are hundreds of new brands and products are being launched all the time. There is always something new to learn and the industry is rapidly evolving each day.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS WHO ARE WANTING TO PURSUE A CAREER IN BEAUTY THERAPY?

GO FOR IT! The stars are the limit. There are so many pathways you can pursue in this industry, put your mind to it and you can achieve anything!

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS? DO YOU HAVE AN ULTIMATE CAREER AMBITION?

My goals are primarily to watch my kids grow up whilst being a successful business woman. Women can do anything they want to these days and successfully if they have the determination and motivation to do so.

MY SIGNATURE BEAUTY GO TOS…

Scent: Fleur De Rocaille by Caron or Coco Mademoiselle by CHANEL’
Lipstick: Guerlain KISSKISS Lipsticks in a Rose Nude colour, I love to wear anything that is similar to my own lip colour
Book: Rae Morris, Kevyn Aucoin and Bobbi Brown books
Blog: Gina Brooke and Gucci Westman
Best Kept Secret: The Sublime Gold Hair Oil by Miriam Quevedo. A luxurious hair oil that does wonders for your hair. My miracle go-to hair oil to strengthen, repair, restore, smoothe, renew, nourish and protect. Blended with 24-carat Gold and Botanical Oils.

THE FRENCH EDIT…

City: Côte d’Azur
Beauty Muse: Charlotte Tilbury and Anastasia Soare
Drink: Limonana (Middle Eastern Frozen Mint Lemonade)
Song: I Hope by Rebecca Ferguson
Quote: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes, then learn how to do it later”. – Richard Branson
“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients”. – Richard Branson

"Women can do anything they want to these days and successfully if they have the determination and motivation to do so"
- Brooke Kimberly Berge

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