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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.”

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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

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