Beauty Therapy Students Find Diploma Highlights Their Passion

22 Jan 2015

With three eras of students having graduated from Waiariki’s Diploma in Beauty Therapy, we spoke to three students from three different levels to see how they were faring so far.

Natasha George came straight out of school at seventeen, with no real direction on what to do next. Embarking on a 'taster' course in beauty therapy, she soon found herself right at home and launched into full-time study with Waiariki in 2013.

Still close friends with classmates from her senior year, Natasha followed her graduation by instantly landing a nine-month contract with cruise ship recruitment agency Steiner.

Having never been too far from home before, the local girl soon found herself cast as Spa Therapist on board a ship heading to the United Kingdom. Recently returning to Rotorua for a well-earned rest, she managed to land a job in one of the city’s top spas, as she waited for her next nine-month contract to roll around.

“It was hard work, but I got to visit twenty different countries whilst working” says Natasha. “My course gave me the confidence to communicate with all sorts of different people and opened up a whole new world for me. Literally.”

Suzie Cooper started her beauty therapy training at Napier's Eastern Institute of Technology. However, due to her family relocating, she found herself at Waiariki ready to complete her senior year.

Having secured a job with the prestigious Waiora Spa Resort halfway through her qualification, Suzie says while she is a mature student, she has truly enjoyed the whole experience and the relationships she has formed in the process.

“It has been pretty amazing and really built both my self-esteem” reveals the hardworking mother. “I have enjoyed the holistic therapies and the spa elements of the course in particular.”

For Toni-Marie, completing a Diploma in Interior Design in 2010 gave her the confidence to continue tertiary study. Returning to Waiariki in 2015, she is set to complete the Diploma in Beauty Therapy she began last year.

“This qualification has taught me so much about myself” Toni says, speaking on balancing study with being a mother to a six year old child.

Looking forward to learning more from the qualification’s holistic approach and massage classes, she feels even more determined to turn her passion for beauty into a job in the spa industry, training others or even one day her own clinic.

“The tutors are so welcoming, they make study a fun learning experience,” she states.

(Pictured top far left, from left: Natasha George, Toni-Marie and Suzie Cooper)

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