Breaking into Beauty (1)

What an eventful week I’ve had….

The company I trained with to complete my fast tracked Level 3 Beauty Therapy during the summer, have partnerships with reputable companies in order for their graduates to have guaranteed interviews, and gain their first work experience within the industry.

Well, Monday was the first “phone” interview I have been offered since I graduated in September this year.  This interview was so, how shall I say……. nice and light.  Yeah, that’s a nice way to put it.  So brief that I ended up asking her a lot more questions than she asked me.  When the call was coming to an end, I asked “what happens next?”  The assistant manager who conducted the interview said she had a couple more phone interviews and that she’ll email me the following day while completing her admin to let me know whether or not I’ll need to come in for another interview and trade test.

Ok so, I tried to stay positive, and not get paranoid because I believed that it wasn’t a genuine interview.  Maybe I wasn’t actually being paranoid because guess what?  I was unsuccessful.  Why am I not surprised?  Reasons given:

  • Currently looking for someone with more experience – interesting…. they read my CV and are aware that I am a recent graduate from The Training Room.
  • Looking for someone who is willing to work weekends – interesting…. Ok, so I stated during the interview that if I had a “choice” I wouldn’t work on a Sunday so I can somewhat accept that one.
  • Needed me to be flexible with shift work – interesting…. there was no issue mentioned on this side of the conversation with the shift patterns so I was confused.

It is their prerogative, yes it is, but the reasons given were questionable and question them I did.  Just a light questioning though.  I simply asked what their partnership with The Training Room was exactly if they were expecting more experience when they know what they were about and I’ve only recently graduated.  I also said that when a zero hour contract is being offered with flexible shifts that I can say by choice I wouldn’t work on Sundays.  I love my Sundays.  That is my favourite day of the week.  My recharge and refresh before the start of the next week ahead.  Anyway, I didn’t say all of that last bit about Sundays lol but I did tell her that I will be taking this up with The Training Room as I’m not happy with the service being provided.  I am paying for 3 years worth of careers support and it hasn’t been that fruitful so far.

I wrote that complaint, sent it in to them and got my response. In short, they said that if their partners were recruiting, I’d have an interview.  Interesting…. I sent a list of partners who were hiring and their closing dates last week to my careers officer.  So are they saying the vacancies advertised are false?  They also said that my careers officer is working hard to chase up the jobs I’ve applied to.  Interesting…. This is the same careers officer who told me to chase up the jobs she applied to on my behalf to show determination, so how and why is she chasing up mine?

They are still investigating apparently (eye roll).

Lesson learnt this week – No one cares more about you and your career than you do.

It’s a good thing that self employment is one of my aims or what would I do?  I definitely need to go harder with that.  I’ve got a plan that I need to make steps to execute.  I will still be seeking industry experience though.

Anyway, thanks for coming along this week, and if you have any interview or work experiences, feel free to share.  Until next time.

Forever learning and evolving,

Elisha xxx

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It’s All About Me

Hi all and thank you for coming to join me lol!

I just thought I’d introduce myself to you all so you know a little bit about me and hopefully you come and join me on my journey through life:

I am a Spa Management student who has just completed her first year at university who desires to break into the industry and would also like to go mobile.  I have had loads of work experience in all different fields over the years including hospitality, health and social care,  and property.  I even launched a business a couple years ago prematurely if I’m being honest with you.  In hindsight, I wasn’t fully prepared so initially I went to university to study Business Enterprise but I found it wasn’t stimulating enough for me so I transferred my degree to the one I’m on now and absolutely love it!

During this summer, I am doing a paid 10 week internship with Project Brum via Birmingham City Council to help promote health, fitness and wellbeing around Birmingham.  This will be good for me as health and fitness complements the treatments that we provide within a spa environment.  I am also doing an intensive course for me to complete my Level 2 and Level 3 in Beauty Therapy via The Training Room alongside my internship separately for 12 weeks.  I invested in this in order to improve my employability.  Going into the industry as a “mature” non therapist is difficult as you are required to have a Level 3 even as a Spa Receptionist. So I thought this may help me find a job within a spa setting so I can see first hand how they are run, and also so I don’t lose my skills.

On a personal note, I’m a 33 year old mother to an amazing 14 year old son who was diagnosed with Aspergers in 2015 and we have been fighting with the school to have him supported how he should.  Horrible feeling when other people don’t love and care for your child like you do.  Single at present and very busy but I make time for whatever and whoever I feel is important.  Currently working on my fitness and enjoying my life as much as possible no matter what the circumstance.

Now you know me,  I want to get to know you too.  Feel free to share your stories with me and one another.  We can inspire each other.

Forever learning and evolving,

Elisha xxx