Career Pathways in Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry – Student Success Story – Gabrielle Cheyney

When did you start studying with us?

I started my CIBTAC/CIDESCO diploma in January 2017. This was a change of career for me as I already hold a masters degree and used to work in fundraising and events.

What are you studying here?

Beauty was always something I have been passionate about and was what I originally wanted to do because I love looking after people and making them feel and look good. I decided to make the leap after I realised my true passion lay elsewhere.

Why did you choose LSBM?

I wanted to study the prestigious CIDESCO diploma and LSBM was the top school

What was the best part of the course?

Definitely the teachers, but also finding out my weaknesses and my strengths. Originally, I thought that I would be very strong in body treatments (which I was), but I have actually enjoyed doing more aesthetic treatments.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the industry?

Do your research. Beauty is a very rewarding career but it isn’t easy either! I think too many people go into it thinking it is easy but you really have to enjoy working with people.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learnt?

Hard work pays off. After working at the 5-star spa at Sofitel St James, I returned to be part of the professional team in the LSBM salon and Spa where I completed my Level 4 course in Laser and IPL. I am now working for Skinsmiths as a skin technician, a Kiwi company that focuses on skincare. I perform a variety of treatments, including micro-needling, laser and IPL and microdermabrasion. I love the scientific aspect of their treatments and simplicity as well.

What is your future career goal?

I always knew that I would not stop at beauty and would continue to learn more. I couldn’t decide between aesthetic medicine or going down a holistic path but I have now embarked on a new path which I would never have gone down if I hadn’t studied beauty. I have just completed my biomedicine year and will now start my acupuncture and naturopathic medicine career. I would like to eventually open my own clinic and help treat people from the inside and out! 

Thank you, Gabrielle, it sounds like you are on to a successful beauty career path!

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