How to Choose the Right Course for Your New Beauty Career

These days, more people are opting to pursue a career in the beauty industry. This comes as no surprise to CIDESCO who found in a newly released study, that 88% of Irish school leavers aged 17-19 ranked going into beauty as their top interest over other hobbies such as music (79%), fashion (71%), exercise (39%) and cooking (34%).This is further reflected in how they decide on their careers with approximately half of participants (42%) stating that they would consider working in beauty.

Working in the beauty industry gives you a range of exciting avenues to explore. You can run your very own nail station at a salon and have your very own clients proudly wear your stunning signature designs on their nails.  Or you can even open your own aesthetics clinic or work as a beauty therapist on a cruise ship! The possibilities are endless when you decide to go for a career in the beauty world. Choosing the right course and place to study is incredibly important to be successful in your newly found beauty career. It can be rather overwhelming, this is why we’ve created a guide to help you make the best decision for you and your beauty career.

Michelle Caheny, Director at Spa and Beauty Connection Ltd and Senior Beauty Recruitment Consultant and advises “In-depth research should be made on the type of roles you can get and what career pathway you should lead. You need to question are you prepared to work unsociable hours and weekends? Success in the beauty industry takes hard work and resilience as well as commitment.

In recent years, we have noticed that a lot of students come out of college wanting to specialise in one area such as facials and skincare and doing NVQ units just in that area! However, this should be avoided! After all, doctors come out of training and can’t become brain surgeons straight away – you still need to understand that you need to leave college armed with NVQ Level 2 and 3 or equivalent and be prepared to do every treatment (even if you don’t like it ) just to gain knowledge and experience!

Join a company that is going to train you in the best product houses and treatments! My clients are looking for staff firstly with a good attitude and work ethic! Always remember that your first job is not for life but a stepping stone to a career you eventually want. A big part of your career is also sales and retailing – upselling treatments and rebooking clients.”

At the London School of Beauty and Make-up, we develop the best talent with our expansive range of makeup and beauty courses that develop students to be fully equipped and ready for the salon floor. This is enhanced by the fact that we are the only beauty school in the capital known to have their very own salon on site where students can gain experience of what it’s like to work in a fully operating salon open to the public by working on placement whilst studying.

In this guide, we will go through which course is best suited for each beauty profession and all the invaluable skills you can gain from each course. Below is a list of the most popular occupations you can work as that we provide educational qualifications for on our widely recognised and professionally accredited courses.

Beauty therapist

We offer two levels of the VTCT Beauty Therapy Diploma which allows students to uplevel with us to progress to the next step as a beauty therapist by taking the Level 3 if they already have studied the VTCT accredited Level 2 Beauty Therapy Diploma elsewhere or to grow and develop with us by studying the VTCT accredited Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma.

On the Level 2 course, you will learn the foundational skills of beauty therapy. You will learn about facials, manicures, pedicures, brows and lash treatments.

Book now for the VTCT Level 2 Beauty Therapy Diploma (with flexible part-time study options available) starting on 26th September 2019.

On the VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma course you will progress further and learn about facial and body electrotherapy treatments, holistic massage therapy and anatomy & physiology of the body.

We also offer the CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma and SPA Programme which is ideal for those who are international students who are aspiring beauty therapists and wanting to study in the Big Smoke.

Known as the most prestigious international qualification in the world, this course will teach you the fundamentals of beauty therapy alongside providing you with the opportunity to gain real-world experience with clients in the onsite salon by treating paying clients.

The CIBTAC Aesthetics Treatments Diploma is suited for those who want to learn more about aesthetic beauty treatments rather than learning about body treatments. On this course, you will learn about manicures, pedicures, facial and skincare, waxing, eyelash and eyebrow services, electrical facial treatments (e.g, microcurrent non-surgical lift, vacuum suction and galvanic and faradic EMS machines)

Laser technician

Interested in getting technical with your hair removal skills? Then becoming a laser technician is the right profession for you.

Those who have taken Level 2 and Level 3 of the VTCT Beauty Therapy Diploma course can progress even further to study our advanced Level 4 IPL and Aesthetics course.

Learn how to reduce hair growth via laser hair removal treatments and all about photo rejuvenation of the skin using intense light and laser treatments.

For clinical practice, the students use the LYNTON system (IPL 585; 650 and Nd:Yag 1064) which is a professional salon brand and is approved for operation within the NHS. Students have to come in prepared for clinical practice days as advised by the tutor and must strictly adhere to our guideline policy.


Learn how to cleanse, massage and nourish skin using professional techniques on our VTCT Level 2 Facial Massage & Skin Care course. This course gives you the foundation and building blocks for anyone with their heart set on becoming a facialist. On this course, you will learn about skin analysis, cleansing, toning, mask application, client consultation, extraction and moisturization.

The course gives you the skills to be able to progress to the next level, studying more advanced aesthetic treatment courses like facial electrotherapy.

Massage therapist 

Release the tensions and knots that plague clients in a relaxing massage treatment. A physically demanding career but an enriching career choice. At LSBM, we have a range of courses that give massage teaching as different levels giving you the option to progress with us.

On the VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma course, you can study the technique of Swedish body massage and hot stone therapy massage. These types of massage are popular treatments done at many beauty salons. Alongside being taught this on the course, you will be taught facial and body electrotherapy allowing you to be multiskilled which increases your employability.

To get on your way to launch your beauty therapy career with us, give us a ring on +4420 3966 8689 or email us via our enquiry form here.

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