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NaSA Student Jordan Taylor Talks About Her Diploma in Beauty Therapy Course

Jordan Taylor applies makeup

Jordan Taylor likes, “the sense of mastering the art of beauty.” Currently studying the Diploma in Beauty Therapy at The National School of Aesthetics, she feels she, “enjoys the practical application of ideas,” and the beauty programme is an outlet for these strengths. She’s passionate about make-up, waxing, manicure and electrology. Despite holding no formal secondary qualifications because school did not hold her interest, Jordan’s strong grades at NaSA reflect her passion.

After researching other beauty institutions, Jordan chose NaSA as she respected NaSA’s professionalism, strong reputation and welcoming staff. She also feels her classmates make her study more enjoyable.

Jordan’s not only starting a beauty career for herself but also for her two children, Ashton (6) and Noah (3). NaSA’s 9 AM to 1 PM class times have helped her negotiate study and motherhood. “Without NaSA’s flexible hours, it would have been impossible for me to study,” she says. Timing is a struggle sometimes, but it is easier than expected, she adds.

Other challenges include completing larger projects and homework while ensuring her children’s needs are met. Her children have grown to have, “a deeper understanding of homework.”

After completing her diploma, she’s studying NaSA’s Certificate in Nail Technology. Once Jordan has mastered these skills, she’ll open her small business from home while “comfortably negotiating my role as a mother”, and eventually develop it into a commercial practice as her children get older.

To launch your beauty career with NaSA, call 0800 NaSANZ, email info@nasa.co.nz, or visit www.nasa.co.nz.

This article originally appeared in the Christchurch Star on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 and was written by NaSA’s Director of Operations, Scott Fack.  A big thank you to Jordan for her comments and help with this article.  If you’re a NaSA student or graduate who would like to share your story with us, contact Scott on scott.fack@nasa.co.nz

Parts of Jordan’s Interview In Her Own Words

“I really enjoy the sense of mastering the art of beauty. The subjects I feel most passionate about are make-up, waxing, manicures and electrology. My fellow classmates have made it a much more enjoyable experience, as we have been through the highs and lows together we have become a lot closer.”

“The hardest aspects are the more academic components; however as I am driven by my enthusiasm in the beauty industry, I am finding I can drive myself to over come these hurdles this has also taught me resilience.”

“I have two children Ashton (6) and Noah (3). While they look like two peas in a pod, they are very different in personalities. Ash is the sensitive, ‘curious’, notebook-in-hand type of child who never ceases to tell others how important they are. Whilst Noah is determined he is the ultimate Batman here to save humanity from the baddies and whose sole purpose is to do good. the washing of the Batman suit produces many tears.”

“Challenges at times have been completing the larger projects whilst juggling childcare. At times, the children have learnt to understand that I need to complete study and they have developed appreciation for the quality time we have [and] also a deeper understanding of ‘homework’. I have managed to organize my study time whereby weekends for the most part are family time. I am fortunate to have family support and the children get outings with other loved ones when I cannot.”

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Our First Time at the New Zealand Beauty Expo: Loved It!

Noel, Don, Soni and I have been to several different beauty expos throughout the world, and the one we have visited the most times has been the Sydney Beauty Expo, held around August each year at the Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.

This year, Don and Soni made the decision to visit the New Zealand Beauty Expo at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland to compare the expos and see what our New Zealand equivalent was like.  After finding out from Judy West that Noel and Don were nominated for an award, I convinced Noel that we should go as well.

None of us was disappointed.

The New Zealand Beauty Expo was excellent.

We registered on-line with a very easy, very straight-forward process.  Entry to the expo cost $10 a person, but it was worth every penny.  (As a matter of fact, I was surprised it only cost $10!)  Once at the expo, there were stands where we could take the email we received, push the barcode against a scanner, and a name badge was issued right away.  No waiting in line, no hassle, just quick results.  Within 30 seconds of arriving, I had our name badges and we were on our way in to the expo.

The expo was well laid-out, with wide, spacious aisles, and despite all the people around, it never felt cramped or confining like other expos can feel.  There was sufficient room to go to the side of the aisle and talk to someone you bumped into without feeling like you were holding others up or getting in their way.

One of the great things, for me, was being able to catch up with NaSA graduates and industry contacts and friends in a neutral setting.  It’s always great to see our graduates and find out what they are up to, if they’ve heard anything from their classmates, and so on.  Speaking with industry contacts, such as friends and colleagues working at different training establishments, from suppliers, from the Association and from the TRoQ, is a big highlight of mine because we get to compare notes about various aspects of the National School of Aesthetics, like education or industry feedback or new innovations.  And the expo was intimate enough that we could talk for any number of these people for a while, which was an excellent experience that is not available as much in an expo like Sydney or Melbourne.

Another great thing was the ability to speak with exhibitors or people we hadn’t met before (or maybe didn’t know that well) at length about products, industry trends, and so on.  This was very insightful, and we made some excellent industry contacts that we hope to work with closer in the future.  There are so many opportunities out there for not only us as an education provider but also for our team, students and graduates; it’s just finding the time and way to best present these to them.

I personally believe one of the best things for qualified beauty therapists, especially those who work by themselves or in a smaller community, is to attend these expos with an open mind, a smile on their face, and talk to as many people as possible.  Making those industry contacts, even with other clinics or suppliers that may have equipment or products you won’t use now or ever, has a flow-on effect, because you may come up in conversation (and vice versa) at one time or another.

For example: Maybe you met a clinic owner who operates out of Tekapo, and you two hit it off, promising to keep in touch.  The clinic owner in Tekapo meets a lot of tourists, and when these tourists say, “Oh, I’m going to Christchurch next” or “Can you recommend a therapist in Christchurch?”, your name may pop to the top of the list.  That’s always a good position to be in.

Word-of-mouth is very strong in our industry; we know because that’s one of the most popular ways we have students referred to us.

Two of the cool things I learned during this expo about the work I do:

  • Quite a few people in the industry commented on this blog, especially my plain-English entries on the Targeted Review of Qualifications.  I even found out other providers are passing this on to their industry people as a simple guide on the TRoQ, and the Beauty NZ magazine will also now be publishing these to help our industry out.
  • Several people commented on the NaSA Web site, how easy it is to use and how comprehensive (yet easy to read) the information is.

Awesome.  Very humbling to hear, but glad I got the desired outcome.  Thank you!

Overall, I would highly recommend the New Zealand Beauty Expo to any qualified beauty therapist, nail technician or spa therapist out there wanting to see a sample of what’s available in New Zealand, to broaden their industry contacts and to learn more about industry trends.

Scott Fack is the Director of Operations at the National School of Aesthetics. He remains one of the beauty therapy education industry’s leaders in compliance requirements and quality management systems. The information supplied in this blog entry is his point-of-view of the New Zealand Beauty Expo.