0:00:01 My name’s Francesca C. I’m a beauty therapist and an aesthetician and I work at Saks in David Lloyd in Leeds. I do all beauty treatments but I do skin care treatments as well so we work with all common skin care problems and then we try and solve them by doing peels and treatments and restoring the skin with products. I like working with the public. I like helping people with their skin and treating clients with, you know, different beauty treatments as well. That’s what motivates me and you learn…you make friends with your clients and it’s like going to work and everyone’s really friendly so. And the team of people that I work with as well are a really good team so we all get on really well. So that makes you, you know, keep going to work and enjoy what you’re doing and enjoy the facials and things.
00:00:48 When I was at high school, I always knew that I wanted to go straight into beauty. I was always a girly-girl and always concerned with my hair and things but, yeah, I’ve always been into girly things and make-up and nails and things. From school, you need like five GCSEs to go to Beauty College. I got all of my GCSEs so I didn’t know whether to stay on and do my A levels or to go to beauty college and a lot of people were telling me to stay on and do my A levels.
00:01:16 The most difficult thing I think was deciding what you want to do, like and knowing if you’re making that right decision and, you know, knowing if it is the thing for you. But just going with what your instinct tells you to do, I’m pleased that I went with what I decided, even if people were telling me to do something different which everybody was, I’m glad that I did what I wanted to do.
00:01:36 Although people were telling me to do different things, when I’d made my decision, everybody supported me and, you know, there was, you know, pleased for me that I did what I wanted and they all come into college and I practised on them and practised on family and things, so it’s something that people do support you with because they can have treatments.
00:01:51 My first experience was quite scary when I went to go to work, because I went to go to work in a spa. So meeting your first clients and getting to do your job, it’s, you know, it’s a bit nerve-racking at first. But you quickly get into it and pick up your clients and meet new people. So it was alright after your first couple of weeks, it was just getting into it.
00:02:10 I always remember when I first started, I had a lady’s eyebrow waxing and I had got on my wax and I put it on the eyebrow and I took like half of her eyebrow off when I first did it. And that was really embarrassing but luckily the client was alright and she come back.
00:02:29 An event that’d have a major impact would be when I trained to be an aesthetician, because it’s quite a lot of training and it was really hard at first and, you know, I was thinking, ‘can I do this really?’ But I think I got to the stage where I needed something different and a challenge and it was definitely challenging, and I enjoyed that really and it was something to get your teeth into so. Yeah, I always knew that it was the right thing to do.
00:02:51 Somebody that’s inspired me. Possibly Kirsty who’s the beauty manager of Saks. I’ve worked quite closely with her and seen her in her position and she’s really inspiring and very good at her job so. I did my aesthetician training alongside Kirsty so she kept pushing me to keep doing it so. She’s definitely a person that I look up to.
00:03:12 I dream of going to Australia for a year. It’s just a place where I’ve always wanted to go and I always wanted to go, not just for a holiday but to go stay there and, you know, work there and maybe I could go and do beauty there.
00:03:27 The qualification that I got, it gives me a really good chance to travel. I did an ITEC beauty qualification and there’s different ones that you can do but an ITEC one is a world-wide qualification so you can use it in anywhere you want to go. You can take it to Australia with you or take it wherever and people recognise it in different countries.
00:03:45 I think it’d be nice to have your own salon and, you know, it’s the next step up really and it’d be nice to run it yourself. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do, like have my own place. I’d recommend a young person to come in and do this because it’s fun, it’s creative, there’s always different levels that you can do. So you can be a beauty therapist but then you can work your way up to be an aesthetician or, you know, a holistic therapist so there’s always different levels that you can be in. It’s a really good, fun, creative job.