From student to educator, Sarah’s story inspires others to chase their calling in teaching.

Beauty is much more than a service for Sarah. It is her passion and career.

Sarah began as a student, studying a Certificate III in Beauty Services then continued her studies, completing a Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

Sarah did not just consider beauty a career, for her, it was a hobby and passion. She loved making people feel good about themselves and the impact one simple treatment could have on someone’s day and outlook. “We are called beauty therapist for a reason. Our caring nature can really help people.”

This passion motivated Sarah to excel in her studies, as seen by her many awards, including winner of the Health and Beauty Industry Award and nominee for Chisholm Student of the Year (trainee) Award. Sarah’s skills were even recognised on a national scale, placing within the top 10 in Australia at the WorldSkills Nationals Championships.

After 3 years in the beauty industry, Sarah decided she wanted to share her knowledge and passion for beauty with others. Inspired by the knowledge of her own teachers when she was a student, Sarah decided to complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment after receiving a scholarship from the VET (Vocational Education and Training) Development Centre. Sarah “loved knowing that [she] was helping aspiring beauty therapist to be the best they can be.”

Now Sarah has been teaching for 10 years and has loved every second of it. To this day, she continues to find the role extremely rewarding especially “seeing students complete a treatment and receiving great feedback.”

Sarah also finds it extremely rewarding when her students complete their course and get a position in their dream salon/spa. One of Sarah’s most favorable moments was in her first few years of teaching, working closely with a student who had a different learning style. Sarah’s efforts in going above and beyond helped the student land their dream job at Crown Spa. You could only imagine how proud Sarah would be.

Whilst being a teacher has its rewards, it can also be incredibly challenging. This is something that Sarah learnt along the way. “Whether it be different learning styles, or needing extra assistance, helping students to discover the best way for them to learn can be a challenge."

Despite the challenges, Sarah continues to see teaching as “one of the most rewarding careers you can have.” Her strong will and desire to continuously learn and keep up with the latest trends drives her goal to be an Education Manager within the next 5 to 10 years.

Sarah encourages those considering chasing their calling in teaching to “put in the hard work so you can reap the rewards from the industry.”