Kerry Wilson is an award-winning beauty therapist who we are thrilled to have as one of our amazing National Academy of Beauty beauty trainers and assessors, working closely with our up and coming beauty therapy students in Brisbane.
Kerry has had an illustrious career having worked internationally at luxury spas, as Spa Manager at Ella Bache and winning Ella Bache National Therapist of the Year. Kerry’s work extends beyond the salon to voluntary work with women’s groups teaching women of all backgrounds about skincare.
With such a diverse career and a talent for training, Kerry’s career advice, beauty tips and everything in between are a must read!
Why did you choose beauty therapy as a career?
I have always been interested in the world of beauty since I can remember. My earliest beauty memory is giving all my friends manicures when I was about 10 years old!
What do you love about beauty therapy?
I love beauty therapy for several reasons; there are so many different avenues to choose from within the beauty industry and a huge variety of treatments you can perform or specialise in, as a beauty therapist you can make a big difference to someone’s day, and it is a career that you can do anywhere in the world.
In addition to training, what is your background in beauty therapy?
My first industry role was a Spa Therapist at a famous luxury golf resort in Scotland. I then worked at a boutique salon and a hotel spa, where I worked my way from Beauty Therapist to Assistant Manager. After moving to Australia, I worked at Ella Bache where I was appointed Senior Therapist, Assistant manager/Second in charge and then Salon Manager. I have also won industry awards – Ella Bache Therapist of the Month for Queensland and National Therapist of the Year, and have volunteered for women’s groups with disabilities, teaching women of various backgrounds about skincare basics.
What is the best part of being a beauty therapist?
You get to meet so many different people and provide then with treatments that can make their day! It’s a very satisfying job, whether you are removing unwanted hair or completely relaxing someone with massage.
What is a myth about beauty therapy you would like to dispel?
At times it may not be glamourous and can be hard work, but it is also very rewarding.
What should people know about beauty therapy?
It’s not just painting nails and looking pretty! You need to know a lot about anatomy and physiology, how the body systems and skin works. It’s really fascinating what the human body does!
What steps should graduates take in getting their first industry role?
Updating their resume, researching different salons and spas that they potentially would like to work for and then introducing themselves in person.
How important is social media in today’s beauty landscape?
What other things are important for building a brand within the beauty industry? Social media is a huge part of our life now. You could use social media to promote your own business or beauty empire! Also, networking at events, such as the Hair & Beauty Expo.
What do you think makes a great beauty therapist?
Someone who is determined, caring, love of learning (training never stops), approachable, has good time management skills and is ambitious.
How do you stay up to date with latest techniques and products?
Social media, professional beauty magazines, discussions with colleagues and friends.
What led you to now teach up and coming beauty therapists at the National Academy of Beauty?
After being in the beauty industry for nearly 15 years I decided I would really love to share my knowledge and skills to others.
What do you love about being a beauty therapist and trainer?
Sharing everything I’ve learned and showcasing my skills to the future of beauty and making people feel good whether they are having a full body massage or a basic manicure.
Why is studying and obtaining a qualification important for up and coming beauty therapists?
A beauty therapy diploma is the most sought-after qualification salon, spa and beauty employers are looking for.
How can students accelerate their career in beauty therapy?
We now offer a dual course where students can study beauty therapy and make-up diplomas at the same time, giving student an edge for future job applications and roles.
What can students expect from your training class?
Lots of hands-on practical, a fun environment with a few games thrown in and lots of tips and tricks of the trade!