Career Profile: Working in Beauty Therapy

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A career in beauty therapy? Sarah O’Donoghue, a professional beauty therapist, tells us about following this career path.

I did a one-year course in Beauty and Body Therapy. I was working part-time in the tourism industry, so I knew I liked dealing with people. After gaining experience in a beauty salon, I jumped at the chance to step back into tourism when a job came up in the Rain Spa at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Limerick.

There are a variety of courses. You can do an evening or day course rather than a monthly or yearly one. I chose to do the yearly course. This is because I had saved up beforehand. I was also really eager to make a career for myself as soon as possible.

You don’t just study how to use a make-up brush! You will learn all about the body, anatomy, and physiology of the skin and muscles. Therefore the course was challenging but interesting!

Some might think it’s similar to the Leaving Cert, where you’re fitting everything into one year. However I found the experience of studying at third level completely different. You’re choosing to learn the subject this time around so you have a much more enjoyable experience.

We get a mixture of tourists and locals coming into the spa. I enjoy being able to catch up with my regulars on one hand and then hearing fantastic stories about people from all over the world on the other. Clients also tend to be in good form 99 percent of the time because they’re on holiday. The staff at the hotel are so friendly too and you can have the craic while putting the hard work in. is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses at certificate, diploma and degree level as well as providing information about career paths and directions.
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