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Erin McPherson

Erin, a 1997 graduate of the National School of Aesthetics, owns and operates the successful Christchurch clinic Allure Beauty

Erin McPhersonErin McPherson studied our Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics in 1997. She graduated and worked in Christchurch for a few different clinics before heading over to Australia, amassing a great amount of knowledge and experience. In 2007, Erin returned to Christchurch, armed with that knowledge and experience, to open up her own clinic, Allure Beauty, where she now has a staff member working alongside her.

Erin says, "The beauty industry is always changing. When I qualified, there was no such thing as a Brazilian [wax], so it's never boring. I also like to attend training seminars to keep myself up to date. I really love my job, because no day is ever the same; it's so rewarding."

We asked Erin some questions with regards to her work and owning a clinic.

Where do you work at the moment?

At the moment, I'm working in my own salon in Riccarton, Allure Beauty.

What is involved in your job and in owning a clinic?

I work in the salon Tuesday through to Saturday. I do all treatments, answer phones, clean, washing and then do all my paper work at home.

What did you love about your job and owning a clinic?

I really love a balanced day where I'm doing a bit of everything.

What do you like about your job and owning a clinic?

I like the flexibility of being able to take a longer lunch break or to take a Saturday off if I need to. (Sometimes it's hard to get a weekend off.)

What do you dislike about your job and owning a clinic?

The washing and paper work! I really enjoy my job; I can't imagine it any different!

What opportunities has your NaSA qualification given you?

If you are serious about beauty therapy for a career, NaSA is the place to go, especially if you are wanting to travel overseas as it is recognised.

Thinking back on your training, what areas did you enjoy the most?

I really enjoyed the facials and massage.

Which areas in your course were the hardest?

Well, that would be the anatomy and physiology. I didn't realise how in-depth the training would be, but looking back, it's really the backbone for becoming a great therapist.

What was your fondest memory or memories while training at NaSA?

I used to love on training days to be the therapist first, so that after lunch I could lay back and enjoy the treatment. It's always good to go out and have treatments with other therapist; you can really learn a lot.

Do you have any funny stories during your training that you’d like to share? If so, what?

Well, I do remember the girls made me do the splits in class once!

Which members of staff do you remember the most? And why?

I remember Margaret, Cali-Ann, Noel and Scott. Everyone was there to help!

If you were giving advice to a close friend considering training in beauty therapy, what would it be?

I would say, "Go for it". It's a job you can do anywhere, whether it be overseas, cruise ships or at home if you have children.

Thanks again to Erin for answering our questions!

29 March 2010

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