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Samira Sultan

Samira, a 2003 graduate of the National School of Aesthetics, went on to study and work in paramedical beauty therapy in Australia

Samira SultanSamira Sultan was in her late teens when she came to study our Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics in 2003. After graduating, she went on to work in beauty therapy, spa therapies, paramedical beauty therapies and even clinic management!

We asked Samira some questions with regards to her training and her life after graduation.

Where do you work/study at the moment?

I am studying the AACDS Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Dermal Science while working part-time at a beauty therapy clinic in Perth, Western Australia. We offer all beauty therapy treatments, and we also have an appearance medicine doctor on-site that administers botox, dermal fillers and does various chemical peels such as TCA and Jessners.

What's involved in your job/study?

My job description is senior beauty therapist where I perform all traditional beauty therapy treatments, microdermabrasion and spa treatments. I am currently studying towards an Advanced Diploma in Cosmetic Dermal Science, which is a postgraduate study for beauty therapy and nurses. We train in superficial chemical peels such as glycolic, TCA, and Jessners, medical-grade microdermabrasion, IPL, laser, and skin needling to name a few. Other components also include surgical and non-surgical cosmetic science, cosmeceutical science and we have the opportunity to do clinical work experience in the plastic surgery clinic, which is attached to the college.

What do you love about your job?

As a beauty therapist I always loved the variety with our work. Every day is different and there are always your favourite clients that make your work so enjoyable. I discovered that I had a passion for skin care and felt that paramedical training would further enhance career prospects.

What do you like about your job?

See above!

What do you dislike about your job?

In my current position, I'm not using my newfound skills that I am learning at AACDS. If I was working in more of a medical setting I could deliver more dermal therapies and gain practical experience. However, working as a beauty therapist while studying is a great job to have because it comes as second nature now, and I'm not likely to make any mistakes!

What opportunities has your NaSA qualification given you?

I have worked in a variety of roles since I graduated form NaSA in 2003, ranging from a spa therapist, beauty therapist and assistant manager in a beauty clinic. From my experience with helping to recruit staff, NaSA was certainly the qualification of choice when choosing therapists.

I have noticed that NaSA would have to be one of the most well-respected beauty colleges in New Zealand! Even here in Perth, everyone I talk to has nothing but good things to say about the quality of therapists produced.

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

Believe it or not electrology! Once you get the hang of it and get regular clients, it's very satisfying when you see results as well.

Which areas in your course were the hardest?

Definitely Anatomy and Physiology. At the time, I remember thinking, "Why are we learning this?", but a lot of it comes in handy when you are working as a beauty therapist and also since studying again, I'm very happy with what we learnt because it's very helpful again!

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

Fondest memories would have to be Soni selling his bits and pieces to us girls on the breaks! I was in a really small class so us girls were all quite close; we had some good "study" times!

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

I remember my tutor Jillian because she was just so perfect! She was the type of therapist I remember wanting to be like when I was training! And again then there was Soni pottering around; he was lovely. And then I will mention Scott for being so helpful, especially nearly 5 years after graduating when I needed some career advice, he was more than happy to help.

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

If you are in Christchurch, choose NaSA, and go the extra mile and do your ITEC or CIDESCO qualifications. At the time, it just seems like more work, but it really is worth it. There are so many avenues you can travel with a beauty therapy qualification, so I would also recommend to never stop being educated on the current trends and whatever training courses or seminars you can attend. Being associated with such a prominent beauty college is really worth it for your future!

Thanks again to Samira for answering our questions!

28 May 2008

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