The beauty and fashion industry requires a creative flair, some customer service skills and a passion for helping people look and feel their best. Aside from the obvious career paths, like hairdressing and makeup- beauty and fashion occupations can also encompass people like tattoo artists and fashion merchandisers. Careers in the industry tend to involve meeting and working with a range of people, so if you’re looking to move on from your customer service based hospo or retail job to pursue your creative passion, but still love working with people, a career in the fashion and beauty industry could be perfect for you.
Will it suit me?
While you need a solid knowledge and practical ability in the beauty and fashion industry, a lot of jobs require you to work directly with clients, either on a freelance basis or through a retail store or salon/spa. Nowadays, customers value high quality service and a positive experience from their appointments, so if you if you enjoy meeting people and providing top notch service, this could be for you. You also need a proactive attitude to stay ahead of the game with technology and treatments constantly changing and updating. Plus, if you’re looking to start your own business, or head into freelancing, you’ll need self-motivation and ambition to get ahead.
What can I do?
Makeup artist, brand developer, product developer, hair stylist, hair dresser, barber, cosmetic retailer, tattoo artist, model, sales demonstrator, fashion designer, accessory designer, dressmaker, jeweller, fashion merchandiser, product consultant, beauty editor, body piercer, massage therapist, nail technician, hair removal technician, facial tattooist, beautician, spray tanner, salon manager, fashion photographer.
How can I get there?
With the industry largely unregulated, particularly in relation to beauty and tattooing, there’s not a clear cut path to getting qualified. To start, you can get a formal qualification through an appropriate TAFE course, then progress from there through a practical apprenticeship. Some major cosmetic companies will offer their own courses on areas such as makeup, so there’s plenty of options to build on self-taught techniques or other training. On the fashion side of things, you can head down the TAFE path, or, some universities also offer fashion, design and technology-specific degrees if that’s what works for you. However, qualifications aren’t necessary for every role, so working your way up the ranks of the industry is an option for the go-getters amongst us.
Is it a good industry?
If you’re working on a freelance basis there’s a degree of flexibility and the perk of being able to define your own hours. But, this also means you’re going to need to be self-motivated and have a little bit of business savvy to establish a solid client base. Retail stores or salons/spas can offer more stability but obviously, have less overall freedom. Working in this industry will also mean constantly staying on top of changes in trends. For fashion this is a given, but with advances in technology and products, people working in the beauty industry also need to be aware of changes in ingredients, updating techniques and health and safety laws to ensure they’re providing clients with high quality and safe services.