Following is the winning essay for the Hubert Lam Memorial Scholarship, submitted by Rachel Bradshaw of Haiku, Hawaii.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, estheticians held about 30,000 jobs in 2004, and esthetics employment is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. While many of these estheticians represent the very heartbeat of the skin care industry who are lifelong learners, there are thousands others who are stagnant in their careers due to lack of time, ambition or money. It is important that we overcome anything hindering us from acquiring more knowledge in the esthetics industry for reasons of personal growth and professional success.
By acquiring more knowledge, we will help ourselves achieve personal growth. Personal growth will be achieved because the more education and training we have, and the increased awareness and skills we develop. We are able to believe in ourselves and our potential when we attain more information and understanding. With confidence and knowledge, we produce the results that both our clients and we want. When we solve a client’s problem that they might have been struggling with for quite some time, they are forever grateful and it is very emotionally rewarding. The personal satisfaction that is received from being able to heal acne, improve signs of aging, or simply helping a client to de-stress is personally fulfilling and invaluable. The best way to be able to deliver these results is to keep up to date on the latest technology, research and theories about effective skin care and corrective treatments through postgraduate education.
Professional success goes hand in hand with post-graduate education. Skin care is a multibillion dollar industry in which professionals have limitless earning potential. The key that divides the profitable and successful estheticians from the unprofitable and unsuccessful is staying educated on new treatments, procedures, and products. When we are educated on the latest advances being introduced into the market it can mean the difference of thousands of dollars in our businesses. It is wonderful that there is increased awareness, advances, and demand for skin care, however it comes with a lot of competition from other estheticians. It is crucial to stay at the forefront in new technologies and education so that we can keep an edge on our competitors. Clients will go to estheticians who take great care of their skin and face, and offer the very best services. In addition, with more education comes more employment opportunities, higher pay, and more respect from clients as well as peers in the industry. Certain careers as an esthetician require advanced education; such as working for a doctor, cruise line, or representatives of skin care lines. If we want others to take us seriously as professionals in the esthetic industry, we need to be life-long learners and true experts in our field.
Personally, I feel that postgraduation education is what it will take for me to become an excellent esthetician. I am currently taking a massage therapy course to prepare me for the CIDESCO exam. As a CIDESCO diplomat I will have the world's most reputable international qualification in the field of esthetics. Continuing education comes at a price, but I know that my investments will pay off.
In conclusion, fellow estheticians, we have choices. We can choose to be stagnant, unconcerned, delay post-graduate education, and work as mediocre estheticians. Or we can choose to learn, develop our skills, improve our awareness, and master our trade. I hope that you will make the choice to continue your education, achieve personal growth and success, and become an expert in the esthetic industry!