VCAL Student of the Week

Year 12 - Gabrielle Barnes

My chosen career path is to become a Beauty Therapist and work in a Beauty Salon. I hope to work at a waxing salon, which also offers make-up. I chose this because I want to learn correct ways of using skincare, make-up and wax products. I have always wanted to learn how to do manicures, pedicures and massage, too. My VET course is helping me work towards my career by providing me with a Certificate, so that I can have more career opportunities in the beauty industry. It also gives me the experience and skills to feel comfortable in a beauty salon. At VET, I learn a different topic within the course of beauty services. Now we are learning about manicures, pedicures, nail disorders, nail diseases, massage, exfoliation, buffing, filing, applying polish effectively, disinfecting implements and tools, customer service and much more. One of the most important things we have learnt is about contraindications that relate to nail or skin disorders, diseases, and injuries. This prepares us for performing a potentially risky service. I have been able to apply what I have learnt at VET at work placement by cleaning implements effectively using particular chemicals to disinfect them. The highlight of my work placement is working with other employees - as well as learning new techniques to perform services effectively. At work on Friday, I arrive at Priceline Pharmacy at 9am and I work on the registers for a few hours. Working by myself is a big step for me and it is my responsibility to scan scripts and items correctly so I do not under or over-charge customers. For the last two hours, I work in the cosmetic section of the pharmacy. Advice I would give to those considering VCAL and VET is to be organised to get assessments done.


Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator


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