3 Things My Career as an Esthetician Taught Me
There is no denying that you can learn something from every job. Whether that be documenting climate change or selling beer at your local liquor store, I guarantee there is an opportunity to learn and grow in some way.
For me, my four-year career as an Esthetician brought about many opportunities for growth and development. Sometimes I failed, sometimes I succeeded. But throughout every experience, one thing rang true - I was always learning.
What does an Esthetician do, you ask? It’s pretty easy - we pop pimples and rip hair out of people’s bodies. Just kidding - there’s way more to it than that. Every Esthetician can specialize in different areas, but for the most part, we simply deal with skin. I personally performed facials, waxing, and more intense skin treatments like chemical peels. I recently moved on from practicing esthetics, but not empty-handed. Here are my three biggest takeaways.
1. Customer Service Matters
This statement is very true in almost any industry, but especially so as an esthetician. Every day, I would walk into the spa, and work with clients one-on-one. Not only did they expect a great facial or waxing service, but many expected a personal connection as well. Being an extrovert (most of the time), I truly appreciated when clients longed for good customer service because, naturally, I was able to give that to them.
I learned, however, that good customer service looks different to every guest. One may feel best cared for if I asked about their family or what they do for work, as another may feel best served by getting a few extra minutes of massage added on to their facial. Very quickly into my career, I built up a high EQ (emotional intelligence) level. This sure comes in handy when figuring out how best to serve a client, and will keep them coming back time and time again.
2. Tipping Matters
If you've never worked for tips, I highly suggest you do so at some point in your life. The act of having to actually do a good job at work to make good money really helps you kick things into gear. Not to mention, you will have a greater appreciation for the waitress at your favorite restaurant.
I never wanted to take my tips for granted, because that would mean that a good tip is expected no matter what kind of service I provided. I aimed to overshoot excellence every single day, and can honestly say that is what helped me move forward in a world full of estheticians looking for jobs. In the end, tipping isn't so much about the money, but about the act of saying 'thank you' - and that is something that I have appreciated from clients and can continue to use as a blessing to others.
3. Self-Care Matters
Estheticians spend a lot of time caring for people, sometimes so much that we forget to care for ourselves. I know this is also true for medical professionals (and many others). After beginning my career, I soon realized that in order to care for others well, I needed to care for myself.
I used to gorge myself on corn chips, cookies, and cheap chocolate. I replaced these items with healthy alternatives and saw a huge difference - my skin cleared up and I looked less bloated. I used to never take baths. I found some luxurious, well-made bath bombs and two dollars later I had a relaxing activity to do before bed that helped me sleep better. I used to hate going to the gym. I started going with a friend (who might also be my husband) and now look forward to our time working out together.
Whatever roadblock is stopping you from making self-care a priority, move it. Immediately. Your body will thank you, and it will show in every part of your life!