Saturday, 7 January 2012

Why is CIDESCO Qualification so Special !!

There are many reasons why almost every beauty therapist worldwide aspires to be CIDESCO qualified. Below are some of the top reasons.

i) It is one of the most comprehensive Beauty Therapy program with due weight age given to theory and practical.

ii) Complete syllabus takes minimum 1200 hrs which includes Anatomy - Physiology, basic beauty service advance facial and body treatment along with make-up training.

iii) Perhaps only program to have special projects designed to encourage students to seek knowledge beyond their syllabus and improve their documentation and research skills.

iv) Great emphasis on client safety and hygiene practice.

v) Completely unbiased student assessment by neutral examiner from overseas destination.

vi) You can obtain CIDESCO diploma only when you complete minimum 600 hrs of actual salon experience after your final assessment. An excellent CIDESCO practice which would ensure students are not only qualified through controlled learning environment but also have real life practice in real environment before they are certified.

vii) Eminent personalities on board for over 60 years and presence in 33 countries has lend tremendous credibility to CIDESCO qualification and is easily the most preferred qualification among employers world wide.

viii) CIDESCO qualification is considered as your passport to international beauty career.

ix) CIDESCO annual conference provides excellent opportunities for CIDESCO graduates to upgrade their knowledge.

x) Post Graduate Diploma (PG Diploma) in CIDESCO allows every beauty therapist having over 3 years of working experience to get this certification in shorter duration.

4 Reasons to Opt a Career in the Beauty Industry

It has been noticed recently that people from different fields like Medicine , Engineering, Airline , Fashion designing , call centres etc are taking up Beauty Cosmetology and Hair dressing as their profession. Many people are wondering why this is happening.

If we take a closer look, it is not very difficult to understand why this is the case. Firstly Beauty Industry in India is Rs 12,000 Cr. Industry and it is the fastest growing industry in India at the rate of 30%. Such high growth rate means plenty of job opportunities.

Basically there are 4 other reasons why this industry is very attractive.

1) It is high paying : The top hair dresser in Major Cities earn up to Rs1,70,000/- starting salary for a beauty therapist in a branded SPA/Salon is anywhere between 10,000-15000/- and can quickly earn between 30,000-50,000/- within a span of 2 years time. Average earning of a well trained and qualified hair trainer is Rs30,000/-.

2) Huge Demand : Previously people use to go to salons and beauty parlours only on special occasions. Now it has become as routine to visit beauty clinics and salons every much. Much like going to restaurant at least once a month. More demand is created as every one wants to look good these days including male members, teenagers and even older members of family. With this situation the demand for good trained professional is very high.

3) Comfortable job timing : Working hours in a SPA/Salons are more comfortable and 99% of time it is only one day shift work. You can come home to catch up every day.

4) Start your own business : Starting your own business in beauty is perhaps one of the easiest business . It requires low investment and money normally would start coming right from first day onwards.

For you to be successful in this industry it is important that you start well. To start with you should not make a mistake of learning from a salon itself as there would not be proper training facility and not enough practise as salon owner would not like their paying clients to be subjected to learning students.

i) First step is to identify a good beauty training school which has good training facility, qualified trainers, Accreditation from reputed body and has good ethics along with sound safety and hygiene standard.

ii) Do not go just for skill training . Beauty Training is complete when you have proper knowledge of what you are doing . Students generally make this mistake of going for a short course and learn only the skill and learn how to do a particular treatment or styling . It is more important to how why a particular treatment or style has been recommended. This could only happen when you have thorough knowledge of subject. Learn both the Science and art of beauty education.

iii) Learn to improve your communication and presentation skill: A well groomed beauty therapist/cosmetologist or a hair dresser along with good communication skills is a big asset to the company as they would be able to understand client better, build better rapport with clients and be in a position to explain why a particular treatment/style has been recommended. This would help n gaining client confidence and ensure the client would come back to you month on month for years together.

iv) Get certified : It is equally important that you get certified by a reputed body preferably by body whose certification is accepted worldwide. Such certification would help you get jobs not only in India but also any where in the world. Getting International certification is like getting your PASSPORT FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER IN BEAUTY AND HAIR INDUSTRY.

Certification like that from CIDESCO (Switzerland), CIBTAC (UK) or City and Guild are among the best certification in the world.

9 Parameters to Evaluate a Good Beauty Training School

That old saying “look before you leap” holds true even today as you make important career-related decisions in life such as enrolling with a beauty training school to make a secure career in the fast-growing beauty industry in India.

The Indian beauty industry is presently estimated to be over Rs.12,000 crores and growing at a rate of over 35%, which is much faster than several other sectors. It is fast growing as a lucrative career choice for many graduates and professionals. In a recent development, several IIT graduates came together to set up chain of spas, indicating the kind of talent this industry is now attracting. Considering the stupendous of the industry, it is not surprising to see the huge demand for highly trained beauty and hair professionals. That brings us to the important question as to how does one choose a good beauty training school .

There are 9 important parameters which prospective students should consider.

a) Curriculum: Prospective students must ensure that the institute they are going to choose should offer industry-relevant curriculum. One of the best ways to verify this to check whether the curriculum is aligned to well-known international standards. Some of the best beauty therapists in the world are found in Europe. That’s because of very high standards of safety and hygiene as well as treatment procedures followed in these countries. Hence it makes sense for Indian students to look for beauty schools in India that follow the curriculum accepted in Europe and other developed nations. Not only will students would stand to gain by learning the best programs without having to leave the country, but also save them a lot of cost. Moreover, schools offering their own curriculum tend to skew their curriculum in favour of available resources, which may not often be in the best interest of students.

b) Accreditation: It is important to know whether the beauty school which you intend to join has been accredited by any product-neutral and reputed academic body. This would ensure that the school is adhering to those standards and is expected to maintain certain quality standard to retain their accreditation. Do find out whether their accreditation is currently valid or not. The best way to do that to check on the website of the accrediting body.

c) Infrastructure: A good school should not give a feeling of being in a garage. The school should have enough space for students to have their theory and practical sessions without feeling claustrophobic. Having access to library books is an added advantage. It goes without saying that a world class beauty training school would place very high emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene; and, state-of-the-art equipment for beauty treatments.

d) Trainer quality: Quality of training depends a lot on quality of trainers. A good training school should have an array of full time trainers in their system who are not only knowledgeable and have relevant qualifications (preferably international qualification) but should also know the nuances of training .

e) Placement facility: The real objective of undergoing beauty training is to make a career in this industry. A good training school should always have student placement at the top of their agenda. It is important to check the track record of past students placed by the school and whether the school has a dedicated placement division to ensure that every student trained by them are placed.

f) Hands-on practise: In more ways than one, beauty training is very different from other training. It requires plenty of hands-on training for students to gain confidence. Ask whether the training school has a mechanism or system in place to provide for students to gain enough practical knowledge?

g) Emphasis on all round growth: For succeeding in a career in the beauty industry, it is not enough that the school trains you on technical skills alone. Today, the industry is very demanding and expects beauty professionals to follow corporate norms of grooming and have sound customer service skills that reflect its professional image. Beauty schools should have training sessions dedicated to grooming, customer service and communication skills. These are very essential for student success.

h) Certification: It is always good to research on what qualification/certification is the most widely accepted globally. To mention a few in the field of beauty therapy: CIDESCO (Switzerland) or a CIBTAC (UK) qualification is considered to be the best in the world while for qualification in hair the one from CITY and GUILD(UK) is widely accepted in over 100 countries. These qualifications also help students who are planning to migrate to other countries for better opportunities to obtain visas as well as obtain overseas employment.

i) Bank loan facility: If a school claims to provide bank loan facility, one could be assured of the reputation of the institution as banks would never provide loans to students of institutes whose credibility is questionable. While such a facility is a boon to those seeking financial assistance from a bank for their education , it is an assurance of the institute’s reputation for students.