Student gives back to her former college after landing dream job at Dermalogica 

19 March, 2021

Maddy Essex, who is now a Senior Educator at Dermalogica, recently took part in a virtual event with students who are currently studying our beauty therapy pathway at Activate Learning colleges, where she was able to share her story and provide an insight to what it is like to have a career in the beauty industry.

The virtual event was attended by students studying at Banbury and Bicester College, Bracknell and Wokingham College, Guildford College, City of Oxford College and Reading College.

Guildford College has a long-standing relationship with Dermalogica. Dermalogica has previously provided product training and work experience placements to students studying beauty therapy at the college.

During the pandemic, these events have taken place on a virtual basis, enabling them to be made available to all students studying our beauty therapy pathway at Activate Learning colleges.

Dermalogica has accelerated the industry-wide launch of its Aspire Award. The Dermalogica Aspire Award helps students to get access to the most up to date and industry relevant training from college or from home.

This enrichment award helps students get ahead by sharing valuable industry insight and preparing them for employment.

Beauty therapy students from Activate Learning have been completing these enriching education opportunities alongside their studies, strengthening their knowledge whilst not being able to get hands-on learning during the lockdown restrictions.

The activity has provided valuable industry relevant insights through a broad series of workshops webinars and awards. Many of our students are well on the way to having completed the first awards.

This is a prime example of how partnerships with employers can help to make students dream careers become a reality by providing real-life work experiences and industry insight to enhance their learning experience.

During the event, Maddy and Dermalogica Therapist Sinead Quinn both shared their stories of how they started in the industry and where they are now.

Maddy Essex, Senior Educator at Dermalogica said: “My career as a skin therapist actually started as a Guildford College student! This was where I built all the skills I needed to thrive in the industry, including my first exposure to Dermalogica.

“I have explored many avenues of the beauty industry since leaving college but one thing that remained consistent was my love for the Dermalogica products.

“Now as an educator, it felt amazing to chat to the students, share some of my knowledge and get them excited for their own career paths.”

One of Maddy’s tutors attended the virtual event.

Charlene Nicholls, Lecturer in Beauty, Holistic Therapy and Media Makeup at Activate Learning, said: “I was extremely proud to see one of my previous students, Maddy Essex on our live Dermalogica event.

“Seeing how Maddy has grown into her beauty career, showing a clear passion for the beauty and skincare industry. Maddy always had a keen interest in skin care and has built her career around the industry that she loves, now providing guidance and instilling passion for the future generation of skin therapists.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of the live event with Dermalogica. We have been part of the Dermalogica Partnership programme for many years and always enjoy the interactive activities and training days provided.

“With COVID-19 restrictions, Dermalogica have been amazing at adapting to meet our learners’ needs by creating online learning platforms for learners to continue to build their education and understanding on the brand but also an introduction into the working world of a skin therapist, the technology available and the wide range of professional products.

“My Level 3 Beauty Therapy students have particularly enjoyed completing the Dermalogica Aspire award and employability series and feel that this has provided them with the opportunity to build on their current knowledge and understanding, expanding their mindset and looking into future career options.

“They feel the training has supported them in growing their confidence in skin care and promoting core employability skills which will assist them on their search for employment.”

Jacquie Slater, Education Training Manager at Dermalogica, also demonstrated and talked about using Chinese diagnosis face mapping along with a few additional skills for diagnosing skin, and pressure points with our beauty therapy students, who took part in these demonstrations.

Jacqui Slater, Education Training Manager at Dermalogica said: “We were really honoured to be able to join so many students in their homes for this Activate Learning immersion event. It was a great opportunity to congratulate all the attendees on their choice of vocational study.

“We shared stories of our own career paths and insight into what the future could look like in this ever changing and evolving industry. One of the most important messages was to continue to build on knowledge and engage with industry employers. We shared our educational programme and the benefits of achieving their Aspire Award and advancing on to our Enhanced Employability Series workshops.

“Our session was completed with a bit of fun using Eastern philosophy to add a different perspective to their skin analysis training.”

If you would like to learn more about beauty therapy programmes available at Guildford College, please visit the Guildford College website  or contact us on 0800 612 6008