A North West Regional College (NWRC) graduate who has spent the last three years working alongside some of the biggest names in the beauty industry, including L’Oréal head office, has delivered a masterclass at the college’s Limavady campus.
Nuala Mullan from Castlerock now works as a Spa Therapist in the Galgorm Resort in Ballymena, but during her time in Australia she worked in a private spa providing treatments for some of the world’s top celebrities.
She says the skills she learned while studying Level 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy at NWRC were the key to her success in the Beauty Industry, and this week she returned to her former college to deliver a talk in the college’s salon.
Nuala added: “I can’t say who they are because of confidentiality but when I was in Australia I got to work with some really famous celebrities, as well as the cast of Married at First Sight Australia. It was a brilliant experience.
“The skills I learned while in college in Limavady were so important to my success. At NWRC I participated in Worldskills where I was placed first in Northern Ireland and also won the BEA UK Vocational student of the year in Manchester. I won the Eve Taylor Student of the Year and also went to study Fashion and Photographic make-up.”
Nuala said that when she achieved an A and 2Bs in her A-Levels, people were surprised when she decided to study Beauty Therapy.
“I had already completed a night class at NWRC and I knew I’d be back,” she said. “People were surprised when they heard I wasn’t going to uni, but I decided I was going to train in the career I loved. I think the schools should give more information about further education colleges because there are so many career paths available.”
After spending time working in Melbourne, Darwin and Sydney for brands such as L’Oréal, La Roche Possay, and EllaBache Nuala has now returned to her native Castlerock and recently took up a position with the four-star resort the Galgorm.
She said: “I feel really lucky to be doing the career I love and I would say to anyone in my position who is thinking about a career in beauty – don’t feel pressured to go to uni. I have a lot of friends who went to uni and they are not working in the subjects that they studied.
“There’s a stigma around working in Beauty Therapy, but it’s a brilliant career, to me it’s not just a job, it’s a dream career.”
To find out more about course at NWRC come along to Open Days at Strabane (Derry Road) on Tuesday, February 28 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Derry~Londonderry (Strand Road and Springtown) on Wednesday, March 1 from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Limavady (Main Street and Greystone) on Thursday, March 2 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information on the NWRC Open Days, please log on to www.nwrc.ac.uk/opendays where you can register your attendance.