07 Aug INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT | ALEX
The instructor spotlight is a monthly Q&A blog piece that focuses on why the instructor loves teaching at the Institute of Beauty and Wellness, advice about joining the industry, and more.
INSTRUCTOR: ALEX | PROGRAM: ESTHIOLOGY
WHERE WERE YOU BEFORE BECOMING AN ESTHETICIAN INSTRUCTOR?
Before I was an esthetician, I was a special education teacher. I worked for Milwaukee Public Schools for 13 years.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING AN EDUCATOR?
When my students are able to find jobs in this field of work.
IN YOUR OPINION, A FACIAL SHOULD BE _________.
Rejuvenating. It should not only improve your skin, but also your mind and body. When I give facials, I want my guests to detach from their life stresses and feel refreshed.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE BIGGEST POINT OF DIFFERENCE THE INSTITUTE OF BEAUTY AND WELLNESS OFFERS?
The guests and speakers that come and talk to IBW students. I love that the speakers that come are leaders in their field and provide real world experience for our students. Also, we have an all day Medi-Spa conference for our students that are interested in working in that environment.
WHAT IS ONE OF THE MOST FUN OR INTERESTING EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD AT IBW?
Being an esthetician is my second career. I was nervous switching careers, but I knew this was something I really wanted to do. My instructors were so knowledgeable. I wanted to know everything they know about the skin. I loved work-shopping and working on guests. I woke up every morning excited to go to school.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE CONSIDERING THE BEAUTY OR WELLNESS INDUSTRY AS A CAREER OPTION?
I would tell them to go for it. The field is constantly changing and it’s really exciting to be part of it. If you like makeup, there are plenty of opportunities for makeup. If skincare is your area of interest, there are facials, peels, microdermabrasion, and micro-channeling. Eyebrows and lashes are popular right now; there is a lot of interest from the public to do microblading and lash extensions. You can work in a doctors office or a relaxing spa.
FILL IN THE BLANK: “ON MY DAYS OFF, I LIKE TO ____.”
I like to practice the art of doing nothing, but can’t sit still for long. I like to binge-watch shows, take my dog, Cesar, for walks, go outside, and have dinner with friends and family.