Sometimes you just need to push yourself to follow your dreams.
Certificate in Professional Hairdressing (Level 3)
After leaving high school at the age of 16, Anna decided that she wanted to train to become a hairdresser and was impressed by the amount of practical experience that she gained during her two programmes.
"I got to do cuts, colours, hair-ups and sets for real clients and show my work in photographic competitions. In my first year, I got a first and third place."
Anna is now an Apprentice Hairdresser at Express Cut and Colour in Dunedn and is enjoying the experience.
"I love it, it's so much fun! I do different things every day which keeps it interesting and exciting."
Her next step is to complete her apprenticeship and become fully qualified through the New Zealand Hairdressing Training Organisation.
"So far I seem to be on track to meet that goal. As for any other plans, I'm just keeping an open mind."
Read more about the Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 3) and the Certificate in Professional Hairdressing (Level 3)
This programme used to be delivered by Aoraki Polytechnic but moved across to Otago Polytechnic in 2015.
If you have the passion to make people look and feel great every day, this is the right career choice for you.
Diploma in Beauty Therapies and Epilation (Level 5)
Growing up in a house full of nurses Heidi also thought she would train to be a nurse but towards the end of Year 13 she started to look at other options.
“I’ve always wanted to help people and I found that being a beauty therapist can help people in a different way, such as working with clients who have skin disorders like eczema and acne.”
Heidi had been living in Queenstown but chose to study in Dunedin.
“I wanted to come to Dunedin to experience being in a student town and I wanted to study the Diploma because I heard from other students that it was a more in-depth programme."
For Heidi, the programme was everything she could have wanted and more.
“The teachers were amazing, they had so much knowledge, and whenever you asked a question they’d make you think about it before they gave you the answer which was a fantastic learning technique. I also loved working in a team and that I was working with real clients."
Heidi is now working as a beauty therapist, treating clients with skin disorders who she sees on a regular basis.
“I really like making a difference to their lives and seeing them walk out with a smile on their face.”
(This programme used to be delivered by Aoraki Polytechnic but moved across to Otago Polytechnic in 2015).