Barnfield College
Success Stories:
#IAm…a Beauty Therapist


Why did you choose Barnfield?

“I had heard great reviews about the Beauty department. Also, my daughter was 18 months old at the time and they had a fantastic childcare facility that had just been refurbished.”

Why did you choose your particular course?

“I was looking for a change of career and wanted something that would work around my daughter; I’d always had a keen interest in the Beauty and Fashion industry.”

What do you remember most about your time here?

“The tutors support and guidance, in a passionate learning environment.”

Jessica Hillyard and treatment bed
Jessica Hillyard and Elegance Beauty colleague

What are you doing now?

“I’ve recently set up alongside a wonderful therapist, in a boutique salon, providing eyelash extensions and beauty treatments. I’m also in the process of creating my own Eyelash Training Academy.

“After College, I joined a local salon as a Saturday girl, which turned into a Beauty Therapist. I then started to take an interest in teaching. I went on to study my Level 3 Award in Education & Teaching, so that I was able to teach students eyelash extensions. During this time, I also received sixth place in a world-wide Eyelash competition and second place in BABTAC’s 2017 Eyelash Specialist award.

“My next goal was to teach in a college, which I achieved a couple of months ago and loved every minute! This is something I now aim to do on a regular basis.”

Jessica Hillyard close up

“I received sixth place in a world-wide Eyelash competition, and second place in BABTAC’s 2017 Eyelash Specialist award.”

Jessica Hillyard, Beauty Therapist & Eyelash Specialist

How useful was your course in helping you secure your current position?

“Without the support from my tutors, I wouldn’t have been able to carry on with the course, let alone carry on to the second year. Three weeks into my Level 1 Beauty course, my Dad suddenly passed away. Making my Dad proud was extremely important to me so I was determined to see the course through. With the guidance of my tutors, I carried on and was one of the first to finish. I couldn’t thank them enough for supporting me through such a difficult time.”

What skills did you learn at Barnfield College?

“I learnt so many skills, both personal and technical. I gained confidence in myself, working with other students and the general public during salon hours.”

How did the college experience help you get to where you are today?

“Due to such a positive supportive learning environment, I found the passion to succeed. I wanted my tutors to be pleased with my journey and like my Dad, I wanted to do them proud. I thought this was the best way to say thank you.”

Jessica Hillyard at work
Jessica Hillyard and make up light

Which of your achievements are you most proud of?

“When I asked my Daughter what she’d like to do when she’s older, her reply was “Just what you do”. That’s my biggest achievement. I’m also proud to have set up my own business and to have my wonderful, loyal clients whilst providing them with the best treatments. My new training academy and the students that have already booked to take the course also makes me immensely proud.”

Any other comments?

The course was taught in great depth by passionate tutors that would put time and effort into each individual student and make sure each of their personal needs were met.”

How would you sum up your experience in three words?

“Enjoyable; Supportive; Passionate.”


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