Chloe Boyd, HND Beauty Therapy

Chloe Boyd from Paisley, graduated from Glasgow Clyde College in 2017 having studied HND Beauty Therapy.

Chloe now runs her own successful salon, Elysium Beauty, in Paisley, and is fully booked six weeks in advance. Chloe is planning to expand the business and take on team members, as well as going back to study to become a qualified lecturer.

“When I was leaving school, I was struggling to choose between primary teaching and beauty, but my teachers encouraged me to study childcare, and so I did for four years, while working in a nursery.

“During that time, I felt like I had made the wrong decision, and I was really keen to go back and pursue my passion. I had interviews on the same day for two colleges – the first was in the morning, and Glasgow Clyde College in the afternoon.

“As soon as I arrived at Glasgow Clyde I was  impressed by the professional atmosphere, the extensive facilities and the cleanliness. I had also been set a task beforehand, and the fact that I was quizzed on it during my interview made the whole ethos of the course feel so sincere and professional.

“I accepted my place on NC level 6 Beauty Therapy, and in years two and three I studied the HND. I had a fantastic lecturer, who took so much time and care around each student, ensuring the work we were doing was tailored; if you struggled with a certain unit you were given more support, equally if something came easily, she found additional ways to challenge us

“In second year I started doing homers during the holidays and weekends, just for friends and family so I could practice my skills. But then they started recommending me to friends and colleagues and before I knew it, I was fully booked! That summer, my parents went on holiday and while they were away I ripped up the carpet in the spare room, painted the walls, laid a laminate flooring and had an electrician come to fit a dimmer switch – that’s where Elysium beauty was born.

“Luckily my parents were supportive and not too angry, and a year or so later I moved into the basement of a hairdressers in Paisley, which I work from now. I have lots of space and I am fully booked for around six weeks in advance, working on average about 50 hours a week – its amazing and I am so grateful to be able to do something I love.

“I’m planning to expand the team and take on someone to work with me – I’ve been in touch with the College in the hope there will be someone currently on the course who will fit in well. I’ve also gone back to studying and I am now qualified to provide training, either through launching a Beauty School at Elysium, or by going into other salons to offer upskilling to their staff.

“The skills I learned at Glasgow Clyde College have made all of this possible, not just the actual beauty techniques, but time management, discipline and commitment too. Managing a business based on appointments means you have to stay on top of things – one missed slot impacts on everyone else and it can become incredibly difficult to manage, there’s no sick days when you’re the only one working.

“I’m so lucky to have been supported through my studies the way I was, and I plan to go to Stirling University to study lecturing, inspired by the staff at the College.

“My 10 year goal is to grow Elysium and have staff running the day-to-day business, while I lecture in the subject. I do love being in the salon though, so it’s likely I’ll still be there part time doing spray tans and lash lifts!”