Eleanor Sedgwick

Eleanor Sedgwick

Student / endota Wellness College

Student

The health, beauty and wellness industry is one of the fastest growing industries globally. Wellness for so many people is evolving from rarely to daily, from luxury to the most important lifestyle value. And that shift is driving powerful growth. 

endota Wellness College, is well known for producing highly-skilled beauty and wellness industry professionals. With courses that keep pace with fast-moving trends in technique and technology. eWC’s trainers and educators are not only well connected, but they’re industry leaders in the field, and get this… Over 70% of graduates are working in the Beauty and Wellness industry.

That is why we are so excited to be bringing you this interview with current eWC student Eleanor Sedgwick. In this #careerstory, Eleanor takes us through her decision making process post high school, why she choose this industry, and why she loves studying at eWC. 

Let’s dive in.  

Where did you grow up and how did your experience shape the person you are, and the career that you are in today?

I grew up in Ballarat. My Mum loves her job as an art teacher and Dad ran his own massage business until recently, he now teaches yoga and sells his paintings. So I grew up in an environment where my brother and I were really encouraged to follow our interests and passions, and there was unconditional support no matter which direction that took us. I had some amazing experiences as a client of my aunty’s as well, who does massage and energy work. Knowing the power and value that a one-on-one session (whether it be massage/ aromatherapy/facial etc) can have for ones self-worth and self-connection is what really sparked my interest in wanting to work in this way.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I never had a clear answer to this growing up. I knew I loved food and art so assumed I would end up in a role in those areas but I always felt quite overwhelmed at the thought of having to choose one career that I would be in for life. Instead of interpreting it as a way to explore all of the possibilities I would shut down and move away from it. The question worked against me. To anyone who feels the same, I would urge you to take this question as inspiration to picture yourself doing things you love. Don’t factor in anything but that while it’s all a dream. This way you will be able to identify what it is that truly excites you and I think that’s the absolute best place to start.

Where did you go to High School and how was that experience for you?

I attended a public school in Ballarat. I dealt with a lot of mental health struggles throughout and this definitely drew my attention away from school. I found comfort in my art and cooking subjects where I could explore my creativity, but didn’t engage in other subjects any more than what was necessary to pass. Once I had completed school and all of the internal stuff that comes along with it had subsided, I craved the resources that I had once rejected, and wished that I had realised my privilege much earlier on and been able to utilise what was offered.

Did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent? Take us through the courses that you studied and why you chose them?

I didn’t go to university straight after VCE as I was very unsure of what direction I wanted to head in. I have always been quite afraid of making the wrong decision, and as a result have taken 10 years to end up where I am now, studying a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at endota Wellness College (but it means I am really, really sure about this one!) During this time I completed a certificate IV in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I chose this as I was interested in teaching, knew I wanted to travel and wanted to be able to assist people living in Australia who wanted to learn English. I took the class 2 nights a week, and am glad to have completed it but it really reinforced that I need to immerse myself in all that is available in order to be able to learn deeply. This helped me in making the decision to study my current course full time on campus.

Who has been your hero, or greatest inspiration growing up and why?

I would have to say my parents. They have both taught me how to love, to respect, be grateful and to be present. They both utilised their passions by turning them into careers, but they have always prioritised genuine happiness over everything else.

What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?

To any person interested in Beauty Therapy I would encourage you to explore the different schools that are around and choose one that aligns most with your values, as well as how it makes you feel. I think it’s important to consider how you best learn, so you can get the most out of your education. This course has so many potential career avenues so once you are qualified, if you have committed to your learning you will have a lot of options. I think it’s important to prioritise your own passions and not to let the thoughts or views from others discourage you. If you know that you are interested in something, that is the most important thing. I spent a long time being unsure of if I should pursue this direction, but I couldn’t be more excited about what I’m learning, and the future that it will offer me now that I am here.

List your most valuable resources that you turn to constantly for inspiration in your profession?

  • Favourite Websites: – pinterest
  • Name an Instagram Account that you can’t go a day without checking: James Vivian
  • Favourite Podcast: Where should we begin with Esther Perel
  • Favourite Neilix/Stan/ Series: Offspring from forever ago is my go-to comfort show.
  • Who is your mentor? (This can be a person you follow for advice, or an IRL person). Mum & Dad!
  • Favourite all time book/s: Anything Tim Winton
  • Favourite App that you use every day: Youtube – it has absolutely everything from meditations to tutorials to music – but I would encourage that once you have found music through here to then go to a paid service to support the artist.

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