“I moved to the UK about 14 years ago (7th July 2005 to be exact!). Initially, I only came for the summer holidays, but I never went back to Poland.”
I’m currently working as a Make-up Artistry tutor at the Hastings campus while studying for my Cert Ed qualification.
Before I came to live in England, I had a very different approach to what I would like to do as a career and what I am actually doing now. I never thought that I would become a teacher because after finishing my A-Levels in Poland I decided to study physiotherapy.
I really enjoyed learning anatomy and physiology, kinesiotherapy, massage, electrotherapy, pathology, methodology of training, psychology and Latin language. I gained experience by working on different wards in The Regional Specialist Hospital in Zielona Gora, care homes, nurseries, specialist nurseries, schools and Physiotherapy clinics. I liked meeting new patients and helping them get back to health.
When I moved to the UK I thought that I would carry on with physiotherapy, I didn’t expect everything to change and end up with a career that I am passionate about and love doing.
My level of English was very low…
When I moved to the UK my level of English was very low. So with the support of one of the Community Centres in Hastings, I started studying English language at the college. I started on ESOL Entry 2 in 2008 and within two years, as well as looking after my two young children, I had passed ESOL Level 1 exams.
I fell in love with hair cutting and styling
Later that year, I decided to apply for the Level 2 Hairdressing course at, what was then, Sussex Coast College Hastings. I completely fell in love with hair cutting and styling and it inspired me to progress in the following academic year to the Level 3 Hairdressing course. I also secured job in a hairdressing salon and worked part-time while studying.
Even though I was busy with work and raising children, I wanted to expand my horizons and applied to study Level 3 Make-up Artistry at the college in 2013. I successfully completed this course and became fully-qualified Hair and Make-up Artists. During my time as a student I received outstanding student awards each year as well as winning hair and make-up competitions.
As soon as I completed the Make-up Artistry course I started working as a Vocational Skills Practitioner for the Hair and Beauty department at SCCH. While I was building my experience within the college I was also building my experience within the industry. I have worked in hairdressing salons such as Evolutions Hair Studio in Hastings and then in the Paul Mitchell Salon - The Grove Experience in Eastbourne. My passion for make-up artistry has also led me to work at the Stables Theatre in Hastings, Opera South East, ITV, and various local art, music and entertainment projects.
I loved working as a vocational skills practitioner but I wanted to take my career to the next level.
Then in 2018 I did. I started my position at ESCH teaching Make-up Artistry. I teach practical make-up lessons, face and body art, anatomy and physiology for make-up artists, health and safety, client care, as well as research and planning skills.
Shortly after starting in that role, I started studying for my Cert Ed so that I could gain the qualification I need to teach. The Cert Ed helps me to gain more knowledge and experience in teaching and is helps me to become a better teacher and group tutor.
I really enjoy my new role, planning lessons, and working with students. Teaching gives me the ability to make a real difference in their lives.