Shannon Mason - Nail Artist
What is your name?
What is your job title?
What secondary school did you attend?
Saint Augustines RC High School
Briefly describe your business
I am a self employed nail artist
Describe your career pathway after leaving school
I went straight to work in a factory after I left school and did this for several years. There wasn't much opportunity for progression so after I had my son, I returned to education and decided to pursue my dream career in the beauty industry.
What school subjects would be helpful to study to undertake your job?
Maths - for working with money/tax etc
English - good written skills are helpful for advertising and social media
Art - helpful for any creative based career
What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?
I love that my business is a product of my passion. It's more than just a job for me. It gives me a sense of pride when my business succeeds because it's a result of my hard work so I find it really rewarding. I also like that I am in full control of every aspect of my business, and of course I love seeing the end result every time I finish a set of nails.
Why did you want to work in this industry?
I wanted to work in this industry because I'm a creative person and I always wanted a job where I could utilise that because I find it more enjoyable than a typical 9 to 5 job.
What daily duties do you carry out as part of your job?
I clean my work space and tools. Ensure my stock is replenished. Do client sessions. Upload photographs of my work onto social media and book client appointments.
Do you ever want to pursue another job?
At this point, no.
What skills are required to do this job?
Be good with people. Be able to organise yourself and have patience to deal with any issues that may arise.
What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?
Work on your unique selling point. It's a massively competitive industry and you will need to be able to stand out from the crowd.
Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years' time in terms of your career?
In 10 years I'd like to have a few competition titles under my belt and possibly be in an educator role to help others starting out in the industry.