The aesthetic industry relies on collaborative creativity. It is a profession that fosters informal, formal, and collegial work environments. In some areas of practice we have a great deal of freedom and, yet, in others we must operate under certain specified restraints. Work is always timed and in a careful manner. Personal charisma is a must for anyone who seeks to earn a higher salary.
We have several levels of career advancement with the highest positions occupied by those with exceptional networking powers and charismatic qualities. They are set apart from the ordinary provider in that that they have highly developed interpersonal skills which they use to earn their place in the inner circles – the inner kinship of the industry.
We have our own bureaucracies which coordinate and control and are relatively inflexible structures. We have standards of labor which must be met and new regulatory rules on their way. The field nourishes entrepreneurial attempts and rewards them when they are successful especially when they are successful financially. Those who own and operate the choicest of facilities have priority because they can navigate the commercial spheres. A strong commitment to aesthetics, a love for skin care and cosmetic formulations, and an excitement for growth and development of the profession can make an impact in this field.
Aesthetics is a luxury business. It attracts the affluent. You become a star if what you do appeals to the wealthier clients. Knowledge alone is insufficient, it’s how well you are liked and who likes you. Aestheticians that are high wage earners know the importance of having a look that resonates with the identity of their workplace. The very pretty fill the most prominent positions in the most exclusive spas and medical centers.
Workplaces are chosen by what resonates with our own values. The aesthetic industry provides a wide variety of practices and attitudes. Our scheduled hours are ruled by our enthusiasm, technical ability and commercial viability. Although, we act carefree, we are deadly serious about our therapeutic approaches and staunchly defend them if they are called into question. Everyone weighs in on the best way to handle treatment applications. Those of us who are extremely driven are heavily vested in our operations and find ourselves working long hours to meet our expenses.
Our uniforms are laboratory jackets or starched white smocks. They are our professional costumes that we wear on a ritualistic basis and that have a sacred meaning attached to the perceived cleanliness and freshness promised. We have our own language and customs that we use to retail our goods and services. The verbiage and phraseology we use allows us to engage in broad interpretations of the benefits we guarantee. We continuously seek to create a synergy between our goals and the needs of our clientele. We like to think of ourselves as professionals that adhere to certain codes of ethics. We never want to think that our words or our actions would ever offend or exclude anyone. In paying attention to the concerns of those we provide care to we learn a lot about the human condition. We try to provide a brief escape and some breathing space for those who are open to new ways of being.