“I had my Eureka moment 2 years ago. I was sorting some clothes upstairs and it suddenly hit me – I wanted to train to be a Personal Stylist. It made sense – I love clothes, am fascinated by how people dress and how by looking good, they feel great too. I also really enjoy meeting new people and I so it was a perfect profession to choose. Why I hadn’t thought of it before I really don’t know!”
Mel started her research and discovered that: “There were so many companies out there offering courses which all varied in content, cost, location and duration – quite overwhelming actually. When I found Study in Style online, it stood out from the rest. I liked the lay-out of the website, the way it was written and it was very clear what would be covered within the courses listed”
Mel continues; “I opted for the home study option” as I was working five days a week as a PA at the time and needed to study at weekends and when my little boy was in bed. It worked really well and I looked forward to reading my manual and watching my training DVD’s – I actually think my other half inadvertently learnt quite a lot too and discovered his inner Gok! I worked hard, practised on lots of friends and my confidence grew and grew.
Initially, I was disappointed that I was unable to do the face to face training as I was keen to meet fellow students as I knew I would enjoy the social side and the exchange of knowledge, but actually, the Skype sessions with Gail and the regular trainee consultants meetings that I attended, made me feel part of a fabulous new group and I didn’t feel I was ‘distant’ learning at all.”
“It’s going to sound so cheesy, but I’ll say it anyway because it’s true – training with Study in Style and becoming a Personal Stylist has totally changed my life. Whilst training, I mentioned to Gail that I had started writing ‘a training diary’ but wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the finished articles. Gail suggested that I should start blogging, which actually hadn’t crossed my mind. I’m now in my second year of blogging and have a healthy number of followers but more importantly, it still brings me as much pleasure as it did when I first started out.”
“And actually becoming a Personal Stylist? I have met and continue to meet wonderful women, with amazing stories and personalities. As much as I may enrich their lives by helping them feel and look great in their clothes, they enrich my life too. I have also had the pleasure of being able to donate my services and time to some local charities which is a wonderful feeling – so, all in all, a very rewarding profession.”
“Thank you Study in Style! Though, I’ll tell you now, I didn’t study in style, as I did most of my studying whilst wearing my very scruffy pyjamas and dressing gown. My secret is safe with you though, right?!”
To find out more about Mel please go to her website (and subscribe to her blog!): www.styledbymel.com