Nearly half of generation Z would consider a career in beauty

By Sophie Nutt | 04 September 2019 | Movers & Shakers, News

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A new survey commissioned by CIDESCO, the world standard for beauty and spa therapy, has found that nearly half (42%) of the Generation Z respondents would consider a career in beauty.

The survey asked current Irish school leavers to rank their top interests, with results revealing make-up and beauty coming out on top (88%), ahead of fashion (71%), exercise (39%), cooking (34%) and music (79%).

This love of make-up and beauty means that a staggering amount of students believe their love of beauty has the potential to transition from a hobby into a career.

“The impact of Ireland’s buoyant beauty industry is evident and is manifesting in an unprecedented demand for professional training and educational courses,” says Mary O’Donoghue, president of CIDESO Ireland. “Employment in this sector offers many candidates their ‘dream job’ and a career that is engaging and fulfilling while also being flexible and stable. Even during economic uncertainty, the beauty industry tends to be insulated from its harshest impact as a beneficiary of the so-called ‘lipstick effect’.”

CIDESO is working to raise the respect of the beauty industry in Ireland by focusing on three main areas, according to Mary: “Raising the reputation of the beauty industry by enhancing accredited education, investing in innovation through advanced training programmes and by ensuring that schools adequately signpost education pathways into the beauty and wellness industry instead of positioning it as a last ditch option when other courses are not attainable.”