#WEARECONFIDENT - CAMILLE'S STORY
My name is Camille, I’m 25 and a business owner from Northern Ireland.
I graduated from Ulster University in 2015 with a degree in Business with Marketing, I always had a passion for business and beauty, whilst studying I worked part-time in retail and also travelled across the country offering beauty treatments as I had trained various treatments while I was studying.
I knew I always wanted to own my own business some day however, I never knew what exact industry it would be in, my initial thought after graduating with a marketing degree would be to “get a real job”
Eight months after graduating I landed myself a Marketing Co-ordinator job... It didn’t take me long to realise it wasn’t what it was cracked up to be. The job eventually had me in a state of mind with no confidence, I felt so low, demotivated, unchallenged and that I was stuck in a dead end going nowhere!
A year and a half later whilst I had applied for various other jobs and was unsuccessful this was my point of awareness that I needed to take control and make decisions to benefit myself otherwise, I would be stuck in this same situation forever.
With encouragement, reassurance and that final push from my partner I decided it was time to create a business plan and turn my dream beauty salon in to a reality!
My degree was eventually put to good use as I then had to do everything from branding, marketing, promotional strategy to even designing the salon interior - I wouldn’t change it for the world. Nearly 2 years of establishing the salon we employ 5 staff members, offer a wide range of beauty treatments and are listed as a 5 star salon... Oh, and I now love my job!
Moral of the story is if you believe and vision that you can achieve something in life, anything is possible when you educate yourself and put your mind to it. I was initially scared to leave my comfort zone as I didn’t know what was coming next but I knew I had a plan that made it possible... It’s up to you to create your own future!
Love Camille, x