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Name Sharmayne Mardon
Occupation/Title Clinic Manager/Remedial Therapist
Company/Organisation Australasian College of Natural Therapies
Star sign Aquarius
Describe a typical day? Co-coordinating a large student health clinic, offering various different modalities; massage, naturopathy, beauty therapy, nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, aromatherapy, reflexology. I spend a part of my day on reception, having first line contact with clients and retailing various beauty products; and the rest of my day is tied up with the administration side of managing a clinic – everything from dealing with student issues, making up remedies for therapists, to ordering stock.
What’s the best part of the job? The people contact, and definitely being in such a nice environment day in day out; being surrounded by people who are trying to improve their health and pamper themselves gives off a lovely energy. It is also great to be surrounded by student’s day in day out, as I am always learning from them, as well as us forwarding knowledge onto them. It is a great opportunity working for the college to expand my knowledge and further my education. For instance I am currently in the process of completing a Diploma in Natural Beauty Therapy part-time.
What’s the worst part of the job? The stress induced with having to deal with a large number of people simultaneously.
What would you consider to be your key talents? Good organizational skills, good people skills. I have also been told by many of my clients that I have a gift with my hands for remedial massage.
What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? I was an apprentice chef, believe it or not, and took home $130.00 a week.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A beauty therapist, a doctor or a teacher.