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Distance delivery brings Carmen’s beauty therapy dream closer to reality

Distance delivery brings Carmen’s beauty therapy dream closer to reality

Published:07 August 2017

Carmen Marsten is pursuing her lifelong dream by studying a Certificate III in Beauty Services via distance whilst juggling a full-time job and motherhood.

Carmen Marsten has proven her passion for beauty therapy runs more than just skin deep, by juggling a full-time job and being a mum to study her true calling with CQUniversity.

Carmen, 32, is the first student to trial a new mode of distance delivery for the Certificate III in Beauty Services.

“I work full-time as a scheduler for Ergon Energy, but beauty therapy has always been something I’ve wanted to do,” she said.

“I’ve always been interested in general beauty and keeping my skin in good condition.

“This distance method works out perfectly for me because I come in to class once a month for two days and then do the rest online after work.”

Carmen said her aspirations to pursue beauty therapy had re-surfaced now that her sons, aged 8 and 6, had started school.

“Doing the study whilst working and looking after my boys has certainly been a quite a juggling act, but I have a very supportive partner,” she said.

“I study on my rostered days off so there’s no impact on my day job.

“It’s a challenge but if you’re passionate about it you can make it work.

I’d really like be running my own beauty therapy business one day.”

Teacher Mary McKenzie said the new distance mode of delivery benefitted people like Carmen who couldn’t attend regular classes and study part-time.

“It’s ideal because students can access assignments on Moodle and the teacher marks them electronically. Moodle has power points, recordings and information which is customised to each unit. Students and teachers then connect in weekly tutorials online via zoom which is a face to face digital classroom,” she said.

“The important practical aspects of the courses are delivered in classes held every four weeks for two days each, in the Rockhampton salon. Students then have to undertake the commitment to practice in their own time to make progress. 

“We also have planned visits by professionals in beauty and makeup to coincide with block training to give students access to the latest and current techniques and products. Altogether, classroom learning, Zoom, Moodle, email and phone calls allow personalised attention and support for students who have the passion to study beauty via a blended delivery.”

For more information on the range of Beauty Therapy courses available visit or phone 13 27 86.