Adaptation and Inspiration: Catching Up With Samantha Ponce

In the face of a crisis what do you do?

I really had to ponder this question recently because so many people around me seem to be losing their jobs. On a larger front, I have to think about the future of our students as well. How many are going out into the current job market, qualified and eager, to be turned away?

Something I learned long ago (and the hard way), was that those who can adapt to a situation are survivors. They also tend to be successful survivors.

Change is a scary word for most of us. We like being in our comfort zone. We think that if we follow the rules that life should unfold easily. That one step automatically leads to the next step up the ladder of life.

But is that reality?

The answer is no. Most of us learn this eventually. Some of us never get over it. We stay on those bottom rungs of the ladder thinking, why am I down here? Others learn from the lesson. It’s harsh, it hurts, and it’s not what we thought would happen, but we learn from it. What’s the lesson? You have to change.

Not too long ago I had a Clinical Esthetics class graduate. All the ladies in that class were highly driven, talented young women. They loved learning and we had such a good time in class. They were truly a team and when they finished I had no doubt that they would go on to get great positions in the clinical esthetics world.

I was wrong…

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Here we are celebrating graduation!

Many things happened in the world as they were going through their program. It resulted in a huge amount of job losses here in Alberta in the oil and gas industry. In turn, this trickled down to all industry.

These amazing women were not getting jobs. They weren’t even getting interviews. It broke my heart to see them struggle.

They all have gone on to find employment. Some in a clinical setting, some in the service industry for now. But it was a bumpy road, and I think continues to be.

One graduate in particular had some pretty big hurdles she was faced with. Every time she would call or stop by and tell me the latest news I would try to be as positive and supportive as I could be because I really believe in her and I don’t want a drop in the economy to suggest that she is any less of a person.

And just when I thought she would give up on this industry all together, she did what all successful people do.

She adapted to her situation.

I was chatting with her last week, and she was filling me in on all the great things that are happening for her now. All I could think was, wow, what an inspiration. So I asked her to share her experience, the good and bad, with us for the blog.

So without further ado, let me introduce to you all the very talented Samantha Ponce!

Take it away Sam…

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My time at Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics was the best time I’ve ever had when it comes to education. Waking up in the morning wasn’t hard because I knew I was going to a place that was helping me better myself.  Through Delmar I met the best group of girls that not only got along very well but also helped each other out. We encouraged each other; we inspired each other. There was no competition, no fights about who was better, just a positive environment.  I felt confident that I had made the right decision. I was learning from people that were experts in their field, who had multiple diplomas from around the world and a group of ladies that were helping each other chase their dreams.

 

 At the end of the program I was positive I would find a job. I had confidence in my skills, my ability in sales, and my comfort around people.  Unfortunately I had a case of bad timing. The economy was bad, lay off’s were still happening, oil was still going down. But I didn’t let that stop me. I applied to every clinic and spa in Calgary, Airdrie, and Okotoks, I even went as far as Edmonton. I was desperate for hands on experience; I didn’t want my newly learned skills to go to waste. So I enrolled in a waxing and tinting course at Delmar to help make myself more employable.  I never let an opportunity to learn more pass me by.

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Some of Sam’s work

 

 After two months of being out of school I had only gotten 3 callbacks and 2 interviews.  Both interviews were a disaster! The first interview seemed like they wanted someone with 5+ years of experience with equal years of education.  Someone who knew in depth knowledge about every cosmeceutical brand out there, of course I didn’t get the job.

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 I didn’t let that get me down so, I prepared myself for the next time, I made sure I at least seemed like I had 5 years of education and experience under my belt.  I prepared myself, reviewed everything, and practiced my skills everyday.

 Then I got another call for an interview. My confidence renewed, I knew I was going to nail this interview and finally get my foot in the door. OH MAN, was I ever wrong. This was by far the WORST interview I have ever attended as a working professional. 

 After that interview I began to question everything. Did I pick the right school? Did I pick the right program?  Is my diploma useless? Did I waste my time? I got really depressed, felt I would never get a job; my skills were vanishing before my eyes. This industry had beaten me down in just two short interviews.

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 Eventually I got really tired of feeling like I was never going to make it in this industry, But luckily for me I have a husband that doesn’t see failure he only sees opportunity. So he suggested I skip the part about finding a job and to create my own. If no one was going to hire me then I should hire myself.  During school I had to create my own spa business. So I took everything I created, changed my service list and a quick name change. To make myself stand out in an industry full of pop up salon and spas I decided to make my business mobile.  I picked services that were easy to do in someone’s home with the least amount of equipment needed.  I spoke to many friends and family members if they would rather go to the spa or have a spa come to them and of course it was the latter. Some hated the idea of having to skip out of work early just to make an appointment or having your appointment rushed because of unexpected walk-in clients. 

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 I announced Maganda Aesthetics a Mobile Aesthetic Service, to the world on March 1, 2016 offering only waxing and tinting.  Since then I have added customized facial and chemical peels to my service list.  I get new inquiries everyday about what I do and what services I offer and everyday the feedback I receive is incredible.  I have a great following on Instagram and Facebook and I hope to have a website up soon.

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 I see Maganda Aesthetics traveling across Canada, providing excellent services and educating people about healthy skin especially in Canada.  I envision having my own product line that supports what I do. I want to keep my business mobile but maybe open a couple of locations so I can accommodate everyone and offer services that can’t be done mobile.

To find out more about Maganda Aesthetics, or to book a service appointment, you can call Samantha at (403) 830-9923 or email at maganda.aesthetics@gmail.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram (link attached).

Thank you Samantha for sharing your story with us. It was truly a pleasure to have you as a student here. We know that you are going to do amazing things, and we can’t wait to see how your business unfolds.

I hope that those of you that are out there right now and are struggling can use Samantha’s story as a bit of hope. Maybe it will inspire you to create your own path, or at least keep up the good fight. Our economy will have up’s and down’s, but it will be up to you to decide how you weather the storm.

Audrey

Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education

www.delmarcollege.com

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