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What is the work like? An image consultant advises men and women on all aspects of personal appearance, body language, social etiquette, cultural awareness, speaking and presentation skills and contact with the media. They provide tailor made programmes for their clients to help them achieve certain improvements or targets. To do this they must be skilled in a wide variety of areas such as personal grooming and make-up, dress codes, formal wear, and the latest trends in smart-casual clothes, current fashion and communications skills. Clients may include business people or people in the public eye such as politicians. What personal skills are needed? They should be articulate, able to talk to people from politicians to pop stars, be good at explaining their ideas, be confident, have an ability to make quick decisions, be persuasive and influential when giving advice. They should put their clients at ease, be tactful, be good listeners, be able to understand the financial implications of their recommendations, be self-reliant and commercially aware. What qualifications are needed? There are no set qualifications. Most enter the profession after working in some form of consulting or sales work, such as marketing and public relations, or human resources or an area of the beauty industry such as cosmetics or beauty therapy.

They may work as self-employed consultants to major government departments, and large commercial organisations. Image consultants can enter the profession after attending a private training school. Courses vary and can be from three months part time to three weeks full time and costs from pounds 2,500. The Federation of Image Consultants (TFIC) can provide a list of approved trainers. The profession is growing as more people become intrigued by the lifestyles of celebrities featured in the media. There are many HND and HNC courses based on beauty therapy, design and business studies. What would I earn? These figures are only a guide but a beauty consultant or make-up artist may start at around pounds 12,000Experienced image consultants may earn up to pounds 30,000 and those with a good reputation, who are in demand, may earn in excess of pounds 40,000What are the working conditions like? Image consultants work the hours that suit their clients which may involve early morning or evenings, so work time varies. The work can involve considerable travelling - especially for consultants working for national companies with outlets throughout the country. Consultants usually work from home or visit clients at their homes. Some may rent a studio

Mac Tompsett IMAGE CONSULTANT

AFTER a variety of jobs Mac Tompsett opened her image consultancy in Wrexham in 1988. She had worked for a European image consultancy for some time and decided it was time to set up on her own.

She has a variety of clients ranging from students to octogenarians. She specialises in style and colour and her husband Peter offers advice on body language, interview techniques, speech and presentation.

She has taken several courses both in London and abroad and finds she is still learning as styles and techniques are constantly changing.

People come to her for all sorts of reasons. From train drivers to police officers they seek her advice and look to her to build up their appearance and self-confidence.

Sometimes it's a big, life-changing job interview, it could be a forthcoming special occasion, it could be an important speech or simply because they lack self-esteem.

Mac has at times enjoyed high profile occasions including a spot on television's Richard and Judy Show.

Her clients come from all over the country and one from as far away as South America.

She works from a studio at her home and chooses the hours she wants to work.

"My clients come to me through word of mouth," said Mac. "What I like about the job is seeing people becoming more confident and happier with themselves and their image. The down side is doing the administration and accounts
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2005
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