Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer A. Buabin

Photo credit: Jennifer A. Buabin

Full name: Jennifer A. Buabin

Program: Cosmetic Techniques and Management

Grad Year: 2019

Current Position: Entrepreneur & Brand Ambassador

What is your favourite Seneca memory?

My favourite Seneca College memory was when I found out that I got accepted into the Cosmetic Techniques and Management program.  I remember the moment like it was yesterday.  I was so happy to start my journey in the cosmetics field and excited to be able to gain knowledge from teachers within the program that had many years of experience.

If you could give one piece of advice to a student completing the same program as you, what would it be?

Have an open mind.  Be ready to learn all aspects of the Cosmetics industry, from makeup and skincare to learning about different types of ingredients in cosmetics.  You will need to put your full concentration hat on because from the moment you start the program, there will be a lot of information to grasp.  Don’t worry, the teachers have your back.  Ask questions!  If you don’t understand what information is being put out there, just ask and don’t be afraid; maybe someone else is thinking about that same question you are going to ask.  Get to know your classmates because forming a study group is something that will also benefit and enhance your understanding of the course materials.  Make notes after each class and read ahead so that when it comes to midterms and exams, you will not be overwhelmed.  Communication is key!  You need to be passionate about what you’re doing and it will all pay off in the end.

How has your career evolved?

As a result of expanding my knowledge of make-up, skincare and other essentials, I now have the ability to educate my clients.  My knowledge and confidence has definitely empowered me to reach for more and share with others what it means to be determined.  Makeup artistry has brought me closer to my clients and allowed me to help them with their cosmetic situations.  I’m proud of what I’m doing and continue to blossom.

How did your Seneca program help you get to where you are now/your current career?

  • By giving me access to career fairs where I could interact with industry professionals.
  • By facilitating role-playing exercises that prepared me for the industry.
  • By building my confidence.
  • By giving me access to excellent teachers that have open-door policies.

Do you have any other thoughts or memories you would like to share?

The in-class make-up demonstrations and practical components of the program created amazing memories that encouraged me to become more creative in my craft and gave me the confidence to do what I do.  Getting to know different styles of makeup artistry was something that I carried on into the real world, where I could explore and share my knowledge with others.  My favourite class was Portfolio Development where I had the opportunity to explore which avenue of the industry I was interested in.

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