My name is Karena Dowling and I have enjoyed a wonderful career in Beauty Therapy as a direct result of the excellent training and support that I received from the The Kilkenny College of Beauty and Sports Therapy .
The training was provided in a professional manner and in a small class environment that enabled students to excel. I graduated with international qualifications in Beauty Therapy from CIDESCO, ITEC and CIBTAC, and was able to achieve Post Graduate holistic qualifications in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and completed my Teaching Diploma at the College also.
I walked straight into employment afterwards and enjoyed many years of teaching, passing on the knowledge and skills that I had learned at The Kilkenny College of Beauty and Sports Therapy to others.
I was on the advisory committee for the Dept of Education and Science to establish Qualification Requirements and Standards for the teaching of Beauty Therapy within State Colleges but the highlight of my career was holding the position of National Examiner/Head Judge for the Dept of Ed and Science National Skills Competition for several years, which carried with it the responsibility of training the Irish winner for the Worldskills International Competition and acting as the Irish Expert and Judge on that international stage. The Irish competitors that I trained both won Silver Medals at the two consecutive WorldSkills Competitions that I was involved in. None of that would have been possible without the superb training that The Kilkenny College of Beauty and Sports Therapy provided for me and I would highly recommend it as a college for anyone who has the aspirations to rise to the top of this industry.