Beauty therapy student Anwar Al Salihi is a finalist in the Queensland Training Awards. Photo Laura McKee / The Observer
Beauty therapy student Anwar Al Salihi is a finalist in the Queensland Training Awards. Photo Laura McKee / The Observer Laura McKee

Anwar strives high in beauty dream

ANWAR Al Salihi is a mum, employee and student at CQUniversity but she wants to achieve more.

The 43-year-old was nominated as Vocational Student of the year in the Queensland Training Awards.

The Community Advocate had a chat with Anwar about how she was feeling ahead of the awards on July 25.

What were you nominated for?

Completing my certificate III in Beauty Services/Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy, doing work experience, working in a team and doing community work at WIN. I couldn't believe it! I am one of the oldest in my class.

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What do you like about beauty?

I've just always liked it. In Dubai where I'm from, we have a lot of big beauty spas. Even when I was a kid I used to put makeup on my Mum's face. In Gladstone I work at OMG Hair and Beauty where I do facials, waxing and manicures.

When did you move to Australia?

I moved to Gladstone two and a half years ago. I worked as a geography teacher for four years in Dubai in primary schools.

Did you find it hard moving to Australia?

I found it hard to start with. I had to write everything down that my lecturer said in Arabic and then translate it to English. My English is still a barrier but my teacher Kathleen has been great.

What's next for you?

There is so much science with beauty. There's a lot of biology and mixing oils is interesting.

I would like to study another course I think. I just love to study!



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