Pearsons Graduate Sarah Cairns
Life is Too Short!
Sarah moved from Tasmania to Sydney in 2008. 'It has been a good career move,' says Sarah. 'Sydney has great opportunities if you want to work in floristry. I wanted to work in a creative yet hands on job that changes with the seasons.'
Sarah enrolled on the Pearsons School of Floristry (PSF) Commercial Design Course, a unique fast-tracked one day per week pathway to Certificate III in Floristry (WRF30104).
'Pearsons worked with my schedule and was central to get to,' said Sarah. 'I also liked that it was an accelerated course so I was work-ready in just one year.'
While studying, Sarah gained work experience at a Sydney florist and has now secured a full time job with Jodie McGregor Flowers.
'My workplace is a lovely shop on the main road in Castlecrag filled with lots of seasonal flowers including a great range of Australian natives,' says Sarah. 'We have one to three staff working each day, so we all have lots of hands on time working with the flowers, creating something special for our customers.'
Sarah's typical day as a florist starts by opening the store and displaying flowers and plants on the street front. On market days she begins preparing flowers for sale as soon as the day's fresh flowers arrives from Flemington. She also makes any orders that need to be delivered before lunchtime.
'Serving customers in the shop and assisting them by phone is always my top priority, so other jobs need to be worked around this,' says Sarah. 'I make lots of beautiful bouquets and arrangements in vases and other containers including handmade wooden boxes. I enjoy creating new window displays to show off the flowers and plants at their best.'
Sarah doesn't regret for a second her career change to floristry and recommends others try pursuing theirpassion in life.
I am really enjoying my career change, but it does include the less glamorous tasks such as refreshing buckets, cutting flowers, cleaning and sweeping that are also part of the job' says Sarah.
'The biggest creative challenge for me is translating the look or feel a customer wants into an arrangement using flowers and foliage.'
'The course at Pearsons gave me a really good grounding in the basics of floristry and helped me to get a job in the industry. I strongly recommend everyone go for it - working in an area that you are interested in and challenged by is so much more satisfying. Life is too short to work in a job that you don't like!'
As leaders in the floristry industry, Pearsons Florist has been providing quality, creativity and unparalleled service to flower lovers for more than 40 years.
With such extensive experience in and knowledge of the industry, the family run business commenced Pearsons School of Floristry in Sydney's Darlinghurst in 1997. The School has since trained countless talented florists from both Sydney, interstate and overseas.
As an award winning registered training organisation, Pearsons School of Floristry offers nationally accredited courses for professional florists while providing inspiring Courses for Fun for flower enthusiasts as well.
Maintaining its position as the leading floristry training organisation in Australia, Pearsons School of Floristry inspires and educates the next generation of floral designers.
Pearsons are proud supporters of Cancer Council's annual Daffodil Day assisting to raise funds for cancer research, prevention programs and support services for cancer patients and their families. They also support prominent Sydney based charity The Spastic Centre, assisting children with cerebral palsy and their carers.
The award winning florist delivers the freshest flowers to Sydneysiders from their eight stunning Sydney stores at Bondi Junction, Broadway, Chatswood Chase, Met Centre, Darlinghurst, QVB, MLC Centre andMiranda. A member of Interflora for over thirty years, Pearsons also delivers worldwide.
More on Pearsons School of Floristry: www.pearsonsschool.com.au