Self-Motivation: Starting Your Level 7 In Injectables
Motivating yourself to start can sometimes be difficult. Many of our trainees will embark upon their Level 7 at Harley Academy while working full-time and juggling other priorities.
Our Student Support team recently received this query from a trainee… "I purchased the Level 7 Injectables course but I’m finding it really difficult to progress. Do you have any tips on motivating yourself?”
We understand that sometimes life gets in the way. This can make it tricky to find the encouragement and time to complete your training.
The Level 7 Diploma in Botox & Dermal Fillers is an Ofqual-regulated and JCCP-approved Master’s level course. It’s designed to advance your aesthetics career, equipping you with the clinically-relevant skills you need to become a specialist. Therefore, it certainly can be challenging.
But, just like you had your day one as a medical professional and successfully completed your qualification, you’ll also have a day one in aesthetics. As with any journey, your aesthetics training pathway will most certainly involve twists and turns. However, you’ll become more confident as you grow from technician to specialist, hopefully leading to eventual success at your destination!
Our Director of Education, aesthetics specialist and certified mindset coach, Dr Kalpna Pindolia shares her tips on how to get started.
Remember why you’re doing the Level 7 in Injectables
Try to harness the initial motivation that led you to sign up for the Level 7
It’s useful to write down why you’re doing the course when you start. It can then be affirming to look back at this when motivation is dropping. It’s a reminder to your future self of why you decided to do the course in the first place.
The Level 7 Diploma in injectables is designed to help you become a safe, ethical, effective and employable aesthetics practitioner. Suitable for medical professionals at any level of their aesthetics career. It’s a flexible experience that should take you 12-36 months to complete, comprising 175 hours of guided learning.
This may seem like a lot, and it is! However, the course can be completed on a timeline that works best for you. Each element of our Level 7 diploma has been carefully considered with your progression in mind, too. This ensures by the time you’ve finished, you’ll have practical experience administering a range of foundational treatments.
9 tips for finding motivation when you need it most
Here are a few tips from Dr Kal that you can implement into your day-to-day to help motivate you to make a start.
1. Divide your eLearning into small manageable chunks
“The course has many components, which can seem intimidating. It’s often worth breaking this down into small steps compatible with your life. SMART objectives are useful here, you can be specific about the goal and make it measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.”
2. Block off time in your diary to complete your eLearning or build your case logbook
“Diarising your progress also helps. For example, you may want to make a note to complete a section of eLearning before attending a practical session. It’s also useful to submit cases in your logbook soon after your session, so the information is fresh in your mind. This is a great opportunity to reflect on and consolidate learning.”
3. Book your exams and Observation Days so you have dates to work towards
“Utilise your trainee handbook resources to map out a realistic time plan. And if you can’t fulfil it, so what? If challenges interrupt your progress along the way, you can just reassess and make amendments.”
4. Find an accountability partner on your course so you can motivate each other
“Practical training days are a great opportunity to meet other trainees who are encountering similar journeys. Keep in touch with them and check in regularly to talk about your challenges and successes!”
5. Be kind to yourself
“Often, we may put pressure on ourselves to be perfect from the get-go. It’s important to remember that you are learning, so perfection is not expected nor achievable. Even an ‘expert’ is still learning. As long as you are reflecting and growing, you can make progress at your rate while considering your circumstances. Try not to criticise and compare what you are doing, to others, instead use them as inspiration.”
6. Find the time to see what you are doing right
“We can sometimes attribute more weight to what is going wrong, rather than right. If you take the time to see what you have accomplished, you may find that you have achieved a lot. Why not focus on that?”
7. Bumps along the road will happen
“Expect challenges. There will always be challenges when starting something new. The point is to learn from them and use them to mould your future approach. Challenges are really just opportunities to grow.”
8. Enjoy it!
“When you’re in the throes of mentoring and assessments, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But learning should be fun! It’s going to help you become a more confident and happy injector. Find your enjoyment in it, this is truly motivating.”
9. Reach out to our Student Support team with any questions or concerns
“If you’ve started and you need to take a break, you can always speak to our Student Support team.”
How Harley Academy can support you
Whatever concerns or issues you may have, we’re committed to creating an environment that allows you to excel.
We have a dedicated Student Support team who are always on hand to help you get the most out of your training. If you’re unsure about any part of the course or need any guidance, they’re available from Monday to Friday from 9 am-5 pm.
Join the Harley Academy Comma community
Comma is an online platform designed specifically for the medical aesthetic community. The Harley Academy Comma is a great resource for trainees to learn from each other and get support from us too. Access to this private, invitation-only part of the network is exclusive to our trainees and faculty.
Resources for aesthetic medicine trainees
Below you can find a list of resources that you may find useful:
- For a little extra motivation, check out What Does Holding a Level 7 Diploma in Injectables Say About You?
- Advice on how to answer Short Answer Questions (SAQs)
- These Aesthetics Revision Tips will boost your confidence and studying capacity.