Laura Simpson - Certificate III, 2010 Graduate

Laura found a passion for flowers at 23 years of age. After doing a one-day workshop at Pearsons School of Floristry she knew exactly where she wanted her career to head. She signed up for Certificate III and the rest is history. Laura now works at Pearsons busy MET Centre store.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up and went to school in Bondi. It’s a great place and while I don’t live there now, the beach is still very much a part of who I am.

What lead you to becoming a florist?

I finished school and floated in and out of different jobs. I worked in media, real estate and the hospitality industry. I was happy but nothing really clicked. My mum suggested that I try floristry. Being a florist wasn’t even on my radar, but I thought – why not! I did a one-day course, then attended an information session and signed up for Certificate III soon after. I completed my studies in 2010 and have been working ever since. I love my job!

You studied with Pearsons School of Floristry, what made you choose us?

I chose to study at Pearsons because I was locked into a work contract and couldn’t attend class during the week. Being able to study on a Saturday was perfect!

What was the best thing about the course?

I really loved being exposed to all the different trainers. They were all knowledgeable, passionate and had loads of industry experience. I had a different teacher for each cluster, which was great because they all had different strengths and ways of doing things. It broadened my learning.

You work with so many beautiful flowers. Do you have a fave?

I can’t narrow it down to just one. My top three are Grevillea, Anemones and Guelder Rose. They all have different textures and I like the impact they have on arrangements. Where do you look for inspiration? I am a bit of a magazine addict (especially bridal ones). They always showcase the latest trends. I love checking out pinterest too!

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

The day involves setting up, serving customers, creating bouquets & arrangements, making deliveries and then packing down and prepping for the next day. It is full-on BUT fun. The team here is great, I love working with them. There's always lots of laughs.

What do you love most about your job?

The customers appreciation for what you've been able to create. There’s nothing better than creating something beautiful and seeing the happiness it brings. They’re always so grateful.

Can you give us a simple floristry tip?

Keep learning, explore your creativity and don't be afraid to improvise a little.

What’s next for Laura?

Retail is my thing. Our store is in the CBD so I get to work on one-off jobs, weekly office flowers and the odd event. There’s never a dull moment. I plan to stay working in a store for as long as possible.

Coffee or tea?

I spent two years in Ireland so I’m mad about Irish tea.

Cat or dog?

Dog

Favourite place in Sydney?

Anywhere by the beach

Where would we find you on a Sunday morning?

Brunching with friends

Tell us something that people don’t know about you.

I have incredibly small hands and feet. No really, I can fit into children’s shoes. Initially I joked that I wouldn’t be able to be a florist because my hands were too small to hold a bouquet. I also play the drums!