Ffion Giulitti

Business Owner & Florist, Bella Fiori

This can be anything from making orders for delivery, general cleaning of the shop and stock area, doing wedding consultations/preparations, catching up on paper work, whilst keeping on top of walk in customer orders too.

What do you think are the three most important skills to succeed in your career area?
You need to be able to multitask efficiently, be organised and be able to work all hours at peak times.

Was this something you planned to do or did you change direction at any point in the past? If so, what was that and was it easy to do?
I had always liked flowers as a child, but never thought of it as a career choice until my Mum found me a Saturday job at the local florist back in North Wales. I then went on to train at the local college. Once I had qualified my tutor put me up for a job in Jersey, which I got and have been here ever since.

What do you love most about working in your career area?
It amazes me still all the varieties and colours of flowers. Being able to advise people of what variety will work best with their colour scheme for their wedding/event and seeing it all come together never gets old.

Are there any negative aspects of working in your career area that people considering it should be aware of?
You have to do long hours and often miss out on weekends due to wedding season and other peak periods. Holidays always have to be squeezed in when you can and worked round the season. It is definitely not a 9.00am to 5.00pm job.

What training / quali cations did you undertake for your current role or are you currently undertaking?
I started as a Saturday kid and worked holidays, which is where I gained experience. I then enrolled in college and did the NVQ Level 2 in Floristry, while also working full-time at a florist. Everything else since college I have learnt through experience.

Is there any other information that would be of interest to someone thinking of this career?
I look at it as more a vocation than a job. You have to be truly dedicated to the craft and work all the long hours it takes to understand the flowers you work with. Going to florist workshops in the UK and the ower markets in Hollands is always worthwhile. Having a passion for owners and constantly striving to think of new ideas. You never stop learning.