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Floristry Student to Floristry Teacher, Myhanh Rutledge

19 Apr 2018

Myhanh doesn’t do anything by halves. As an enthusiastic student, she agreed to create floral mastery for a bridal party after only her second floristry class. The wedding went off without a hitch, and so did Myhanh’s future in floral design. She just knew she had an instinct for the industry and a passion for teaching.

Myhanh has had a passion for flowers all her life, but she started her career in the corporate world as a training consultant. It wasn’t long before her vocational call was so loud, it could no longer be ignored. When Myhanh was on maternity leave, she decided that a career change was in order and enrolled in the Certificate II in Floristry when her son was six months old.

Myhanh’s sharp eye for detail and rock-solid work ethic quickly saw her recognised as a promising new talent. Over the next few years, Myhanh progressed through her qualifications, picking up awards and accolades along the way. By 2011, Myhanh had opened her own floristry business.

Next Generation of Designers

Myhanh is now back where it all started. After updating her Training and Assessment qualification, she now teaches the next generation of floral designers at Melbourne Polytechnic. She is able to share her experiences of her career journey with students.

Working in industry keeps Myhanh up-to-date with the ever-changing design trends in the floral design world. “I visit lots of florists and provide training outside of the classroom, so I keep up to date with techniques and styles that are emerging. For my Certificate students, this provides invaluable insight so they are ready to head out into their careers with current knowledge.”

Customer Satisfaction is Key

In preparation for the real world, Myhanh says it’s important for future florists to know the intricacies of the job. “I came into the floral industry with rose-coloured glasses on. I wasn’t really sure what I was in for. My teachers were fantastic at preparing me for work and I do the same with my students. As far as time goes, florists are a lot like bakers – their day starts very early at the markets to buy stock then back to the place of work to set up. Usually this has all happened by 7:00am. Valentine’s Day every year is just mayhem – beautiful mayhem! But the joy flowers bring to customers far outweighs the long hours.”

Practice makes Perfect

She reflects on her style of teaching “I guess my style of teaching is very practical, I bring real-life design situations to the classroom and we all work on them together. Because we are working with product that is seasonal and somewhat delicate, deadlines and troubleshooting are a huge aspect of floristry. I teach my students how to think on their feet and to always consider alternatives.”

If you have the same passion for flowers as Myhanh and would like to study floristry, contact the department here.

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