Hairdressing As a Career – An Outlook
If you of the belief that a hairdressing career starts and ends with hair, then you’re in for a big surprise. There are things like client psychology, customer service, time management and balancing your finances. When you work as a hairdresser there are these and many other transferable skills that you will learn and take out into the world.
Hairdressing is for many a hugely rewarding profession, both financially and creatively. As of late, the profession has been gaining immense popularity. Reason being that there is a consistent demand and therefore there are steady employment opportunities. Creative jobs that can offer an income are few and far between, and as the fashion industry evolves and adapts, more and more artistic folks are beginning to understand that hairdressing is a very satisfying creative outlet.
Job satisfaction is a critical element when it comes to having a long and fruitful career. According to City and Guilds, hairdressers are some of the happiest workers in the UK. A primary reason for this is that hairdressers are able to meet people that come from all walks of life on a daily basis. This ensures that the job will constantly remain engaging, rewarding, and challenging.
Because there are so many options available to one entering the business, it can seem a little daunting at first. It should be known, there are two main pats into the industry; apprenticeships and private courses. Each, of course, will have their pros and cons and what works for one may just not work for another. A course is pretty straightforward, but how about that Apprenticeship?
Folks that have taken an Apprenticeship in the workplace typically will have more confidence with the skills that they have learned. They often are also better able to meet the expectations and the needs of their employers. When it is time to branch out on your own and open your hair salon make sure you take out proper insurance to cover any claims that can happen from time to time.
As an Apprentice you will learn on the job plus you are an employee. And as an employee, you are therefore entitled to a wage, which means that you EARN WHILST YOU LEARN, in addition, you won’t be racking up any student debts. When you are an Apprentice, by law you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices which is presently £3.50 per hour (1st April 2017), if you are under the age of 19 or you are 19 and in your first year of your Apprenticeship. If you are in the second year of an Apprenticeship those that are age 19 or over are by law entitled to the National minimum wage rate.
Many Apprentices progress onward to junior stylist within the salons that they trained with and will go on to train for even a higher level Apprenticeship in hairdressing or they will develop their skills by continuing with a barbering Apprenticeship.
Some of the career opportunities that available are salon stylist/, color technician, freelance hairdresser, salon manager, TV and film work, teaching, trainer/assessor, or even working on a cruise ship.
Is hairdressing the right choice for you?
Hairdressing is a very fast moving and image-conscious business, so there’s no doubt that you will need to be very presentable at all times, be creative. You must enjoy meeting people and have loads of energy.