By Gladys Mae
Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.
Of the numerous benefits associated with being a hairdresser, such as the expression of creativity and opportunity to be flexible with variety on a daily basis, the opportunity to work with celebrities tends to be a major draw for many to rise and shine in the profession. Have you ever wondered about your favourite celebrity and their hairstyle? Well, your dreams could well, turn into reality when you have created a name for yourself in the trade that you love.
However, that does not happen overnight. You would not expect to start a business and have your favourite celebrity line up for your service and attention, would you? It takes passion and commitment to create a name for yourself and for the consistent services that you provide to your clients.
The best way to start off on a winning note, when you may not have much experience to begin with, is to garner the industry’s training and knowledge with a formal qualification in hairdressing. A Diploma or an Advanced Diploma in Hairdressing from the International Career Institute would give you the vantage point to start off on your dream profession, with the confidence on starting on the right note. When you have the right balance of theoretical framework coupled with practical knowledge in the industry, you would be in the ideal position to build your business into a formidable brand that is trusted by clients by working with celebrity hairdressers. Or, who knows, you could end up with your favourite celebrity waiting for their turn to be served by you!
With a career in hairdressing, there is virtually no end to how far your dreams could go. Some experienced professionals realise that they are born to train – there is an inherent teacher in everyone, and only a few get to realise their potential to change lives as a teacher.
There are many experienced hairdressers who have realised their ability to mould the next generation of aspiring hairdressers into thorough professionals. And there are those who wanted a change their careers from their routine and chose to become college-based instructors.
Colleges that train students on hairdressing and make professionals in the industry are always on the lookout for bright and experienced industry leaders to take up education as their mainstay. Becoming a college-based instructor would give you the ability to stay updated with the latest in the profession, have access to cutting edge research in the industry, and also have career progression opportunities like none other.
Many experienced hairdressers with an inclination to teaching, start off with college-based instructors to begin their academic lives, and progress on to become course leaders and heads of departments. Of course, the actual scale and speed of progress depends on the size and structure of the college that you become part of.
The fact remains that the profession of hairdressing is an enticing opportunity in more ways than one, and for those with an inclination to progress and determination to succeed, the opportunities are virtually limitless.