It’s nearly that time of the year again. Most year 12 students have had their trials and I would say the stress of the HSC is firmly on the shoulders of all students and parents.
I wrote an article last year on the joys of being a hairdresser, talking about how it is not that bad to be doing a trade like hairdressing. So many trades’ people go on to start their own businesses and do very well in life. Hairdressing has been very good to me in more ways than one. It is an extremely rewarding profession that allows you to be creative, meet loads of wonderful people and really make a great difference to people’s lives’.
I had one of those experiences last week when a gentlemen named Colin had been coming to the salon for over 40 years, he was won of my dad’s first clients in Parramatta. Colin is well into his 90’s now and it has become very hard for him to drive to Parramatta to get his haircut. I was cutting Colin’s hair and he became very emotional and proceeded to tell me that this will be his last visit to the salon. He mentioned that it’s more than just coming to get his haircut that it is visiting friends. “Your dad has been very good to me and my wife for many years. I consider him one of my closet friends.” He said very emotionally. Moments like these make what we do worthwhile and the beauty of our job is that we get instant gratification from our work. We can really make a positive difference to people’s lives.
I had a young lady who came in for a job interview recently. She was applying for a first year apprentice role. She was a bright, intelligent girl and was studying Psychology at university. She mentioned to me that she didn’t mind uni but wasn’t really happy and that she wanted to do what made her really happy. I asked her why she didn’t do hairdressing straight out of school? She replied that her careers advisor told her not too. Hairdressing was too hard and it was a go nowhere job. I must say I was taken back. I get very frustrated with this sort of advice. To try and stop someone from doing what they love is so wrong.
I get that as parents we want our kids to do well in life and not have to struggle, but some kids are just not cut out for uni. So often you see kids go to uni because it is expected of them and end up dropping out leaving them in limbo. Wouldn’t it be better if they were doing something they actually enjoy and are passionate about?
We spend a lot of our waking hours at work, and for a very long time, so why not encourage our children to do what they love and really want to do. We are loosing potentially very good trades people through the system of educating them the wrong way. So I believe if your child wants to do a trade let them go for it. Trades are really want make the country tick.
(Don’t get me wrong there are also a lot of kids out there who should go to uni. The ones that really want to should be encouraged; I just believe it’s not for everyone).
Sarkis The Hairstylist