Here are examples of my amateur professional journalism. And features about me trying to explore a career doing what I enjoy best.
When I went to university in Liverpool in 2004 to study Arts, Music & Entertainment Management I didn’t expect to find that I’d finish up in a recession having also had my first blip on mental health ill health.
12 years later and I have made some content which has been included in magazines like DIVA in 2018. And I am an enthusiast WordPress blogger.
In 2010 I was having a wobbly time and life was a little unsettled. I decided to dye my hair bleach blonde like Kurt Cobain or just to show a wild side. I added more and more boxes of whitening liquid to my hair as the roots started to show. It became brittle.
I went to the City of Bristol College training salon and they decided that to get it back to brown. It worked just about, just like many other things in my life like finding work, discovering more about who I wanted to be and how to spend my time.
I stitched together a career included when I worked a repairs customer adviser at the Council job. In 2010 the business lean plan meant that I had less time to take calls etc and I had bit more time off again.
I guess we all used Supercuts. I found in 2018 the cheapest Supercut could be achieved by cutting your own hair at home, then going to the salon the next available day off and asking them to finish it. They said:
- Do you want to look at the mess you made?
- I’ll have to charge you a half tariff as you already did most of it.
I tried the SBSA College in 2017 and had some nice cuts which I had to sit for longer for. I realised it was quite pleasant talking to the trainees about their aspirations for the future.
This year I’ve used Reflections Training Academy three times. I have had shorter hair styles which is unusual for me and quite independent as for a long time I was doing what me and mum agreed. That was to have a ponytail for my retail work as its the practical option and not to expensive or difficult to maintain.
Now I enjoy the quiet mornings spent at reflections with the buzz of the classroom happening around me. I suppose I’ve come full circle. The trainee hairdressers remind me of my university course mates and I wonder who I would be friends with if I was ten years younger again.
The good thing is that with the teacher always present you can be sure that it will get checked over thoroughly to make sure you’ve not got lopsided hair.
My final rating…. If you’ve got a spare morning (and thick hair like mine) it’s a good way to contribute to someone else’s learning whilst ticking off a wellbeing chore.