Post # 1
I have recently seen alot of career change posts in here, and you all give some great advice. So here is my issue…
I have been a hairstylist for the past 6 years, and I am ready to tap out of the industry. The salon that I work for is really going downhill and has lost alot of business over the past few years. Our boss just dropped our health insurance, we do not have paid holidays or vacations, no incentives what so ever. With that, her horrible managing skills and the overall drama, I am just done. Also, if I were to move to another salon, rule of thumb is that you can count on losing 50% of your clientell which I cannot afford. Alot of the salons are also the same song and dance- Lots of drama, and no good benefits.
So, basically I am over the industry. Last year, I told myself I would give my all for one more year and nothing is better. Time to cut my losses, and move on! Besides hair, the only other experience I have is bookkeeping, receptioning, and tax preparation for a small family business. I guess I just need ideas for a new path. Going back to school is not an option, as I have just bought a house recently and don’t have the funds/time for it.
Some of the ideas I have had so far:
Start at an entry level position for the State (great benefits)
Work at a Dermatology office (my license includes esthestician certification)
Do you ladies have any other ideas for a new career??
Post # 2
Sorry to bump, but I really could use some ideas 🙂
Post # 3
Would you consider becoming an apprentice in a different kind of trade? I know that there are sometimes state-sponsored apprenticeship programs that might be able to set you up with something so that you actually get paid while training. Granted, it won’t necessarily be as glamorous as hairstyling, but at least it’s something.
Or if you want a HUGE change, maybe apply to a practical nursing program? Those normally only take two years. And in the mean time just stick it out as long as you can at the salon to save up as much as possible and then go to school and maybe try to fast-track it if possible.
Post # 4
From a fellow Hairstylist bee who went back to school for something else…do you enjoy hairstyling aside from the drama? If yes, have you thought of owning your own business? I know for the first while money is an issue, but do it out of your home on the side until you build up clientele again and work another steady job? <br /><br />I got out of Hairstyling because I found most salons were just drama. Now I’m realizing I just want to work for myself. Life’s too short to hate what you do or settle!
Post # 5
Thank you for your ideas! I do still love to do hair, and I definitely plan on doing it out of my home. I think I just need to figure out a full time steady job 🙂
Post # 6
My hair stylist I think also got fed up with the salons she worked at, so she made a mini salon in her house and works out of her home. Two years ago she got her real estate license too and now also works as a real estate agent. Just another idea!