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APPRENTICESHIPS | WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY

July 5, 2018

There are many ways to work within the beauty industry. We all start out the same - in some type of schooling atmosphere. We must all pass our state board requirements in practical and written tests to earn our license. After that, we have many options. Booth rental, commission, team based pay, hourly or salary positions, and apprenticeships being the most popular. At @honeycombcorvallis we offer an Apprenticeship, which we actually call an Associate Program, as step 1 in our career path that can eventually lead to profit sharing and partnership in the salon. We love our Associate Program and we have found that it’s the BEST way for us to build our team.

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So who should do an Apprenticeship? Anyone who is open to learning and wants to build a healthy and sustainable career. It doesn’t matter if you’re right out of school or have been in the industry for years, if you believe that you have more to learn (p.s., we all have more to learn) and want to launch your career (notice I say career, not job), an Apprenticeship is a wonderful opportunity for you. It doesn’t matter how booked I am or how much money I make, I continue to learn from those willing to teach. I become a better hairdresser (Again, doesn’t matter how booked you are), every year by taking classes because I never want to stop learning. If that’s the way you feel about this industry, a hands on learning experience like an Apprenticeship will feed your soul, no matter how far along in this career you already are.

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What’s in it for you? A paid accelerated learning experience. Aka - an opportunity to learn what many take years to learn in a shorter amount of time. One of my most recent graduates of our Associate Program is making the money that it took me 5 years to make (She’s been out of school for 1 year) and she’s understanding the theory and why behind coloring and cutting that some may never learn. Basically, more $, more knowledge.

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When is the right time? As I mentioned above ️, it is never too late to begin an Apprenticeship. However, I will say that the people I interview or talk to about it that have been in the industry for a while are much more hesitant to “take a step backwards” (i.e. a little voice [ego] is telling them that people will think they’re not good enough if they do an Apprenticeship after being in industry for a while). The right time is either directly from school or when you’re confident saying “I’m going to do this hands on program that is going to make me the hairdresser I always wanted to be” with no ego and an open mind.

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So where do you find one of these positions? If you’re in school you can ask your teachers and mentors what salons in your area offer these programs. Hot Tip: Summit Salons usually offer these amazing Associate Programs. [Summit Salons are salons who follow a growth system for their stylists and their salon,. Your schools or your Salon Centric Salons Consultants should know who the Summit Salons in your area are). Interview the salon as much as they’re interviewing you. An Apprenticeship should NOT be sweeping hair for two years (IMO). Ask how hands on their program is. Personally, our Associates do everything from color applications, shampooing and toning, blow drying, styling, etc. under the direct guidance of a lead stylist AND they’re building their own clientele by working on their clients simultaneously. Find the right program for you that allows you to move at your own pace (if you want to move quickly) and that also won’t let you get bored.

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Why? Because we all have more to learn, whether it’s color theory and application, cutting, styling, or business building. What we learn in school gets us a license. What we learn in the salon gives us financial and creative freedom to make this career what we want it to be. If you're a new graduate or if you just haven't found what you're looking for this industry yet, this may be the most rewarding option for you. 
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If you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment here or on our Instagram post about the topic. If you're looking for an Associate Program in the Corvallis, Oregon area, head to our Careers page and fill out our online application. 

 

 

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