The Right Pathway For You

Knowing what you want to do with your life can be one of the hardest dilemmas you can face, especially as a young adult. But what can be truly overwhelming is knowing what you want but not knowing how to achieve it and how you will manage along the way.

Once you have read through all the information on the courses available to you, you can then evaluate your own personal situation so to determine which pathway suits your lifestyle and situation.

You may be keen to take on full or part time study to realise your dreams quicker, which is often the case for people making a career change or with mature age students. Or are you ready to jump straight in and start an apprenticeship where you will be given on the job training as well as attending a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

If you are you looking to fast track your training and take on full time or part time study you may need to think about the duration of the course and how you will manage financially while you study. Be sure to look into possible financial aid, incentives and payment plans options for course fees and carefully vet the organisations you are thinking of attending.

Either way money and time can be a huge factor in your decision. You will need to take into consideration wages, equipment, course fees and living expenses to name just a few.

But there is financial help out there that you may be eligible for while studying, for more information on this topic please here.

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Click here to read about cert III in hairdressing via an Australian apprenticeship.
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Mature Age Hairdressing Study

The majority of people will at some point in their life question themselves on their career choices and whether they are truly content in their current occupation. We spend a huge portion of our life at work so it’s important to feel like you are happy with the position you are in. These days it’s totally acceptable to explore different avenues when it comes to your career. At 25 or above you are considered to be an adult apprentice and this can come with some benefits, by this age it is reasonable to expect that you would have developed more of a skillset than a school age apprentice. Everyday occurrences such as holding down a job, being married and paying a mortgage just to name a few.

An apprenticeship can take up to three to four years to complete and consists of both on and off site training. Like any qualification you should consider if you are willing and able to commit to the length of time involved. Starting off an apprenticeship will more than likely involve receiving a reduced salary than what you are currently earning, at least in the short term. Earning minimum wage can be a big adjustment for people who already have financial commitments. Take a good look and your situation and carefully analyse if you and your family will be able to sustain yourselves on your lesser earning over the next few years.

The Australian government does provide an initiative for mature aged apprentices called Support for Adult Apprentices, if you are eligible you could be entitled to payments to help subsidise your wage. The current entitles as of 2015 are:
Full time – $150 per week for the first year capped at $7,800pa
Full time – $100 per week in the second year capped at $5,200pa
Part time – $75 per week for the first two years
Part time – $50 per week for the following two years

As an adult you will have certain life experiences and a level of maturity that prospective employees might see as beneficial to their business. You will be able to take on tasks and responsibilities that an younger apprentice would likely struggle with and probably wouldn’t be trusted to do. As a mature age apprentice you will more than likely be able to hit the ground running as opposed to a 16 year old who isn’t quite as confident and would struggle with getting accustomed to a workplace environment.

One of the downsides to starting your hairdressing apprenticeship as an adult could be that you may find yourselves reporting to or having to take direction from a younger co-worker. Depending on your attitude and personality this may be uncomfortable for you, but remember that they too might be uneasy with this situation. You may also be given menial duties that you feel are beneath you, unfortunately these tasks are part of the process with an apprenticeship but try to keep in mind that it’s part of your learning and development and it’s not forever, it’s a means to an end.

Click here to read about Certificate III apprenticeship in Hairdressing
Click here to read about Certificate III full time study in Hairdressing

For more information visit:
Mature Age Apprenticeships
Australian Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships Support

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How Much Do Australian Hairdressers Earn?

Trying to determine how much an Australian hairdresser earns? According to Fair Work Australia’s Hair and Beauty Modern Award 2010 a first year full-time apprentice should expect to earn a base rate of $8.13 per hour. However you may qualify for government allowances such as youth allowance as well as an allowance for equipment or penalty rates.

The base rate for a second year apprentice starts at $9.93 per hour and a third year apprentice should expect to earn around $13.90 per hour.

Once you have completed your Certificate III in hairdressing, a full-time hairdresser can earn a base wage of around $18.06 per hour.

Once you are fully qualified you can expect to earn between $32,000pa as a starting salary to around $52,200 as a senior stylist, with an average salary equating to around $45,000pa.
*Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill, your experience and your employer.

Useful Links for financial advice:
Fair Work Australia
Australian Apprenticeships
Apprenticeship Support

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