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Restaurant Manager

McDonald's

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Lisa Berry

My advice would be it is definitely a job where if you work hard and maintain your ambition you can have a satisfying career.

I think the biggest misconception is that McDonald's is only a job and stop gap to something else.

You will need patience, drive and commitment and be able to adapt to change. The skills you will learn with this job will be lifelong skills.

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Hairdresser

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€15k > 24
Hairdresser
Salary Range
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€15 - 24
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Occupational Category

Hairdressers & Beauticians, etc.

Also included in this category:

Barbers; colourists (hairdressing); hair stylists; beauty therapists; nail technicians

Number Employed:

22,800

Part time workers: 51%
Aged over 55: 4%
Male / Female: 10 / 90%
Non-Nationals: 19%
With Third Level: 31%
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At a Glance... header image

Works in a hairdressing salon, washing, cutting and styling hair.


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Hairdressers, also known as stylists, typically work in hairsalons, although freelancing and mobile hairsalons are becoiming increasingly popular.

Hairdressing involves shampooing, conditioning, cutting, styling, blow-drying and setting hair. Hairdressers may also perm, colour and bleach hair, or diagnose problems with the hair and scalp and suggest suitable treatments. A key part of the hair stylist's role is to talk to their client to find out what they would like to have done to their hair. 
 
Men's hairdressers or barbers, also trim beards and moustaches. Some specialist hairdressers fit wigs. Hairdressers also advise customers about styling products and may be required to carry out reception duties in the salon. Hairdressers, especially trainees, are also required to sweep the floor, launder towels and sterilise the styling implements used in the salon.
 
In a small salon, stylists may do all these tasks on their own. In larger salons, where there are several members of staff, a trainee or a junior stylist may assist the more senior hairdressers.  
 
Hairdressers need to be aware of new trends in hairdressing, new styles, techniques and treatments. Qualified hairdressers are responsible for their own clients. Hairdressing is a very socialble job. The stylist aims to establish a good relationship with clients in order to maintain their business and build up a strong client base. They need to be skilled in the various tasks and techniques involved in cutting, perming or colouring a clients hair. Many products are used in the hairdressing business, some of which contain chemicals. Hairdressers need to understand the effect that these can have on the clients' hair.  
 
Mobile hairdressing businessses and freelancing have become popular in recent years, where the stylist goes to peoples' homes (e.g. for brides on the morning of their wedding), or to hospitals and residential care institutions. In fact, as long as you have your scissors and your comb, and are skilled in using them, you can work pretty much anywhere, from a nursing home, to a cruise liner.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs.

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Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.

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Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.

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Schedule client appointments.

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Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.

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Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.

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Shampoo, rinse, condition and dry hair and scalp or hairpieces with water, liquid soap, or other solutions.

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Operate cash registers to receive payments from patrons.

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Demonstrate and sell hair care products and cosmetics.

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Develop new styles and techniques.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a hairdresser, interpersonal skills are vital. You need to be friendly, polite, sociable and able to talk to customers easily.

Practical skills are important too - you should be able to work well with your hands, and undertake detailed, intricate work.

A creative, artistic sense and an eye for colour and form is needed. An interest in fashion and style is important, as is self-presentation. You should be well groomed.
 
As a hairdresser, you need to be fit and able to stand for long periods. The use of treatments that contain chemicals may affect you if you have sensitive skin. In some cases, the treatments can cause problems for people with allergies.


Entry Routesheader image

There are different routes available to a career in hairdressing in Ireland:

Salon Training – doing your training in a hairdressing salon. Training in a salon should follow a definite structure and a student should be familiar with the content of the programme they are following, what they have completed and what is left to complete. Under the National Minimum Wage Act an apprentice should receive 10% of their training off the job i.e. from an external source. An apprentice may also combine their in salon training with more formal structured training available in either Private and Governmental schools.

Note: There is currently no national apprentice programme for hairdressing in Ireland. This means that the training given a salon will not be formally recognised, either nationally or internationally. The experience gained in a salon alone will be limited by the quality and range of work available in that particular salon.

Private Training Schools – There are a large number of private training schools in various locations around the country. They cater for the complete beginner through to the advanced stylist. The duration and cost of courses together with the qualifications on offer will vary from school to school for various reasons. It is important that you make a well informed decision. Talk to the course co-ordinators in the schools that interest you. Chat with past students. Discuss job opportunities on completion of the course. It is important to research all options in advance of making your final decision. Many of these schools are affiliated to the Irish State Commission through FETAC, International City & Guilds, The World Hairdressing Federation and the OMC World Hairdressing Association.

State Training – SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland, is responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating training and further education programmes. The State Examination Commission (SEC) provides the Junior and Senior Trade Certificates in Hairdressing. These are certified by the Department of Education and Skills, and recognised nationally. These qualifications are available through many private schools and PLC colleges. The Junior and Senior Trade Certificates in Hairdressing are basic qualifications for the industry that every trainee should complete during their training. They are the only State Examination programme.

PLC colleges offer a wide range of fully accredited qualifications at level five and six (Leaving Cert/higher certificate), including hairdressing. Recognised, accredited qualifications will make it easier for you to advance in your career in Ireland. It will also be advantageous to have an accredited qualification if you wish to travel and work abroad, or take up opportunities on an international cruise ship for example, where hairdressers and other beauty industry professionals are always in demand.

Last Updated: May, 2017


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Organisation: Irish Hairdresser's Federation
Address: Seskin South, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 8833808
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