BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4 - (Page 39)
Preparing Students Mentally,
Emotionally for the Real World
BY JAMES B. YATES JR.
he long and arduous path to becoming a confident,
skillful hairdresser doesn't stop the minute after
graduation - especially as all training and mentoring often grinds to a standstill and the hairdresser
is abandoned to the vagaries of business without
a backward glance. Triumph fades; enthusaism
wanes; fear and anxiety take hold.
The realities of working day in, day out, sometimes for ungrateful clients, can lead to ingrained bad habits and negative attitudes.
Creativity is stifled under the pressure of growing and sustaining
a column. Passion tranforms into 'it's just a job,' and the hunger to
make people beautiful and keep on improving as a stylist is lost.
Ultimately, new professionals' confidence collapses. It's a crucial
time, and one of the touchpoints of development when many leave
the profession forever.
But what if your students' training equips them for this change?
Nuts and Bolts research shows that if the student, while still in
the safe environment of school, comes to understand the mental
and emotional obstacles to be faced after graduation, long-term
success is more likely, and the transition from newbie to seasoned
hairdresser is much easier.
That's why every Nuts and Bolts student will complete a module
focused solely on mentally preparing for those initial years after
graduation. It includes three key elements: Understanding Fear,
Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable and Taking Control
and Taking Charge.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 90 percent of the things we fear are, in reality, insignificant. But when
you are feeling overwhelmed, it's hard to put things into perspective. It's the perception of danger that stops students from
trying to overcome hurdles - even though, according to the
same NIMH study, 60 percent of what is feared never happens.
So our focus is not to identify specific fears, but to learn how to
overcome fear. We construct scenarios to identify fears and bring
them out into the open. For example, Nuts & Bolts students engage
in an icebreaker in class where each student introduces themselves
to another student and then explains one of their fears. Getting
them comfortable acknowledging their fear and giving them an
opportunity to analyze it is a start to overcoming it.
Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
It's important to acknowledge the change cycle - from student
to worker - and to discuss how unsettling it can be. Students
are then prepared for it and don't feel so isolated. It helps them
remain composed in the face of any challenges and enables them
to push through the stresses of a new placement or job. We use
aspirational examples to teach students that being uncomfortable
is an inevitable part of their journey. Through these examples
we break down the assumptions around success so students
realize that seeking opportunities is the only way to become a
Taking Control and Taking Charge
Recognizing fear and coping with the discomfort of facing it, is
all part of the journey. The next step for students is learning to
take charge of their own progress, to gain a sense of control and
responsibility for the outcome. Lessons on attitude, body language
and positive reinforcement not only give our students confidence,
but will also teach them how to be professional and sustain a
positive approach with themselves and those they meet. We get
them to think about services, rather than just technical skills, by
choosing an experience they've had and analyzing it. The aim is
to take the best bits and emulate them.
Preparing students so they begin building their business from
day one after graduating is about much more than teaching them
accounting and client management; it's about educating them so
they can cope with the emotional and intellectual hurdles they
encounter. They must understand how to recognize fear so it
doesn't overwhelm them; how to thrive beyond their comfort zone
and how to take hold of their own career and make it happen for
them. Hairdressing is about more than a great haircut. It's about
having the confidence to convince others it's a great haircut.
James B. Yates Jr. heads up NaB Training
Company, which comprises Nuts & Bolts
Training and associated school and educator
support services. Learn more about the NaB
Training Company at www.nabtraining.com .
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4
AACS Annual Convention Preview
Event Recap: CEA Annual Convention
The Continued Growth of Massage Therapy
Roadmap to a Healthy School Culture
Multicultural Corner: Catching Up with Ted Gibson
Trendspotting in Spas
Pedicuring the Diabetic Client
Leaving the Nest
Recognizing the Signs of Burnout…and Tips to Prevent it in the Future
Three Ways to Approach Life
Superstar Graduate: Nikki Hynek: Being Business Savvy in Beauty
BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 4