A sixteen year old apprentice hairdresser explains how she came to the profession.

Frances Beakhurstdid not plan to be a hairdresser but her careers counsellor at school suggested the profession to her. Then a local hairdresser took her on for the weekend and things took off from there.

Hairdressing suits Frances as she likes meeting people, being helpful and seeing results from her work. She also enjoys the independence and income a working life provides.

Frances is about to start the second year of a four year apprenticeship and recently won the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. Her advice to school-leavers is to try and work in an area that appeals to them, but also to give a job a chance and get to know it properly.

If you don’t like it and you've no interest , well you’re not going to be good at it, if you do like it and you put a lot of effort into it, then your results should be good.

The series ‘Out On Your Own’ features young people adjusting to the world of work after leaving school. Episode four ‘Situations Vacant’ focuses on the difficulties of finding and holding onto a job.

‘Out on Your Own: Situations Vacant’ was first broadcast on 2 June 1976. The reporter is John O’Donoghue.

Hairdresser Frances Beakhurst
Hairdresser Frances Beakhurst