1. Have Fun!
You’ve made the decision to study and whether you have a real passion for the industry, you want some sort of recognition (like a diploma), or your just ‘dipping your toe in the water’ because you really don’t know what you want to do, make sure you have fun doing it – every day is opportunity to learn something new AND the best thing about our industry is that you can apply the skills you learn to the real world almost immediately!
2. It isn’t like high school
All of your study is going to be more self-driven than ever before. No one’s going to give you reminders about homework -unless you have a particularly kind teacher;-).
I remember my mum say you’re only going to get out as much as you put in, and while I hate say it, she was right. You’re also going to have a lot more free time, but that doesn’t mean you can slack off!
3. Time Management
Balancing your free time between work, study and your own “me” time isn’t as easy as it sounds. Tertiary study requires a lot more study than high school, and there are a lot more homework
The earlier you get things done, the more time you’ll have to yourself later! You’ll also stress out less, rather than realising you have five assignments due the next day!
4. Don’t Be Afraid
to Ask for Help
Some of your modules may seem pretty intimidating, new content, new students, and new teachers, but your teacher understands how intimidating it can be, because at some stage they were first-year students themselves.
Never hesitate to ask if you need to know something or if you need something repeated. And if you ever get lost or aren’t sure where to find something, just ask a fellow student where to go! The worst thing they might say is, “I’m not sure.”
5. Get Yourself Out
Talk to your new classmates and start to follow people in your industry, use Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter, etc. experience your industry, ie Try out services at the different salons and get a feel for what you think works and how you think it could be done better – it’s not all about the treatment, it’s about the end to end experience, ie from the moment you walk in the door until the moment you walk out! Maybe seek some work experience or a part time job in the industry?
6. Make the Most of
Learn to manage your new study load while maintaining a balance in your life.
If you’re willing to seek advice and take advantage of all the resources at your disposal, you’ll definitely be able to look back at your time at Demi as rewarding.