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Work experience Sarah Kinnear When I first got to hear about work experience, I was quite excited, a whole week off school what could be better? I skimmed over the choices, tree surgery, fish farming, ah hairdressing there's something I could do and enjoy. It's also creative and artistic which are things I'm really interested in, it's also another side to fashion which as every other teenage girl I'm interested in. I also thought about hairdresser's personality they're normally bubbly, chatty, bright and friendly so I thought I wouldn't mind working with these people for a week. So I put that down as my choice and completely forgot about work experience. The day came when I was to get my placement through, I was excited, when I opened the letter. I was ecstatic. I. Yes I. Sarah Kinnear. The most misfortune person in the world had got what was possibly the best placement ever. I was going to be working in Toni&Guy in Farnham, with one of my close friends. I could hardly believe it; I'd had nightmares about the grottiest, smelliest salon in Britain. Where they still did dodgy 80's perms and all their clients smelled like mothballs. But Toni&Guy even I had heard of them and I'm the last to know about anything interesting or fashionable. ...read more.


The last few hours of the day really seemed to drag on and I couldn't wait to leave. I was out that door at exactly five o'clock, and it wasn't a moment too soon. I hated the first day, but I know it can take a while to settle into a new job, so I wasn't too worried about the remainder of the week. I didn't arrive so early on the second day, the thought of waiting around in the pokiest sweatiest staff room in Britain didn't really appeal. As soon as I got there, I was asked to do towels, I'd been shown how to do these the previous day. As I opened the tumble dryer the stench of damp was unbelievable, mixed with the hot, sweaty air of the staff room the smell was intoxicating. When I returned to the salon floor, there was nothing to do, between four work experience girls and four juniors the jobs were few and far between. When Portia and I returned from our lunch break there were piles of washing up, sections to clear, hair to sweep, the towel bin was overflowing and spilling its contents all over the floor. We worked frantically for the next half hour trying to return the salon to order, on one the hottest day of the year, working in oversized cupboards and running up and down three flights of stairs was not the most pleasant experience. ...read more.


While I was there, I was asked to return several CD's. Finding the CD's in what is possibly the world messiest, hottest, and smallest office in the world was not an easy task, and took several attempts. When I finally returned to the salon floor, there was once again nothing to do. I could hardly wait for my lunch break, I stood there watching every second tick past for a full hour, when my break finally came, I ran out of the salon, I was so relieved not to be in there, I couldn't face going back. I feel that work experience is quite pointless, as it didn't really teach me a lot about a career in hair dressing, I'd have been better off working for my actual employer, as I like the people and the working environment there. What I did learn, was that I want go to college and do well, so I will be able to get a job I really like, then I'll never have to be a hairdressing junior again. I also learned that you should always make an effort to get on with, and be polite as possible to people you work with, as it makes your working life a whole lot more enjoyable. ...read more.

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