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Three insiders reveal what it takes to make the cut in the hairdressing world…

YOUR ROUTE IN Bethan Mannings*, 23, is a senior designer from Cardiff
‘I started off as a saturday girl in my local salon when I was 13 and worked whenever I could in the school holidays. By the time I turned 16 I had a real passion for hair, so I decided to leave school and work full-time. However, you can’t become a qualified hairdresser without completing NVQ levels 1 and 2. Each level takes a year to complete, but I also decided to do level 3, an advanced qualification that allows you to expand your talents and go on to teach others. As I had a full time job in the salon, I went to college once a fortnight for a day of theory. The rest of it was practical work with someone coming in to assess you. You can study full time, but it’s better to gain on-the-job experience – plus you earn money, too. I worked my way up from junior stylist to senior designer. Now I also specialise in wedding and evening hair.’

A DAY IN THE LIFE Vicky Coles, 23, is a senior stylist and manager from the Vale of Glamorgan
‘I’ll get into the salon at 9am and get everything ready for the day. I need to make sure all the equipment is clean and the customers report cards are out. From then on I’ll see between 10 and 15 clients, who come in every half an hour. I’ll make them a drink, wash their hair, cut it, then dry it before taking their bill and seeing the next person. If I’m really busy, I won’t have any time for lunch and can go the whole day without eating. Appointment times can also run over and the next client can be sat waiting for you. When the last customer leaves, I’ll tidy and clean the salon, then cash up before going home. On Mondays and Tuesdays I’ll try to leave earlier as I do colours the rest of the week. and won’t finish until about 8pm. But work doesn’t stop there – as I run the place, I have a lot of admin to do. In the evenings I need to sort out bills, pay my staff, put in product orders and advertise the salon. There are busier periods when I can often work from 9am until 9pm seven days a week – it can be exhausting.’

WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU  Amy, 22, is a senior stylist from London
‘I know a lot of salons have a “bitchy” stigma attached to them, but I’m lucky enough to get on really well with the people I work with. Customers put a lot of trust in us and you often find they will treat you like a therapist. We get told so many things that even people’s best friends don’t know! From relationship problems to fallouts with friends, even their sex lives, we’ve heard it all. You want to die inside when they’re telling you intimate details, but you have to smile and nod. Sometimes people arrive at the salon and their hair is gross. The most common problems are grease and dandruff, but I’ve also seen people with nits. I’ve had to deal with a few hissy fits, too.  It’s always a difficult situation, especially if you’ve done exactly what they said they wanted. This usually happens when I’m doing dyes, as the condition of their hair determines the outcome of the colour, so it may not be what they pictured. I do get nervous sometimes, especially if you’re making a dramatic change. You have to learn to hide that from a client – that’s when you have to trust your training. You can meet some demanding people. Some customers you really look forward to seeing, but others constantly fuss and won’t let you get on with your job. Another problem is that no two people picture something the same way, so it’s often a challenge understanding what the client is asking for when they don’t bring any photos. Hairdressing puts a big strain on our feet as we’re standing up for 10 hours a day, and our hands are chapped from constantly being in products or water. It’s not as glam as you might think.’ 

STARTING SALARY: £14,000 to £20,000

WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN: Top professionals earn £30,000 + 
KEY QUALITIES: Creative, fashion aware and good with people
QUALIFICATIONS: NVQ level 2/3 in hairdressing and barbering.
WHERE DO I FIND OUT MORE?: Go to and search for ‘hairdresser’

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a hairdresser’ in Issue 29th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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Got the voice but not sure how to crack the industry? Our insider’s guide is here to help…

YOUR ROUTE IN Marvin Humes, 28, lives in London and is a singer with JLS
‘I inherited a love of music from my family – my aunt would take us to church and my dad worked as a DJ. The first time I performed in front of a crowd was at my little brother’s christening when I was about seven. You need a certain amount of talent but training and making contacts are also key. From the age of eight, I went to theatre school on Wednesday nights and Saturdays, which helped build my confidence. My first pro gig was in the chorus of the musical Oliver! and I went on to be in Grange Hill. I was in a band called VS in 2004 and we had three hits. After we split, I worked in property sales for a few years to earn some money. I hadn’t lost faith in working in music but you have to be realistic. Then a friend put me in touch with Oritse, which led to us auditioning for The X Factor in 2008. Now JLS are famous, the hard work still hasn’t stopped. We spend our days honing our craft, learning routines and songs. Some days, we rehearse for 12 to 14 hours. You don’t have to be in the charts to work in the music industry. There are many roles from a session musician providing backing vocals to being a singer in a wedding band. It’s possible to turn what you love into a job you can make a living from.’ D&B School of Performing Arts in Bromley offers a Marvin Humes Scholarship for three years of full-time tuition. Marvin will also act as a mentor throughout the training. 

A DAY IN THE LIFE Beth Macari*, 19, is a singer from Newcastle
‘I’m juggling a lot of projects so there’s no such thing as an average day. Dealing with emails offering work is a big part of the job. I’m glued o my iPhone from the minute I get up until I fall into bed at night. I have to promote myself so I spend a lot of time in meetings about my website and logo. Image is a big part of the job so I’m always trawling the web for style inspiration, too. I perform my own material and front a covers band called Betty 8 The Bad Cats. I’m also going on a national tour with Jane McDonald in August as a backing singer, so I’m in rehearsals most days, I enter singing competitions, too – the prize money comes in handy with my unpredictable income. As my schedule is all over the place, having a social life is difficult and I’ve had to miss friends’ birthdays to take a job. But I’d rather skip the odd night out to follow my passion.’ 

WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU Sarah**,21, is a rock singer from Durham
‘There’s a huge amount of rivalry in the music business. I gig across north-east England and there are loads of rock bands vying for gigs. I have a tricky relationship with a singer from a rival band. She posted snide comments on Facebook about how she was tired of me copying her – it couldn’t be further from the truth. She even got into a fight with my sister when she tried to defend me. There’s pressure to look a certain way. I once wore leather hot pants on stages and when I read the review the male critic focused on what I was wearing rather than the music, saying I should go back to my dressing room and put a skirt on. It can really dent your confidence, so you have to have thick skin. I enjoy the attention I get from fans but they can sometimes get a bit weird. One guy who came to every gig started sending me pervy Facebook messages, telling me how he liked to look at certain parts of my body on stage and describing what he’d like to do with me. I still have to work part-time in admin to make sure I can pay the rent. I travel with the band a lot and when we stay overnight we all share one shabby hotel room. It’s not very glamorous – sometimes you play in pubs to just a handful of people. It takes a lot of self – belief to keep going – I know we probably aren’t going to make the charts, but I do feel lucky to be making music pay at all.’

STARTING SALARY: Fees for gigs range from free to £150
AVERAGE SALARY BY AGE 30: £20,000, but many people supplement gigs with part time work.
WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN? Chart stars can earn £100,000+ but for a session musician, around £40,000
KEY QUALITIES: An amazing singing voice, willing to work unusual hours, commitment to practicing regularly.
QUALIFICATIONS: Most colleges offer a BTEC Level 3 in performing arts.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a singer’ in Issue 22nd April 2013, I did not write this!)

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Always dreamed of caring for those who are sick, but not sure where to start? Three insiders reveal all…

YOUR ROUTE IN Sarah, 23, is a staff nurse from Bath
‘Growing up with a mum who was a health care assistant, I always knew I wanted to go into nursing. I volunteered at a local day centre while doing my A-Levels, before studying general adult nursing at Cardiff University. The course lasted three years and had struggled to deal with the workload. Every week we had 37 hours of studying and once a term, we’d do a six week work placement. Nursing jobs are hard to come by, even with a degree, so I applied for as many as possible. Eventually I landed a job on a kidney ward. That’s when my nurse training really began. it’s easy as a newly qualified nurse to think you know it all, but the truth is you could work in the industry for 20 years and still find more to learn. After 18 months I landed a job working in intensive care, something I wouldn’t have been qualified to do without that first job. Salaries for jobs in the NHS are based on different bands. Within each band there’s different scales of pay. Every six months I have an assessment. during which goals and targets are set. If I achieve them then I move up a scale until I’m at the top of my band and that’s when you jump up or get a promotion if one’s available.’

A DAY IN THE LIFE Hollie, 26, is a staff nurse from Swindon
‘My day is broken into an early shift or a late shift – with an early starting at 7am and a late going on well into the night. There are 41 patients on my ward, and I’ll be in charge of 14, so there’s a lot to stay on top of. My day begins by reading the handover notes left by the nurse who has just clocked off. Once handover is complete, it’s time for the morning medications, as well as ensuring all patients are awake, washed and have been to the toilet. This is followed by doctor’s rounds, which nurses must attend so that they’re fully briefed on the patients’ care and medical needs. Around five hours in I’m meant to take a coffee break, but most days this gets eaten up by phone calls, distressed relatives, doctors asking me to “quickly” do something or junior members of staff asking for updates or advice. The rest of the day is full of medication rounds, updating handover sheets, completing online care plans and having a chat to those you’re caring for. Most days I end up working later that my set finish time. And as I’m preparing to leave, I can guarantee I’ll be caught by a relative wanting to ask questions or a patient having a problem that I’ll need to sort before I can finally walk out the door.’

WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU Sophie 21, is a staff nurse from Maidstone
‘Nothing can prepare you for how difficult the transition from student to health-care professional can be. As a student nurse there are several people watching over you, making sure you’re doing your job right and advising on difficult situations. But in your first job, you’re as good as on your own. One of the hardest things is that if you mess up it can literally be the difference between life and death. That’s very difficult, so I had to learn to be confident enough to admit if I wasn’t sure of something. I work three or four 13 – hour shifts a week, so by the time I get home the last thing I want to do is go out drinking with my mates. But I have to force myself to have fun – if I didn’t, I could go weeks without seeing anyone other than my colleagues. I was also surprised by how difficult it can be to speak to the doctors on my ward. The Majority of them are men and it’s hard not to feel very young and inexperienced next to them. I made the mistake of thinking we could be friends, but they’re not interested. When a doctor has a job to do, they just want the facts.’

WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN?: Just over £67,000 if you go on to become a nurse consultant.

KEY QUALITIES: People skills, good communication and the ability to deal with emotional situations.
QUALIFICATIONS: A nursing qualification specialising in your chosen area eg adult, mental health

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Nurse’ in Issue 8th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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Fashion Stylist

Need some career inspiration? Three insiders spill all on working in fashwan, dahling…

YOUR ROUTE IN Katie Greengrass*, 32, is a freelance stylist from London
‘There’s no fast-track route to becoming a stylist. I studied English at Leeds Uni, where I wrote a fashion page for the student paper. That’s when I first became interested in styling. We’d organise fashion shows and I learnt what colours and shapes go together. I was even nominated for the NUS Student Stylist Of The Year award. It was sponsored by the Daily Mirror, who offered me some work experience on their fashion desk during my uni holidays. After uni, I interned for three years at various magazines. The pay was either very low, or I’d work for free, so it was just as well I was living with my parents at the time. My internships usually involved sorting out the fashion cupboard, which is where they keep the clothes used in photo shoots. It was my job to send everything back to the fashion PR agencies who’d lent the magazines clothes for shoots. I also wrote different publications and stylists to find out about paid jobs and opportunities. Eventually, I got hired as a paid fashion intern at The Daily Telegraph – and that’s when my career really took off. I got to style celebs such as Alesha Dixon, and made loads of contacts. Now I work freelance. When people are hiring you, they look at your experience, rather than what you studied. I’d advise you to get as much work experience as you can, like I did.’

A DAY IN THE LIFE Isobel Drummond**, 31, is a freelance stylist from London
‘I have three versions of a “typical” day: prepping, shooting and returning clothes. On a prepping day – when I’m preparing for a photo shoot – I borrow clothes from PR companies and check out the shops, so I can buy any extra items I may need. It usually takes all day and I’ll come home with suitcases full of clothes and shoes. On the day of the shoot I’ll be up super early. Occasionally, a shoot will take place outdoors, but mostly it’s done in a photography studio. I usually have to fight for space to work in and sometimes end up dressing celebs in any space corner I can find. It’s also my job to liaise with the make – up artist and photographer about the look we’re going for. Out of the 20 outfit options I bring along, only a couple of them will actually get used. We usually finish at 5pm and I’ll have to take all the clothes home. The next day I do the returns, which means sending the outfits back to the PRs. It’s hard work, but that’s what makes it so rewarding.’

WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU Sara, 27, is a celeb stylist from Weybridge
‘If you want to be a stylist, I’d advise heading to the gym right now. For an all-day shoot, I often have to lug around heavy cases full of clothes. I waste a fortune of physiotherapy to sort out my aching muscles. You can’t be shy as you’re dressing and undressing people all day. Lingerie shoots are the worst, as you have to make sure there are no stray pubes visible. You have to arrange the underwear, which isn’t very nice – particularly if a female celeb has their period that day. I have to be on constant “camel – toe watch” too. There’s one incident I’ll never forget. A hot A-list celebrity got an erection in the middle of a shoot. Unfortunately I’d put him in a really tight suit, so there was no way he could hide it – I didn’t know where to look! Honestly, anything can happen in this job.’

STARTING SALARY: Around £15,000 for your first paid job. If you’re assisting on a shoot, expect to earn around £50 – £100 per day
AVERAGE SALARY BY 30: £25,000 – £40,000
WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN? Stylists working on music videos and films can earn £50,000 a year
KEY QUALITIES: A creative eye, good organisational skills, and an ability to put people at ease
(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Fashion Stylist’ in Issue 1st April 2013, I did not write this!)

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Need some career inspiration? Three insiders explain what it takes to blossom as a florist…

YOUR ROUTE IN Rebecca Louise Law, 32, is a floral artist from London
‘ I did a degree in fine art, but when I worked with flowers during my final year. I realised I wanted to be a florist. Lot’s of colleges offer City & Guilds floristry courses, and McQueens ( and Judith Blacklock ( run courses that are well-respected in the industry. But I’d had enough of studying after completing my degree, so I decided to get some work experience instead. I worked for free for three years ( I was living at home at the time), helping out at a local florist during their busiest times, such as Mother’s Day, Valentines Day and Christmas. It was a brilliant experience and I got to learn the types of flowers and which colours go together. I also discovered how cold and damp it is working as florists! When I was 24, I finally got a job as a junior florist. I started out on the minimum wage doing day – to – day arrangements for weddings, funerals and bouquets. Over eight years I built up my contacts with other companies and worked for different florists. Now I’ve got my own business and I combine arranging flowers for corporate events with exhibiting my floral art installations. Last year, I did the arrangements for a press launch with perfumier Jo Malone. It took two months of planning, but the end results were stunning. Florists are meant to be the happiest workers in the UK*, and I’d have to agree.’

A DAY IN THE LIFE Amy Bowley, 29, is a florist, and divides her time between London and Dorset
‘A few days before a big event I need to collect fresh flowers, so I’m up at 3am to go to Covent Garden flower market in London. I pick up my pre-ordered blooms and fill my small transit van to the brim. Then it’s back to the studio to condition the flowers. This is a two-hour job, which involves stripping the leaves, cutting the stems and putting them in water. I spend the rest of the day sketching my designs, which are planned months in advance. If I’m working on a Saturday wedding, I’ll pick up the flowers on Wednesday and work 19 – hour days until the big day. Luckily, that doesn’t happen every week – most of my time is spent meeting clients and working on my designs. I like to feel confident they’re going to be happy with the end result.’

WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU Louise, 30, is a florist from Manchester
‘There are lots of great things about being a florist – you aren’t tied to an office and it can be a very creative job. But the worst part is dealing with the chauvinistic flower wholesalers. They all seem to be men and the
y’re unbelievably rude. They’ll shout at you if you want something unusual, or if you question the quality of their product – not what you need at 4am. Even though I’ve been in the business for years , they still call me, “love”, and it really annoys me. Also, if you like being toasty warm, this isn’t the job for you, because your work space has to be cold so that flowers don’t wilt. The studio where I work only has one small heater in it, so in winter it’s actually freezing. Many florists i know have actually become allergic to the flowers they work with, and they have to take antihistamines daily, Plus, your hands can get chapped and sore from being in water so much. You also need to be super-organised in this job. Messing up an order could damage your company’s reputation – and ruin somebody’s wedding. 

WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN?: Managers earn about £27,000. Freelance florists working in London can earn around 
KEY QUALITIES:An eye for colour, diplomatic skills, and a willingness to work anti-social hours.
QUALIFICATIONS: Not essential, but you could do a City & Guilds, or a BTEC in Floristry

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Florist’ in Issue 25th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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Three insiders explain why a career in plumbing could be more than a pipe dream…

YOUR ROUTE IN Rose*, 25, is from Stratford-Upon-Avon
‘I decided to become a plumber four years ago. My boyfriend at the time was a plasterer and I’d been on a few jobs with him and found the plumbing side interesting. The usual route in is when you’re 16, you get a four-year apprenticeship and work towards your NVQ qualifications. I applied for a course as a mature student at Newcastle College. It’s pretty rare for girls to train and I was one of only three on my course. After a year we needed to find employment, which wasn’t easy as few firms were hiring. Luckily a company called HomeServe came to the college. I was put forward for their apprenticeship and got accepted. On my first day as an apprentice I realised how little I really knew – I’d passed all my exams and worked really hard during my time at college, but there’s nothing like learning on the job. The experience was great and not only did HomeServe pay for my training I also got my NVQ levels 2 and 3. But working for a huge company wasn’t for me, so I handed in my notice and moved back south. I’m now self employed and trading under Stopcocks – a community of women plumbers who help you find work and offer support. It’s recently launched the first ever women – only plumbing training course, where women can get on – the – job experience to gain their NVQs.’

A DAY IN THE LIFE Veronica, 25, works in Wakefield
‘I get up at around 7:30am to be at my first job by 9am. I try to give three hours per job, so I fit in about three a day. I work on my own and have to manage my bookings. My phone goes off a lot during the day, so I’ve always got a notepad in my pocket to jot down customers’ details. I make a stop off at Screwfix for supplies everyday, and I also spend time ordering certain products by phone throughout the day to save me time and fuel. During busy periods, like Christmas, I’ll do small jobs in the day and bigger ones at night, so I can be working 16 hour days. As I’m my own boss, I have to sort out my invoices and admin in the evening.’ 

WHAT THE JOB DESCRIPTION WON’T TELL YOU Maria, 28, lives in Kent and has been a plumber for three years
‘The physical side of the job is harder than I expected. When you’re a size 6, 5ft 4in woman you just can’t haul massive metal hot water tanks filled with limescale down two flights of stairs. I’m the only girl at my company and I often have to phone the office and ask for one of the other guys to help me on a job. This doesn’t look good because it delays both their work and mine. Working in people’s homes can be disgusting too. Once I was called to a house with a broken toilet – there was shit everywhere. The smell was awful. People are way grosser than you could imagine and, as a plumber, you see things you wish you hadn’t – like kitchens piled high with mouldy dishes and mouse droppings in cupboards. I only retrained to be a plumber about five years ago, but I don’t think I’ll stay in the industry long-term. Mostly I work on central heating systems and they’re really complicated. You’ve got to know your flow pipes from your return pipes. Some people just “get it”, but I’m not one of them, which leaves me feeling stupid sometimes. I know other female plumbers who love their job, but my advice is to do plenty of work experience before you commit. I didn’t and I had no idea how hard it would be. 

STARTING SALARY: £15,000 to £21,000
Up to £40,000 for experience plumbers. Self-employed plumbers can charge up to £90 an hour.
KEY QUALITIES: Being logical, accurate and methodical.
QUALIFICATIONS: Level 2/3 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating.
WHERE DO I FIND OUT MORE? Go to and search for ‘Plumber’

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Plumber’ in Issue 18th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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Television Presenter

Stuck for inspiration? Three insiders reveal what you need to know for a career in front of the camera…

YOUR ROUTE IN Kate Edmondson, 29, presenter of CBBC’s Who Let The Dogs Out And About?
‘There isn’t a standard way into the industry or courses specifically in TV presenting, although lots of presenters have a degree in media studies or journalism. Most people get started by doing work experience. I was always set on becoming a TV presenter, so every weekend I worked as a runner for SM:TV Live and CD:UK which was great fun. It also gave me a good understanding of how TV shows work. I auditioned for a few shows, and often got to the final selection, but I never quite made it. I finally got my first job, for music channel TMF, after sending in footage of me presenting and having a screen test. There can be quiet times between presenting work, so it’s good to have other skills – I’ve written a children’s book in my spare time. I learnt a lot from my co-presenters, but I also watch everything back to see what I can improve on. You don’t need any qualifications, but you need to be a quick thinker and good at multitasking. So you have examples of your presenting style, get your friend to film you presenting or set up a video blog and send links to production companies, producers, agencies – anyone in the industry who could put you in touch with the right people. 

A DAY IN THE LIFE Lilah Parsons, 20, is the presenter of MTV Top 20 and MTV Asks
‘Two days before filming I’m sent the new music chart to have a look at, but I won’t get the actual script until 8pm the evening before. I get up at 6.45am on filming day and am having my make-up done by 7:30am. I’ll read through the script with my producer, as it’s constantly being updated. I wear my own clothes and filming starts around 9am. There are no breaks unless we need a quick set change, so I have to stand the whole time in big heels! It’s mentally exhausting as your constantly performing and my producer is a perfectionist, so sometimes I’ll have to read a link from the autocue six times until I get it right. After we finish at 1.30pm, I’ll be juggling conference calls to my producer with going to meetings. I’ll also be tweeting the MTV fans. I get sent the edited version of the show at 6pm and I watch it straight away to see if it’s OK. I’m always checking what I can do to improve and stay on top of my game.’

WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU Becky*, 28, is a children’s TV presenter
‘Behind the on – camera smiles, there’s a lot of bitching. I share a dressing room with four other presenters and I hate them all. There’s a lot of pressure to look perfect. We get a clothing allowance, but the other girls steal my clothes. One of them once turned up to a party wearing my boots, but denied it. I found them the next morning flung on the floor in my dressing room. We argue over who gets to spend the most time in make-up and the other girls always try to pull the celebs that come on the programme (one of them gave a boyband member a blow job after a show…). As presenting gigs are normally short – term contracts, you’re always looking for the next one. There’s so much competition and we’re always trying to get one over on each other about the auditions we’ve been to. One day I was called in for a meeting and told my show had been cancelled, just like that. I was out of work with no idea where my next job was coming from. You have to be tough and determined to succeed. you go to a lot of auditions that you don’t get because you’re not pretty enough or they don’t like your accent. it can be the best job in the world, but you need a thick skin and be able to take rejection.’ 

AVERAGE SALARY BY 30: £25,000 – £30,000
WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN? Top names can earn £100,000 +
KEY QUALITIES: A clear speaking voice and an engaging personality.
QUALIFICATIONS: There are no formal requirements.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Spotlight on Television Presenting’ in Issue 11th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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