Allow me to rant for just a moment.
I’m a hairdresser. I have been officially since late July and have been working at a swanky salon downtown since then. For some reason however my older clients just can’t understand that this is what I consider to be my career. I have been asked almost daily by older and even 20-something year old clients of mine; “So, when ya going back to school?”. By which they mean university. I explain how I tried Uni out of high school and dropped out after the first semester… Because I didn’t like it… But for some reason they don’t understand and just say “Welllll…. when are you gonna go back?” Again and again. I have come up with so many reasons. I just got out of school and an in dept, my interests are philosophy and anthropology to which there are no real jobs unless I get a masters, and my personal favourite, I LIKE my job and don’t need to go back to school yet.
It’s hard to explain to people how much I actually like my job. I enjoy doing their hair perfectly, I enjoy the physical aspect of it all. It’s so fulfilling to finally find something that I feel like I’m really good at and don’t get anxious while doing. Sure, some nights I go home and drink a bottle of wine because people can be awful, but I’m legitimately learning every single day on the job. I love learning.
Maybe next time someone asks me when am I going back to school I should just tell them I’m still learning on the job every day and get training courses every couple of months. Or maybe I should tell them that it’s a very rude thing to undermine my career to my face while I’m the one in control of their hair and appearance when they walk out the door.