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Barber courses will give you the essential skills to become a first class barber. There are many things to consider when searching for a good barber course and it is difficult for the novice to know which is best for them.
First of all you must ask yourself what you want to do once you have learned the skills to become a barber. In other words, do you want to work in a barbers shop or are you considering being self employed and have your own barber shop. You may even want to travel and use your skills to work on cruise ships or in employment in another country.
One of the main attractions of this exciting career option is that barbering is essentially a very secure and thriving industry no matter what the financial climate may be. Men always need haircuts and you can work securely all year round in whatever global destination you may wish as the skill of professional barbering is found worldwide. That being the beauty of barbering such skills are in demand globally and indeed many people go traveling abroad and use the skills to fund their travels, or if choosing to stay closer to home they often set up their own barber shop locally.
One of the first things to consider in today’s’ market is whether you want a certificate or qualification. This is not always needed with barbering as not all employers ask for one. However, a good barber’s course will provide training which is well structured and where you are taught all the relevant skills with a Diploma or a National Vocational Certificate at the end of the course.
There are different types of barber courses; those where you are learning the skills in a college or school and vocational courses where you will be taught within a working barbershop environment. Your chances of gaining employment are much better if you are taught in the latter. Why? Because you will have the experience. And this is paramount when you come to get a job.
The vocational courses will also provide what is termed the ‘x’ factor – the real life situation and not a sterile classroom environment. Here you will train with real live models and in doing so will be well prepared for employment. You will see how a busy salon operates and be part of the happy and fun environment whilst you are learning.
You need to be taught the basic but important skills that a good barber needs. An example here is techniques such as scissors over comb, beard and mustache trimming, consultation skills and above all if you can learn the skills of wet shaving you will be way ahead of your competitors. Not all barbers have the skills of using a cut throat razor and if you have this skill under your belt you will be a most desirable employee.
Another factor to consider is the size of the barber courses. If they are too big your chances of learning all the skills competently are far less than if you are in a small group. You need personal guidance throughout the course and continual assessment to ensure you are achieving your goals. Smaller groups can provide this with no problems.