Believe in yourself.Laura Williams, Hairdresser
"I'd always planned to do an apprenticeship in hairdressing," Shay says. "After I left school I started working in a hairdressing salon, and after my baby was born I started my apprenticeship".
Shay was lucky - her parents, teachers, and friends all thought hairdressing was a perfect fit for her.
"My parents encouraged me 100% in what I wanted to do," Shay says. "My teachers thought it was the right choice, too - I'm a social and bubbly person, so a people-based industry like hairdressing really suited me".
Shay recently went with her salon team to Hair Expo in Australia. Hair Expo is a multi-day expo of all things hair, including an awards evening. Shay says the experience was "eye-opening".
"It really expanded my horizons," Shay says.
Shay hopes to finish her qualification and then start working towards owning a salon.
If Shay could give her past self any career advice, it would be:
"Stick with it. The path you've chosen is good - hairdressing is a fantastic trade, and you'll have a rewarding career journey".
"Hairdressing is an amazing career, and you meet tons of cool people," Shay says. "If you want a career in hair, go for it!"