A career with style

24-year-old Sara Burke’s effervescent spirit and urbane chic style leaves you with little doubt that she will achieve her goal of becoming a successful creative artist in the fashion and beauty industry.

In 2012, Sara completed an Australian Apprenticeship, gaining a Certificate III in Hairdressing and a full-time position as a stylist in an industry she loves.

“In high school we had to list our chosen careers," Sara said.

"My first choice was physiotherapy, my second, sports science.

"I could not think of a third so, given my love of fashion and beauty, I listed hairdressing.

“When I started university applications, I had a blinding realisation.

"What if I spend four years and a hefty sum of money on a university degree and there is no job waiting for me?"

With this in mind, Sara opted to take a gap year and work full-time.

“I thought if I am going to work for a year, why not try out hairdressing,” she said.

“My decision shocked people. Hairdressing and apprenticeships in general seem to have this ridiculous stigma around them that they are ‘drop out’ careers and something you do if you are not smart.”

Sara was awarded the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award at the 2012 Australian Training Awards.

She is now an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador and it is now her mission to redefine apprenticeships and traineeships as first choice career pathways.

To see Sara at work, watch The Hairdresser: Sara's story.

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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