Hairdressing as a career – putting the record straight...

Mark Maciver, founder of the SliderCuts barber brand, has joined an impressive list of leading figures in business, media, the arts, science, law and politics to give a talk to state school pupils around the country, in order to broaden children’s career horizons.  Former Prime Minister David Cameron, Damon Buffini, former boss of private equity firm Permira, who was ranked the most powerful black man in Britain in 2007, and even Bill Gates have all taken part in initiatives for Speakers for Schools, a charity founded by business journalist Robert Peston, dedicated to inspiring state school students to reach their full potential.

Hairdressing has notoriously struggled to gain visibility as a career option in schools, often being seen as a profession you go into only when all else fails. In a collaboration with Speakers for Schools, THE INDUSTRY had an opportunity to provide inspiring speakers such as Mark, to set the record straight, highlighting the many opportunities open to young people when they qualify – working in salons, of course, but also in fashion, on movie sets and on lucrative contracts collaborating with major brands.

Because of the Coronavirus epidemic, Mark’s talk was livestreamed to an audience of young people studying at home and those still attending school. He spoke about how got started, the success he had enjoyed both as a salon owner and also as barber to stars like Stormzy and Anthony Joshua, and the lessons he’s learned along the way – click on the link below to discover his three key pieces of advice.


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