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A FAMILY AFFAIR

When Mai Le trained as a hairdresser at the Academy 5 years ago, it inspired her brother Ian to follow.

REFUGEES
Ian and his family settled in Australia 26 years ago, as refugees from Vietnam. Always hard workers, Ian's family encouraged him to change his career to hairdressing, if that's what he enjoyed most.

CHANGE IN CAREER
Having been a printer for some years, Ian, at 34, enrolled one weekday, one evening and Saturdays to become a qualified hairdresser.

OWN SALON DURING COURSE
"While I was training, Mai and I bought a salon. We worked together while I was doing the course," said Ian.

LOVED COLOURING
"I really enjoyed colouring hair," said Ian, "and after qualifying, I have many clients who come in for colour. The clients are not just Vietnamese people, we have lots of westerners too," explained Ian.

KEEPING CLIENTS HAPPY
"Running the salon has confirmed many things the Academy taught me, such as how to keep my clients happy and wanting to return," said Ian. "Experience has improved my ability to develop a really great clientele," grinned Ian.

EMPLOYS STAFF
"Because we are busy during the week, we employ an extra qualified hairdresser and another three work Fridays to Sundays with us," said Ian. "I'm really proud to say we have a very popular salon."

 
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