- Thembela Njanjala turned her back on engineering to pursue a career in hairdressing
- At first, her family and friends did not understand her move
- But, they later realised there’s a career in hairdressing
Thembela Njanjala stunned her family and friends when she announced she’s dropping her engineering studies to pursue a qualification in hairdressing.
Six moths into her engineering studies at a FET college, she decided it was not what she wanted to do with her life- so, she dropped our and started studying hairdressing.
She went to her father to tell him engineering was not her passion and asked for a change of career.
"If had pursued engineering science‚ I think I would have been bored because I love hair. It is my first love‚" said Njanjala.
So, she switched over to hair dressing and cosmetology at the Coastal KZN College in Durban. She did her NQF level one to four at the college before she moved to Joburg for an internship in 2008.
TimesLIVE reported after her move, she worked at various salons- the Bathhouse Hair and Beauty Salon‚ Hairitage Hair Salon‚ Makeovers Hair and Beauty Salon‚ Motions Hair Salon and The Beauty Hub Hair Salon.
While working at The Beauty Hub Salon, the 30-year-old joined the Welfare To Work initiative by the Gauteng department of social development.
The programme helped her with various benefits, including social grant for her five-year old son. After she completed a six month training programme, she obtained an internationally recognised qualification on hair dressing with City and Guilds.
The course would have cost Njanjala R26 000, which was something she would not have been able to afford.
"When I finished school in 2005‚ I didn't know that you have to study for hair dressing. Hair dressing was my first love but I didn't know that you have to study for it. It was at the [FET] college that I learned I could pursue it as a career‚” she said.
She is now a junior tutor at the Beauty Hub Academy, and she’s currently busy doing her trade test.
And, Nianjala does not plan to stop there. She plans on getting a qualification as a moderator‚ facilitator.
As for what she wanted to specialise in, Nianjala said she was concentrating on Caucasian and ethnic hair.
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