Hairs to Holly – a cut above the rest

Some people know what they want to do from an early age. Holly Bruckner knew she wanted a career in hairdressing, and practised when she was little by cutting her own hair – horrifying her parents at the same time.

Holly went to Box Hill High School and studied the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Intermediate (Year 11) in Hair and Beauty through Box Hill Institute to improve her English, Maths and personal skills. She admits when she first came to Box Hill she was quite a shy and nervous student and found it was a very different environment from school.

“I’m a very visual learner, and I chose Box Hill Institute because they had a lot to offer in that regard. I absolutely loved the VCAL course because the environment was so supportive.

“The teachers at Box Hill Institute were very friendly, the course was hands-on, and they encouraged us to try new things. They also treated us as an equal,” Holly said.

One of Holly’s teachers, Robyn Fletcher said during the year they saw Holly’s confidence and self-belief “grow in front of our eyes”.

“Holly shone during the Peer Activity Leaders (PAL) Program. It involved leading a group of primary school children through a variety of structured physical activities and Holly had to explain, demonstrate, motivate and manage the school children over a month’s activities. Her excellent teamwork and organisational skills were evident, and her confidence just grew,” Robyn said.

Holly did so well during the year-long VCAL course that she was awarded the 2015 Box Hill Institute VCAL Student of the Year Award, for her leadership qualities, industry service and commitment to learning.

“It was such an honour to receive the award, because there were so many great students. My family were also proud and thrilled for me.”

Her achievements throughout the course lead to Holly being offered an apprenticeship at three separate salons, and she says it was wonderful to have a choice of where she wanted to work.

Now 5 months into her 3 year apprenticeship, she couldn’t be happier.

“It’s a big commitment, but I’m so happy because this is my passion. I love my job and really look forward to coming to work every day. My employer, New Image in Knox City, are great and very supportive,” she said.

Holly’s immediate goal is to do well during her apprenticeship but would like to eventually open her own salon.

The journey from being a shy and nervous student to an award-winning young woman noted for her confidence and leadership skills is testament to Holly’s determination and commitment. It just goes to show, success can be closer than you think.