Tallaght Community School

Tracey McCormack 2004

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I graduated from T.C.S. in 2004. I went on to study in David Marshall’s School of Hairdressing where I graduated with a Distinction and was offered a job in one of his salons. Working in a top salon in Dublin City Centre opened a lot of doors for me, here I did jobs in television, magazines, catwalk shows and travelled Ireland and parts of Europe doing what I loved. Every day was different and exciting, I loved meeting new people and going to new places. I worked in that salon for 7 amazing years and made friends for life. In this time, I had my lovely daughter Ava and decided to work closer to home. I got a job in an up and coming salon where I'm still presently working. Myself and an amazing team led by my incredible boss/friend have built an award-winning salon which I'm very proud to be a part of! Here many more doors opened on my career path I began to teach the young assistants with hands on classes as well as theory. I went on to achieve my Colour Masters Degree finishing top of my class (the Science, Biology and Maths I never thought I'd need in school, came in handy here!) I went on to become master stylist in salon.

I love my job it lets me be creative and push boundaries, you never stop learning! Not many people can say that their job is to make people feel and look better about themselves but that's exactly what I do and I get paid for it! I love doing hair shows and competitions. At these shows I'm always in awe of people's creative abilities and imagination it's a great source of inspiration.

There is so many opportunities in this industry from teaching, to running a salon or freelancing there is really something to suit everyone's lifestyle and family life.

One thing is for sure, people will always need their hair done which means I’ll always have money in my pocket and food on my plate. Not bad for "just a hairdresser!"

When I started at T.C.S. in 1999 I knew I wasn't the most academic, if I'm being totally honest I felt a bit stupid. There was always someone who picked up things quicker than me or people that were better than me no matter how hard I tried.

I joined the Rugby and GAA team I thought it was great that T.C.S. had so many sports clubs and facilities and that it wasn't all about how academic you were. These teams led me to have confidence in myself and made me lifelong friendships.

I had a really tough year personally in 3rd year. I wanted nothing more than to leave school. My teachers, the Chaplin and my Vice Principal at the time Ms Shaw helped me endlessly at this time and for my continued time at the school till 6th year. I am forever grateful to them. The support I got from each and every one of them was second to none! They helped, guided and kindly pushed me to continue my education and to do my Leaving Cert which I passed with flying colours.

Tracey McCormack

Graduated class 2004

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