Before moving to Saigon, I was a worker in a garment company. Life was very hard, I spent most of the salary to support my family although I really love to learn the a vocational training course for hairdressers…
Seven years went by, living condition had no changes. I was so discouraged and decided to go to Ho Chi Minh city alone without a penny, even transport fee that I had to borrowed. Everything was strange, it seemed impossible to get a good job without any network here. I succeeded in finding a job at a coffee shop which cover all food and accommodation cost for me. I keep the dream to join a vocational training course and find a way to open the new door to the success. However, the wage is enough for my daily expense and small allowance to my parents living in hometown. The dream is still too far to reach.
One day I met Ms. Thuy – an officer of Getting Ready For Work Program at Saigonchildren. She came with an unbelievable opportunity, I could not believe that I am going to join a hairdressing training course. A little bit afraid, but eager to grab this chance.
I stopped working at the coffee shop and was given an old motobike. Everyday, I studied for all day and worked in a small restaurant in the evening. Things became harder when I don’t have enough money for meals. At that time, Ms. Thuy listened to me and understand my situation. She asked saigonchildren to give me a small allowance to support me. Finally, I got the certificate after the seven-month course. At the moment I was awarded, I burst into tears.
Now, I am working my favorite jobs, with efforts and dedication. The financial problem is no longer a big worry because I have a decent job and stable income. But I know that I need to try harder to improve my professional skill to open a salon on my own in the next few years. I believe, with continually effort, we will one day achieve the success.
Trần Thị Thanh Trà – student of hairdressing training course from 5/2017 – 12/2017