Student turns long-time hobby into self-made beauty business in Leicester

By Sarah Danquah

A student turned a long-time hobby into a business after years of offering hair and brow services to family and friends for free.

Angel Monu, 19, is a second-year psychology student at the University of Leicester and recently started her beauty business ‘AMBeautyBar’ although she has been doing wigs, hair and eyebrows for years.

“I used to do my sisters’ and friends’ hair and messed around with their eyebrows since year nine, but I never charged them, I just love enhancing people’s beauty,” she said.

Angel especially aims to give teenagers and young adults the opportunity to feel good about themselves by highlighting their natural features.

She offers brow shaping, tinting or laminations as well as lash lifts, several hair services and general waxing in Leicester and her hometown Telford.

The 19-year-old completed professional training online and is now a certified brow technician, Lash lift artist and wax specialist.

“I joined a brow and lash workshop online, which took me two weeks – but I also practiced on my friends as well.”

Her business is well received by students. “I only started in March and I already got more than 700 followers on Instagram,” she said.

Angel didn’t expect the amount of support she got. “There are so many people in the beauty industry doing the same work as me,” she said.

To ensure her business does not collide with her studies, thy psychology student manages appointments and deadlines in a timetable and doesn’t take bookings unless assignments are finished.

She is already thinking ahead into the future and even wants to fulfil her dream of buying a studio from her savings as the demand grows.

“I am definitely going to carry on, I get so many messages from my customers saying they feel so pretty,” Angel explained.

“From my savings, I wish to buy my own studio so I can actually have designated areas to do brows, hair and waxing.”

If you wish to follow AMBeautyBar on Instagram or arrange an appointment, you can do so by visiting https://instagram.com/am.beautybar_?igshid=jggvwmlqld0a

DMU Hip Hop supporters raise money for breast cancer charity Make 2nds Count

By Kira Gibson

As part of Raise and Give (RAG) week at the Students’ Union in De Montfort University (DMU), the DMU Hip Hop society was asked to do a charity stall.

They chose to raise money for Make 2nds Count – a charity dedicated to helping those with secondary breast cancer.

Secondary breast cancer is a cancer that has spread from the breast to other areas of the body, also known as stage IV (four) breast cancer.

A member of the Hip Hop Society, Caitlin Hamit, was running the stall on Tuesday (Nov23).

She said: “The charity was chosen as it was an under-represented charity and one of her close family members had been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and this charity helped her family with it.”

The week is arranged by the SU to raise awareness and money for a variety of charities. RAG week will be running until 4pm tomorrow (FRI, NOV26), with various societies raising money for their chosen charities.

The stalls are filled with fun games and things to do, where only a donation or a small amount is asked for to play along.

DMU Hip Hop’s stall decided they would have a chocolate toss.

The aim of the game was to land a pound coin on your desired chocolate bar and if you managed it, then you would win the chocolate bar in question.

They catered for all in this, with normal Dairy Milk bars, vegan and dairy free options for those who couldn’t have Dairy Milk.

The stalls also have a donation box on there with the charity details on in case you’d just like to donate without playing the game.

To find out more about RAG week, please go to: https://www.demontfortsu.com/news/article/dsu/Raise-and-Give-2021/

To find out more about Make 2nds Count and how to raise money for their charity, please go to: https://www.make2ndscount.co.uk/

Survey finds 65 per cent of UK adults want a career change following pandemic

By Thomas Carter

Nearly 70 per cent of working adults in the UK want to change career pathways following a turbulent couple of years during the Covid-19 pandemic, a recent survey has found.

The survey, conducted by Careermap, sampled 2,300 UK-based adults who are all working full time, part-time, or in an apprenticeship.

Even though results show 65 per cent of respondents are looking for a career change, the survey also found that four in five people (80 per cent) have never considered using an apprenticeship as a way to re-skill or change industry.

Simon Bell, the founder of Careermap, said: “There are many misconceptions when it comes to apprenticeships, the main one being that apprenticeships are just for the younger generation.

“This simply is not the case, apprenticeships are great career pathways for anyone who is looking at a particular industry from engineering and technology to marketing and accounting.

“In fact, there are apprenticeships available in most industries, not only is this a great option to re-skill if you are looking for a career change, it can provide people with a sense of job security – especially important after the past couple of years.”

CHANGE ON THE CARDS: A Careermap survey found that 65 per cent of adults want to switch careers (Credit: Thomas Carter, Canva)

Careermap, the conductor of the survey, is one of the UK’s leading websites in offering expert guidance for people looking for apprenticeships, university degrees, graduate schemes, adult learner courses and jobs.

Bowen Saurma-Jeltsch, 20, who is a prototype mechanic as part of the Ford Motors apprenticeship, said: “I joined as an apprentice four years ago with the intention of earning a salary, getting work experience and a good education.

“Although there isn’t a right or wrong (when choosing a career), I believe that an apprenticeship can excel a person beyond the traditional degree route.

“Being able to get paid, not pay for a degree and build experience in an industry is very attractive and could lead to quicker job progression.

“By going to all of the different areas available (within the business), this gave me a greater understanding into work ethics and how a large company like Ford interconnects.

“I don’t think you can put a value on the experience you get from being able to learn a job comfortably with so many skills and study at the same time.”

For more information on career changes, including apprenticeships and graduate schemes, visit: www.careermap.co.uk

Leicester City Council granted over £600,000 to improve the safety of parks and streets

by Abigail Beresford

A massive budget of more than £600,000 has been granted to the Leicester City Council by the government to improve the safety of the streets and parks in Leicester.

The announcement came on Friday last week (NOV19), with the funding aimed at making women feel safer walking the streets.

The money is set to be spent on increasing CCTV surveillance, providing police to patrol the parks at night, and educating the community on how to report inappropriate behaviour.

“This funding is fantastic news for our communities and will not only deter crime and violence, but it will also give women additional confidence when enjoying our public spaces and parks, especially when alone,” said Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner, Rupert Matthews in a statement released recently. 

“Improving CCTV coverage and increasing police visibility around key areas of the city will go some way to making women feel safer and increasing the support available should they require help quickly.”

Parks set to see the improvements include Bede Park, Western Park, Aylestone Meadows, Victoria Park, Knighton Park, Rally Park, and Abbey Park.

Funds are also set to go towards training staff in pubs, restaurants, and clubs to identify harmful behaviour, and how to challenge and report incidents.

Following increasing reports of sexual assault in the Leicestershire area, there are new hopes of finding a solution to helping women feel safe walking the streets.

“Hearing this news gives me a bit of hope. I’ve had an awful experience walking through one of the parks not only at night but in the day, too,” said a 19-year-old student, who chose to remain nameless.

“It’s awful after a night-out. Ubers get expensive at times when clubs close on weekends, and I have no option but to spend extortionate amounts to get home. I can’t bring myself to walk through the park again.”

Helplines:

Rape Crisis 0808 802 9999

Victim Support 0808 168 9111

The Survivors Trust 0808 801 0818

Is Brendan Rodgers coming to the end of his Leicester City tenure?

By Luke Williamson

Brendan Rodgers’ future at Leicester City Football Club has come under question, following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

Rodgers took over from Claude Puel at the King Power Stadium in February 2019 and took the Foxes back into European football in his first full season in charge.

This season has been a struggle with The Foxes floundering in 12th place in the Premier League – compared to third after 12 games of the last campaign and second at the same stage a season before.

DOWNWARD SPIRAL: Comparison of Leicester City’s form this season compared to the previous two. PICTURE. Luke Williamson using Microsoft Excel

City are underperforming in a number of categories – winning four fewer games meaning the Foxes have picked up nine points fewer than at this stage last term, and 11 compared to two seasons prior.

Foxes fan Sam Bettany, a digital marketing graduate from UCFB, said: “Rodgers has struggled with making the next step with this group of players.

“Yes, we have had some injuries to contend with but it feels like we’re changing our system too often and it feels like our identity has been lost this season.”

Goals have been hard to come by, too, with the usually potent strike force only finding the net 16 times so far this season, compared with 24 last season and 29 the one before that, with the style of play again the root of the concern for supporters.

Rizwan Narma, another City fan, added: “Rodgers has tinkered with the team too many times.

“Why [James] Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho aren’t starting every game is absolutely beyond me, especially considering our lack of creativity and the fact that Kelechi’s goals and assists have carried us the whole of 2021.

“Rodgers has been too stubborn in his tactics and set up – when something isn’t working, he rarely changes it or leaves it too late.”

Defensively, the side has looked shaky at the back, with the loss of Wesley Fofana before the season started and new signing Jannik Vestergaard not living up to his £15 million price tag.

The side has conceded six more goals at this stage compared to last season – 15 to 21 – and considerably more than the eight they conceded after 12 games in 2019/20.

Tom Hoegger, content creator for Leicester Fan TV, added: “Zonal marking this year just has not worked at all.

“The loss of Wesley Fofana in the last pre-season game to a broken leg has been a massive loss to the defence.”

PICTURE. Luke Williamson

When Solskjaer lost his job at the helm at Old Trafford, Rodgers’ name reportedly found its way onto United’s shortlist.

Sam added: “It doesn’t surprise me, it’s only right he gets linked with a job as big as Manchester United.

“He came back into the Premier League and proved to a lot of people that he is one of the best coaches in the country.

“I think fans would be disappointed if he was to make the switch, but I don’t think he is irreplaceable because our owners are that ambitious that I would trust them to work quickly and replace Rodgers with a coach of similar quality.”

Rodgers seems to be staying at Leicester for the time-being, ahead of tonight’s Europa League game against Legia Warsaw at the King Power Stadium.