2nd March 2022
We caught up with former Level 3 Hairdressing learner Gabi Hill, 34, to see what she's doing now and find out more about how studying hairdressing at NSCG has changed her life.
Q. How did you do at school? Did you enjoy it? How many GCSEs?
A. I loved school. I'm dyslexic so I struggled with writing, but I always loved learning and still do. I achieved all of my GCSEs and went onto study A Levels and a BTEC in Dance in Sheffield. After college, I chose to study a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at Coventry University
Q. Why did you choose to return to education and study at NSCG?
A. After university, I decided to train as a Barber and studied the Level 2 Barbering course at Leek College. I worked as a Barber for 11 years and I also signed up for a number of training courses for bridal hair, so I have had a passion and love for the industry for many years. I decided to study Level 2 and then Level 3 Hairdressing at Stafford College as I wanted to expand my knowledge in hairdressing as women's hairdressing seemed like the next step for me in my career. My goal was to expand my business as a self-employed stylist.
Q. How has this course enhanced your career prospects?
A. Studying at NSCG has really changed my career path and has given me the best opportunities for myself and my family. I'm a mum to two young children and I have been able to take control of my work-life balance. I feel that by having the confidence to go back to college to expand my knowledge and skills, I can be selective on the different jobs and career paths I can take.
Q. What are you doing now?
A. Luckily, I have had the space and time to convert the back of my garage into a home salon, which has given me the flexibility to provide a professional service, but also to be there for my family.
Q. What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?
A. Taking the leap into being self-employed has been my biggest challenge and to build my confidence in terms of promoting myself and shouting about my expertise and my business to grow my client base.
Q. What would you say to other people in your situation, who are considering a career in hairdressing?
A. I really loved both the Level 2 and Level 3 courses and I would highly recommend both of these courses. I really enjoyed the practical side of the course as it gave me a real confidence boost so don't be afraid to work through the course levels. I found that it's really important to gain hands-on course experience so try and get as much salon experience as you can. All of the tutors at NSCG have worked in the industry so tap into their invaluable knowledge if you need any advice.
Find out more about our Hairdressing courses at Stafford College here.