Caitlin is loving her change in career direction

A Telford student’s change of career direction has given her a whole new taste for competition.

Caitlin Steventon, 18, from Hadley, is on a hairdressing course at Telford College after deciding to change her direction of study last year.

“I love my course,” she said. “I’m glad I picked it and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. It is hard work and takes a lot of practice, but overall the outcome is amazing and so rewarding.

“I’ve learnt that I can do more, and this year I did a hairdressing competition for concept hair which was the best thing I ever did – it was so encouraging that I’m also planning on entering next year and would recommend it to other new hairdressers.

“I love getting to know my classmates and seeing the clients’ faces after they have had their treatment. The clients are a reward in itself – seeing how happy they are afterwards is what makes me try harder and do better.”

Caitlin is hoping to progress to a level three hairdressing course to gain even more skills and knowledge.

“I’ve gained more confidence in myself and my work while doing this course. I started a different course last year but realised half way through that it wasn’t for me.

“I didn’t think I would find what I wanted to do, but then I did a taster session in hairdressing and loved it, so thought I would give it a go and it is by far the best decision I ever made.

Caitlin Steventon, right, with her model during the Midlands heats of the Concept Hair Apprentice/Student of the Year competition, organised by Concept Hair magazine

“My advice to anyone choosing a course is to make sure that it’s right for you – and find something that makes you, you! Talk to your tutors, who will help.

“Don’t worry if you don’t get your course right the first time, as there are lots of people who are happy to support you; the college is there to give you guidance.

“I love my hairdressing course – it may have taken me a while to figure out that it’s what I wanted to do, but I’m glad I did!”


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