When Terri Edwards was made redundant from a job in retail management, it was the perfect opportunity to change direction and pursue the career of her dreams.
The 42-year-old, from Madeley, signed onto a fast-track level two hairdressing course at Telford College, and says she has loved every minute of it.
She has already earned recognition from reigning British Hairdresser of the Year, Robert Eaton, for her hard work and dedication.
And she is not letting the current lockdown get in the way of her studies.
Since the coronavirus restrictions were put in place, Terri has completed a colouring assignment, and achieved 100% in an online Barbicide assessment.
“I’ve wanted to get into hairdressing all my life,” she explained.
“I did business at college and then went straight into my retail career, but a few years ago I was made redundant. So I decided it was time to follow the career of my dreams.
“I’m currently at college two days per week and I also have a part-time job. I’ve managed to balance my family, college and work commitments and I’m really enjoying it.
She added: “I love my course – my tutors are brilliant and the best part has been taking part in the hairdressing competition in Leicester; we met lots of people and the whole day was very exciting.
“I helped my classmates create costumes for their models and it bought us all together as a group, which I loved.
“If anyone’s considering a career in hairdressing but thinks it’s too late, it’s not.
“Visit the college, go to an open event and enrol on the next course. There are a few adults on my course who are changing career directions and it works perfectly.
Kerrie Treharne, Telford College hairdressing tutor, described Terri as a ‘dream student’.
“She is inspirational to me and the group. Her thought pattern for hairdressing and being part of the team is always very positive.
“I’m particularly proud of Terri, who has won special recognition from Robert Eaton, the 2019 British Hairdresser of the Year, for her hard work and commitment.
“While we are in lockdown, I’m keeping in touch with students and sending links to tasks which will keep them motivated, and test their skills, and Terri has thrown herself into it all with her usual enthusiasm.”