Charlene McManus is a recent graduate of West College Scotland who is now running her own business.

Here’s her inspiring story:

I had always wanted to be a hairdresser.  My friend used to do hair and I just loved watching her. When she went to college, I decided to follow in her footsteps.

I gained an SVQ level 3 Hairdressing at West College Scotland and while I was there I worked in well-known Glasgow salons such as Rita Rusk and the Rainbow Room.

I really enjoyed my time at College. It was a great experience and I learned so many new techniques. The college course gave me a broad overview of everything and this was strengthened by industry visits and course trips to London!

I’ve now opened my own salon in Clydebank and so much of what I learned at college, I’m now able to apply to my own business. Opening the salon has been the most exciting but also the most frightening thing I have ever done! 

But the help and support I continue to get from my former lecturers at West College Scotland has been wonderful.  I’m really grateful to them for that.

I’m delighted to be able to give something back by setting up in the local area – I even employ some West College Scotland students!

A college education can be the best way to kick-start your dream. I’d recommend it to anyone.

For more information on this course click here or call 0300 600 60 60.