I trained in hairdressing and beauty after leaving school and moved overseas to work in Jersey Channel Islands. I gained experience working alongside top stylists in a variety of salons and progressed up to senior stylist and later Salon manager. In February 1993 I moved from jersey to the Isle of Man where I worked as a senior stylist and progressed onto managing and running a busy salon and training junior stylists. In September 1996, I studied at the Isle of Man College in Douglas for my 730/7FETC and D32-D33 assessors' award which resulted in me gaining part-time teaching in Hairdressing at this college alongside my salon work. This lead to securing a post of Vocational support lecturer at UCB and gaining teaching experience. After some time UCB agreed I was ready to complete my teacher training qualification. I completed my CERT Ed in June 2009. I carried on in my support role gaining valuable teaching experience, this then led to me securing a lecturing post in hairdressing teaching on level 2 and 3 study programmes.