"I've always wanted to be a hairdresser," Season says. 

With encouragement from her parents and school, Season started the Gateway programme in hairdressing. The Gateway programme gives secondary school students' experience in the hairdressing industry, and helps them decide if a career in hairdressing is really right for them. Season's Gateway work placement salon offered her an apprenticeship, and she jumped at the chance.

"I've always liked beauty and hair, and I enjoy making people feel good about themselves," Season says. "I used to watch Trinny and Susanna all the time - they were my inspiration".

"My friends always thought I looked and acted like a hairdresser," Season says. "They were a bit gutted that I got to experience the real world while they were still stuck at school though". 

If you're thinking about a career in hairdressing, Season advises to "try it out first".

"Do the Gateway programme and get a taste of what's involved before you commit," Season says. "It's completely different than what you expect, and it's not right for everyone". 

Season is loving her apprenticeship so far. If she could go back and tell her past self anything, it would be "stick it out."

"Everything has worked out pretty well - you made the right career choice".

"My next major goal is to get qualified," Season says. "There are so many things I could do in the future - own a salon, work for different people, even do famous peoples' hair. I'd also like to help hairdressing charities in other countries and give back to the industry. That's the best thing about hairdressing - every day you think of something rewarding you can do". 

"My apprenticeship has been everything I wanted and more".

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