College News: TV hopeful aims to inspire career change

College News: TV hopeful aims to inspire career change

Phil Hunt, current star of the BBC2 TV show ‘Hair’ is spearheading a campaign to encourage people to follow their passion and train for their dream career.

Phil, age 33, had a successful career as a retail brand manager when he decided to leave and follow
his dreams into a new career as a hairdresser. He is now spearheading a ‘make it happen’ campaign at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, where enrolling on a hairdressing course has led to a host of new opportunities and a starring role in the TV series.

The programme has seen thousands of amateur hairdressers whittled down to just 10 hopefuls who will compete in tasks to show their versatility, technical skill and creativity to judges Denise McAdam
and Alain Pichon.

Phil studies hairdressing at the college’s Hammersmith campus, after returning to education last year to pursue a new career.

He explains: “I hit 32 and realised that I didn’t want to spend my life doing something that didn’t inspire me. I’ve always been passionate about hair design – I see it as an art form, and love the way structure and form can create a unique look that changes a person’s appearance within minutes.

“I was passing the college one day and decided to go in and have a look. I was very conscious of being a mature student, but meeting my lecturer, Pam made me feel at ease about going into something that was outside of my comfort zone. She had over 30 years’ experience and was passionate and inspiring – I signed up straight away.”

Phil feels so passionate about his new life that he is heading Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College’s #makeithappen recruitment campaign, which encourages people across London to be inspired to pursue their dream career, either by aiming for promotion in their current job or completely retraining.

He says: “The advice I would give for anyone frustrated, bored or unfulfilled by their current job, would be to come into the college at Ealing, Hammersmith, Acton or Southall and get a feel for the environment here. I gave up a career that was set for me and went back to basics and I’ve not stopped since. Ever since September, I’ve been on a constant high. If you have a passion for something you have to live and breathe it, everything else comes naturally with it.”

Phil appears in ‘Hair’ broadcast on BBC Two on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 10pm – the first episode saw Phil’s architectural creation praised by judges, for its “great balance,” with McAdam saying, “Everything about it, I just loved.”

Clare Caccavone, head of student engagement and experience at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, adds: “Phil sets a great example to people who are considering changing career or going that step further in their current role. As part of the #makeithappen campaign, our students of all ages are sharing their inspirational story in the hope of inspiring others to tap in to their true ambitions and make them a reality.

She adds: “There is a wealth of support available to mature students, ranging from initial careers advice, to government loans available for those aged 24 and above enrolling on a wide range of advanced courses in subjects such as accounting, business, social media, engineering, motor vehicle, hairdressing and many more.”

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