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At the age of 46, the single mother of three boys has enrolled with
Hunter TAFE as a first year hairdressing apprentice, becoming possibly
the oldest in the entire Central Coast area.
"I thought it would be overwhelming in that environment, I
thought people were going to laugh at me," she told The Daily
Telegraph. "I was worried because nearly everyone else in the
room was 17 and they would think I was a joke. But it's been
brilliant. I don't feel out of place and we're all there to do the
In her professional working life, Fernance has held 35 different jobs
across multiple industries including sales, advertising, hospitality
and retail. And although she describes herself as a "jack of all
trades, master of none", hairdressing is something she's always
held a passion for.
She now manages Langdon Hair in Wyong while studying as a first year
apprentice. By the time she finished her course she will be 50 years young.
"It's proof it's not too late to do what you really want to
do," she said. "I can be the best hairdresser for the next
20 years instead of an average one for 40 years. And I plan to be the best."