Sisters Doing It for Themselves; Three Women Who Are Carving Successful Careers in Professions Dominated by Men Reveal How They Climbed Their Way to the Top

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Sisters Doing It for Themselves; Three Women Who Are Carving Successful Careers in Professions Dominated by Men Reveal How They Climbed Their Way to the Top


FAYE GIBB, GARDEN DESIGNER

GREEN-fingered Faye was all set for a career in marketing when she started to renovate her Edinburgh garden.

The 39-year-old enjoyed it so much she studied horticulture at college and launched her own garden design business.

The job: I set up my own Edinburgh-based firm 2G Gardens in June this year.

How I did it: I did a degree in media studies and English at Glasgow University and got a diploma in marketing before working in senior marketing roles for Bank of Scotland and McGregors Solicitors.

spent a lot of time renovating my garden using my own ideas and helped friends with theirs, so I decided to launch a domestic, bespoke garden design business and enrolled at Oatridge College.

It was a one-year national certificate in horticulture and garden design. Half the course waspractical and half theory. set up the business while I was at college and work snowballed.

Perks: love working outdoors. It's a great way to make a living.

Five-year plan: I'd love to build up my design work but want to keep it a very personal service.

Tips: You need to be hardy to work in this business, especially at this time of year. I've no regrets about giving up my well-paid marketing job. I'm never going to have clean fingernails again but I can't think of a more rewarding job

CHRISTINE MUNRO, JOCKEY

CHRISTINE has been showing horses since the age of three.

But the 18-year-old, from the island of Ulva, off Mull, which has a population of just 14, now leads them on furious sprints to the finish line.

The job: I'm an apprentice jockey and have done a level three qualification in racing horse management.

How I did it: My mum breeds Welsh horses and I've been showing them since was three.

I've wanted to be a jockey since I was 13 when I saw the film Champion, about jockey Bob Champion who recovered from cancer to win the 1981 Grand National.

A year ago, I was planning to go to Doncaster Racing School but I found out about Oatridge College. I did a two-part course consisting of 12 weeks each.

Racing is a different discipline to showing. was quite nervous to begin with. We started off getting used to taking them on gallops and the tutors were really good if we were struggling.

When left college in January this year started doing work experience with Lucinda Russell at her stables in Milnathort and she offered me a job. We have 12 people working here, four of whom are apprentices.

run seven miles a day and cycle when I'm not running to keep in shape. …

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