Cosmetology is an ever-growing profession. There are many women and men that are starting on the path to a career in cosmetology, or that have already established a solid career in the field. Cosmetology can provide you with a lucrative, fulfilling, a fun career that will always keep you excited… if it is the right fit for you.
Cosmetology school isn’t easy. For people working towards a career in cosmetology, beauty school is a lot of fun, but it requires a lot of hard work too. So, before enrolling in beauty school and starting towards a career in cosmetology, you should first make sure that it is going to be a good fit for you.
Here are 5 questions you can ask yourself to see if beauty school is right for you:
1. Am I creative?
One good question to ask yourself before looking into beauty school is, “Am I creative?” If you answer no to this question, then beauty school may not be for you. Beauty school is a great place to develop and expand your creativity. But to be a cosmetologist, it is good to have at least a spark of creativity to start with.
2. Do I want to do hair for the rest of my life?
“Do I want to do hair for the rest of my life?” This is probably the most important question you can ask yourself when trying to figure out whether beauty school is for you or not. Ask yourself what your goals are for your life. If they are mainly centered around having freedom, being your own boss, setting your own schedule, making great money, living anywhere you want, etc, then yes cosmetology could be a great profession for you. But there are many other professions (massage, aesthetics, etc) that could also provide you with these benefits. So if your goals have nothing to do with HAIR, you may also want to consider looking into some of these other professions to see if they may be a better fit.
But if, when thinking of your goals and what you want to do with your life, if hair does come up, then beauty school could be a very good idea for you. If you picture yourself working in a salon (or out of your home), cutting hair, and chatting with your clients all day, then yes, beauty school could be a great path for you.
3. Am I a people person?
Did you hear me just say “chatting with your clients all day?” Because yes, that is a very big part of the job. If you consider yourself a people person, then a career in cosmetology could be a great idea! As a cosmetologist, you will be talking to clients all day. So if that idea makes you cringe, you may want to steer yourself in a different direction.
4. Is this the right time for me?
Once you know if beauty school is a good fit for you, you should move on to ask yourself if right now is a good time for you. Are you in a place in your life where you will be able to dedicate the time it takes to commit to beauty school? Take a look at what is going on in your life. If you have other priorities or circumstances that may make it difficult for you to commit fully to beauty school, you might want to wait. But if now seems like a good time, and if you don’t have other priorities that will get in the way, or if you could rearrange those commitments, then feel free to move on to question #5!
5. Do I have the money?
Last on the list, but certainly also important, is to ask yourself if you have the money to enroll in beauty school. You have to make sure you have the money saved up to be able to go to school. Many schools offer payment plans, but the last thing you want is to get started with your beauty school education, only to have to drop out because you can’t make the payments or you can’t afford your other expenses while in school. Make sure to consider all of these things before enrolling. Take a look at your savings, your budget, and your earning potential while you are in school, and make sure that those numbers add up. But do keep in mind that most schools have financial aid available for those who qualify, so make sure to keep that in mind and look into that option if you have the need.
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