Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field!
We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumni Allie Oliver who graduated in 2012. Allie works at Lavish Salon in Champlin, Minn. We love hearing graduate success stories!
What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology?
I went to a really small private school, and so many of the girls I knew, so many of my friends, went to cosmetology school.
I didn’t want to follow in their footsteps, so I chose to go to a university in South Dakota. To be honest, I was so unsure of what I wanted to do, but knew that a four year school was the route I would take. I figured I’d do something very broad, like business or communications so I’d have more options when I’d graduate.
I would get so bored in classes and think to myself, “How on earth does this even apply to my major?” I just stopped caring about the classes I was taking and eventually, I left the university. I took a few years to get my ducks in a row, working a few jobs here and there. I was driving down the road and saw a big sign for the new MSC in Plymouth, Minn., and figured it couldn’t hurt to get some information.
Why did you choose to attend MSC?
The admissions team and instructors really sealed the deal for me. When I had first sat down with my admissions representative, the school wasn’t even finished. But to be completely honest, I loved the idea of being a part of the first class at the Plymouth location.
Another big plus to me was the fact that credits transferred into the Minnesota School of Business if I decided to go back for salon management. I felt like that was something that no other school would be able to offer to me.
How did your education enhance or change your current career path?
I feel like my instructors really equipped me for so much more than hair or nails. Not only did they care about my haircutting technique or my ability to mix a great color, but they also really expected a certain level of professionalism out of us as students. Every day my instructors challenged me to be better or do better than I had done the day before. With each challenge, I would realize what kind of hairstylist I wanted to be, what kind of salon I wanted to work in, and the different roads my career could take me on.
What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?
If you’re even considering a career in cosmetology, sit down with an admissions representative from MSC and talk to the instructors. They are so passionate about what they’re doing. It’s more than just hair, skin, and nails; it’s relationships being built, it’s creativity, it’s exciting! And if you’re going to pursue this field, pursue it with your whole heart. Whatever you put into it is what you’ll get out. So give it everything you’ve got for that 10-12 months and you will totally be rewarded in the end!
What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?
I love that I never do the same thing twice. Each client is a new adventure. There are new techniques, colors, trends every single day! I am constantly learning something new, I am never bored! But really, at the end of the day, it’s the best when you know your client loves the way they look. You know they feel great, more confident and that you had a hand in making them feel that way.
How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life?
Because I am constantly working with clients and building a career, the biggest thing MSC taught me was to build a relationship with my clients. I have clients that come in every two weeks and some that come in every eight or nine weeks, and I am so excited to catch up with them.
What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school?
The most valuable thing that I learned while in school was that my time and my skills are worth something. If I put in the time and effort, the work that I do is definitely worth something! And having that in the back of my mind has pushed me to want to learn new techniques and take my time with a cut or a color.