Written by Jeff Bishop, career services coordinator
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 Dominique Beard who graduated in 2013. We love hearing graduate success stories!
Why did you choose MSC?
I chose MSC because I liked the versatility in the program, which was something I didn’t feel like I found in other schools. The educators have a wide range of knowledge and experience, and the environment was always very welcoming. As far as scheduling goes, there were multiple options that allowed me to complete the program in a timely manner and have a life outside of school. I was able to work part time and have time to spend with friends and family.
How did your education enhance your career path or change your career path?
My education enhanced my career path by giving me a foundation as a new stylist in a modern salon. I felt that after graduating I was able to adapt to different salon settings, which helped me find the best fit for me. The leadership team gave me realistic expectations of what working in the field would be like. For example, catering to certain types of clientele, different type of employment and job opportunities, and where your career could take you over time.
What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?
I would tell students to consider all of their options, and to base your decisions from things that will benefit you, and where you would like to go in your career. I would say not to just live in the now, think about where you would like to see yourself within the next couple of years and have a vision. There are so many opportunities in the beauty industry—don’t settle for anything less than what you want. MSC definitely made me feel like part of a family and they want all of their students to be and feel fully prepared when they step out into their salons.
What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?
As a stylist, I most enjoy getting to know my team and my guests. I draw my inspiration from people and things that surround me. I also enjoy learning things from the more experienced artists on my team. There are so many tips and tricks that you can learn from others, and it’s about finding different things and putting my own twist on them! I also love changing trends, and taking continuing education to stay current!
Where has your job taken you?
After graduating, I began working as a stylist at Juut Salonspa. In this time, I have completed the required advanced training program. Post training program, I was placed as a full-time stylist at the Juut St. Paul, one of seven locations. In my time working for this company, they have molded me into being a well-rounded stylist. They have pushed me to build a loyal clientele. I also learned to analyze different areas of my business, which has really allowed me to grow and expand out of my box. I was first introduced to this salon when I saw them at the MSC career fair. I never would have imagined myself working in an Aveda Concept Salon, but I’m grateful that my training from MSC gave me options.
What is your favorite memory of MSC?
My favorite memories from MSC were the potlucks. Whenever someone completed the program, we all got together had a big potluck! I always thought it was just so nice that we could all come together and celebrate and support each other!
What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school?
The education at MSC is great because they strive to produce well trained students. I think the most valuable information that I took away would be handling the business side of things. Along with having great technical skills, I really appreciated learning about all the behind the scenes, such as tracking your sales, productivity, how many guests are you retaining, and what areas you are lacking in. If you ever wanted to run your own business, or manage/own a salon, these things are equally important.