Written by Mindy Meyer, 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-Woodbury alumni Brooke Reardon who graduated in 2012 and works at Regis Salon. We love hearing graduate success stories!
Describe your career path before graduation from MSC?
I was in my senior year of high school when I decided to attend MSC. I had been accepted to a few different colleges but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I guess you could say cosmetology chose me!
Why did you choose to attend MSC?
I chose MSC because of the people that I met while I was touring. My admissions representative and the instructors seemed like great people with an excitement and passion for the industry. It was also a smaller campus, so the training was more individualized than other schools. MSC was also one of the more affordable schools I was looking at.
How did your education enhance or change your current career path?
MSC taught me the basic knowledge I needed to know before I got out into the field. The instructors really “hammered home” color theory for me, which I am extremely grateful for. Knowledge is key. The more knowledge you possess, the more you can rightfully raise your prices in the salon. You have to be able to grow your skills along with the industry.
What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?
Ask to go and observe for a day. When I was considering cosmetology school, I asked to sit in on a class that was being held. That class made my decision pretty simple. A good way to learn something is to just jump right in and experience it! You have to be willing to go with the flow and learn on the fly in this business.
What do you enjoy most about the cosmetology industry?
What I enjoy most in this business are the people I get to work with, both stylists and clients alike. There isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not laughing or smiling because of the people that have been brought into my life. Not only am I changing their life with a new style or color, but sometimes they’re changing mine. I also enjoy not doing the same thing every day. There’s always a new client, a new cut or a new color formulation. Each day brings a new and exciting challenge. I love my career more and more as time passes!