Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Cosmetology Program

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Considering enrolling in a cosmetology program? There are many different career options to consider along with education requirements and certifications. Maybe you’re familiar with products and techniques but want to find a program that will help you use those skills as a cosmetologist.

There are opportunities in all areas of cosmetology that would be fulfilling career options. Some are traditional, others are out of the box. There are career choices that are mainstream and ones that are more niche. Choosing the right cosmetology program for you means knowing what you want and what you can give to it. A good way to figure those things out is to ask yourself these questions.

Question #1: What are My Talents and Passions?

It makes sense that if you enjoy what you are learning about, you are more likely to stick with it. Likewise, your cosmetology skills will be amplified in a career that is exciting and fulfilling. When you are considering a cosmetology program you should take a moment to look at your areas of experience along with your natural gifts.

There are more career choices in beauty and cosmetology than you might think. You could have a career in the fields of hairstyling, nail artwork, esthetician services, or salon management. There are even more specific specialties within each of those career fields, so take your time when looking into your options. You want to do your research to pick the cosmetology program that correlates with your specific goals and strengths.

Cosmetology and Interpersonal Skills

It is also important to ask yourself if you have strong people skills. Being socially talented is beneficial when it comes to work in cosmetology. You will be working with other people no matter what specialized field you decide to explore, even if they aren’t your clients. It’s important that you work and communicate with others well regardless of what cosmetology program you decide on.

Follow-Up Questions:

  • What are the cosmetic, beauty, or wellness talents that you feel the most inspired by?
  • Are there any skills or areas you’re are exceptionally confident in?
  • Have you completed any other programs or attained any certifications that might be beneficial to your new career goals?

Question #2: What are My Ultimate Career Goals?

As with most career paths, it is likely that you will work your way up to where you want to be. However, knowing where you’d like to end up and what your personal definition of success is will help you identify the most efficient and effective program choices. Be certain you are going to get a thorough education in all the areas necessary for long-term success. That may include knowing about the business side of beauty.

Defining Success

There are many ways to achieve success. It’s a matter of knowing what success looks like to you. Working for yourself gives you the advantage of being in control and in charge of every aspect of your career. It can also be a lot of pressure. Being employed by a salon or spa provides a certain level of stability and access to more equipment and products than you might have on your own. Working for an employer can also take a lot of your personal choices and preferences out of consideration. It all depends on your personality type, your resources and your commitment level.

Follow-Up Questions:

  • Do you think you would prefer being an entrepreneur, or an employee of a salon?
  • Do you plan on having a performance based, or education-based career?
  • What kind of space, equipment and products will you need to achieve your long-term career ambitions?
  • Can you see yourself traveling to and working out of your client’s homes?

Question #3: Am I Ready to Create a Plan for Success?

You deserve to have the cosmetology career of your dreams. This means setting aside time and energy to educate yourself in your area of expertise. Life can be challenging and the demands of daily life can be a lot to handle. It can seem like you will never have the resources to complete the courses you need to get started.

You may never find the “perfect” time to enter an education program. Being busy is inevitable these days. Make sure you are in a good place mentally and physically when you begin a new cosmetology career. Over extending yourself can lead to burn out and frustration. A certain level of stress comes when you work for anything in life. You can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Achieving success takes commitment and dedication. When you begin your cosmetology education be prepared to give yourself the very best, because you deserve nothing less.

Follow-Up Questions:

  • What level of dedication do you think is reasonable to expect of yourself?
  • How many hours a week do you have available?
  • Is there anything that you are prioritizing over your career goals?

Question #4: What Kind of Cosmetology Program Will Fit Best?

After considering the demands you can currently manage, it is time to map your path into cosmetology. You should look at what kind of programs are available to you, so you know what kind of options you’re working with. Look at the kind of classes and courses you can choose from, but also investigate which schedule options would fit best with your lifestyle and current commitments.

Starting a new career and taking classes for cosmetology can be a big change. The less you must change about the rest of your life, the more you will be able to concentrate on your study schedule. However, don’t be afraid to make your dreams a priority by making changes and balancing your personal schedule in a way that prioritizes what you want.

Follow-Up Questions:

  • What is the duration of each of the cosmetology programs you are considering?
  • Are you willing to travel to find a cosmetology program that fits your goals?
  • Are your career goals as a priority?


Many people would benefit from your talents and your gifts. Your passion and excitement could be what inspires them to feel confident and pursue their own ambitions. Starting a career in cosmetology will require training and dedication, but what waits is a career that is fulfilling and a life you can be enthusiastic about. You must ask yourself the right questions to figure out how to get what you want.

Want to Learn More?

Did learning about the questions to ask before choosing a cosmetology program interest you? Ready to lay a foundation that will open up unique opportunities in cosmetology and hairstyling? Need to get your undergraduate certificate in cosmetology first? At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our Cosmetology program students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques. You will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure you get the individualized instruction you need and attention you deserve. You will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology diploma from a respected college.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

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