Are you looking forward to the New Year? As 2015 begins, many of us will look back and examine where we are and where we want to be. The start of the New Year is a great time to make changes to better your life. What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015?
Most resolutions are about making life improvements. They may relate to health, self-improvement, family or career. As you can see from this list, two of the most popular resolutions relate to education and career.
Fortunately, these two things often go hand-in-hand. If you want a better job, you often need to increase your job skills, usually requiring some type of training or education. If these improvements are on your list, we have some tips for you.
If you are looking for a better job, start with some research to find a job that fits your career goals and the lifestyle you want to have.
Cosmetology is a growing career field that includes hairdressers, hairstylists, barbers and cosmetologists. These jobs provide beauty services for hair, nail and skin. The demand for licensed cosmetologists is strong and the training needed to get into this career can take less than 12 months.
If you’re looking for a rewarding career that combines creativity, new trends and fashion along with working with people, cosmetology may be the career for you. Check out this quiz to see if cosmetology is a good fit for you.
Would you rather work for yourself or for someone else? What kind of flexibility are you looking for in a job? Do you want to set your own schedule and control your income?
A career in cosmetology offers many advantages.
- Flexibility – You choose how many hours you want to work and on what days. You can work for a salon, rent a space in a salon or open your own business. If you are working for yourself, you can set your own rates for your services.
- Income – You choose how much you make by how much you work. You can increase your income by increasing your hours. You can also earn commissions by selling hair and skin care products.
- Social – You will be meeting new people and gaining clients. You will increase your social circle.
- Creative – Hairstyles and fashion are always changing. You can become a go-to person for your clients on what is the hottest new look in hair, makeup and fashion.
- Activity – Cosmetology is not a desk job. You will be on your feet and moving, you’ll never be bored.
- Specialize – You can specialize in hair, nail or skin care. You can also choose to specialize in certain types of treatments within these areas such as hair color or specialty manicures.
Now that you have chosen a career path, you need to find out what kind of training is needed to get into the field and be successful.
While different states have slightly different rules, all states require a cosmetology license. An accredited program will ensure you have all the classes needed as well as hands-on training and preparation for the exam. Most cosmetology schools take between nine and fifteen months to complete. States require between 1,000 and 2,300 training hours with most requiring around 1,600.
You’ll get lots of hands-on practice in your program and learn about human anatomy and chemistry as well as how to wash, cut and style hair. Advanced techniques may also be offered, helping you to specialize in an area if you choose.
All states require graduates to get the training hours and then pass a licensing exam. Exams include a written part and practical testing in skin care, makeup application and hair care.
Finding a job
Going through the effort of the program pays off when you graduate and get a job. Some schools offer placement assistance and have created relationships with employers. Take the time to network with instructors and employers in your area to help you find the perfect position.
If fashion and style interest you, consider a career in cosmetology. This growing career field holds lots of potential for those willing to put in the effort. Here’s to a fabulous 2015!