You’re probably getting excited to begin your time at Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC). It’s a big step in your journey toward a career in the beauty industry.
Sure, you’ll learn how to cut, color and style hair, do manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and much, much more! But as you prepare for your first day at MSC, there are a few things you should know about life at cosmetology school.
1. Friends are important
A very exciting part of cosmetology school is making new friends. You’ll be working together in the salon studio, experiencing the same things and learning together.
Friendships are vital. In addition to making class more fun, your school friends can help you in a number of ways.
First off, you will have someone to study with as well as exchange technical skills with.
Second, you will develop connections that could prove valuable after graduation. Remember, networking doesn’t begin after you earn your diploma.
Networking includes your instructors, too. They have plenty of experience in the field and can become resources as you begin your job hunt.
Be sure to reach out on your first day.
2. Student discounts
Yes! As a student at MSC, you can get new hairstyles, gel nails and skin treatments for a fraction of the cost you would normally pay at a salon.
It’s a nice perk. Plus, you’ll have the chance to try out new or retro styles, see how your fellow students are learning and treat yourself to the spa experience.
3. Learn to lean on your support team
Cosmetology school is kind of a big deal. You’ll be focused on your work, and that means you might need some help elsewhere.
You have to learn to lean on your support network. That means your friends (see above), but also your family and MSC staff.
Before you begin your first day, you may need to look into daycare or find alternative ways to get to school. Reach out to people—most will be happy to help you as you work toward your diploma.
At MSC, you can count on your instructors being supportive, and if you’re having trouble in class, there are tutors available.
If you ever feel overwhelmed, remember your support team. They are there to help you reach your goals.
4. Always be preparing for your career
This is what cosmetology school is all about, right?
As you learn the techniques of the trade, you might find yourself gravitating toward one particular aspect of the cosmetology world. You can use your classes to figure out what interests you and where you see yourself after graduation.
MSC will give you plenty of chances to see what your future has in store. We often host career fairs where you’ll be able to interact with industry pros and get insider tips about the business.
As you continue your journey at MSC, you should take advantage of our career services department, which will help you with your resume, cover letters and interviewing, as well as locating job openings. These are ongoing things MSC does to assist students, even after they graduate or go through a transition period later in life.
Cosmetology school is about learning, but it’s also about preparing you for life after graduation. Keep your eyes on the prize!
5. Success: It’s up to you
At the end of the day, you’ll get out of cosmetology school what you put into it.
You should certainly take advantage of the resources available to you, and utilize your friends and family for support. But really, your success depends on you.
It’s time to focus on your training and future career. It’s time to go to class and work hard. It’s time to start a new and exciting chapter in your life.
Channel your passion for beauty into a cosmetology diploma. Let’s go!