If you’ve enrolled at Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC), you might have a few days or a few weeks before your first day.
Either way, there are plenty of things you can do to better prepare yourself for success.
Here, we’ll run down a few opportunities you have to get ready for cosmetology school and hit the ground running!
Research the Industry
Before you get started at MSC, it makes sense to do some industry research.
Check out fashion magazines for the latest trends. Read up on hair, nail and skin techniques. Search for beauty blogs on the internet. “Like” your favorite industry magazines on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Check out the MSC blog.
Research can give you a leg up before you even begin your classes, so that you will feel more prepared for your coursework. This simple step can give you a better grasp of the beauty industry.
Hit the Salon
Speaking of salons, the next time you go in for a manicure, a haircut or a facial treatment, keep a close eye on how they do things. You might be able to pick up on tips that will help you during your time at MSC.
In addition to seeing how they cut, color and style hair, perform manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments such as facials, you should take note of the atmosphere and how they treat their customers. The work of a cosmetologist involves more than the beauty techniques themselves—it’s also about customer service and creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
You are probably planning to hit the salon anyway. Make it a productive trip while you’re at it.
Talk to Friends
Your friends can be a great resource for what’s trendy in the world of beauty today.
They can also share with you why they stick with their stylist, go to a certain salon or opt for a professional manicure twice a month.
Maybe you can practice on your friends and find out your strengths and weaknesses before you begin your formal training.
You are passionate about cosmetology, so it’s probably something you’re thinking about often. Bounce ideas off your friends and try to broaden your knowledge base (and maybe even pick up future customers).
Research Career Possibilities
Graduation might be a ways away, but you can begin looking into your career possibilities today.
Look for openings on major career websites and chat with your stylist about the work. Another good resource is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which runs down many aspects of the cosmetology profession, including:
- What they do
- The work environment
- Job outlook
- Job growth
- Similar occupations
The more you know before you earn your diploma, the better prepared you will be once you graduate.
Check Out the City
Since you will be spending plenty of time at school, you will want to become familiar with the city.
Whether you’re attending the Woodbury or Plymouth campus, you should take some time to check out the restaurants, stores and attractions in town. You might want to find a quiet coffee shop where you can study, or figure out a good place to shop after class.
Another benefit of looking around town is figuring out the best way to get to school. You might have to take the bus sometimes or find alternate routes to avoid traffic
By familiarizing yourself with the city, you’ll feel more comfortable with your surroundings and be more able to focus your attention on class.
Plan Your Work; Work Your Plan
Before you start cosmetology school, you need to make arrangements for the major parts of your life:
- Will you need daycare?
- What’s your plan for saving money?
- Do you plan on finding out if you qualify for financial aid?
- Do you have transportation?
- How will you arrange your study time?
These are big aspects of your time in cosmetology school that you will need to figure out. Once you have a plan in place, continue to refine it as the excitement for your first day at MSC builds.
If you have a handle on the big picture, the details will fall into place that much easier and you will be able to concentrate on pursuing your passion at MSC!
You have what it takes. Now it’s time to put your plan into action