Where are they now? 9 Questions for MSC Graduate Ashleigh Carberry

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-Plymouth alumni Ashleigh Carberry who graduated in 2015. We love hearing graduate success stories!

What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology? My career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology was working 12 years in the fast food industry at Arby’s.Ashleigh C

Why did you choose to attend MSC? I choose to attend MSC because I loved the atmosphere. When I walked in, all the faculty and students made me feel welcome and a part of the family.

How did your education enhance or change your current career path? I landed a job at JCPenny’s Salon where I have continued to learn and enhance my skills.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology? Take your schooling very seriously and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take a lot of notes.

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry? Every day is different. This industry is always changing and you are constantly learning new things. I love building relationships with my clients and making them feel good.

Where has your job taken you? I have started my career and have already learned so much from my mentor, he plans to retire within the next five years and would love to see me replace him. I can just see my career going very far.

How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life? MSC helped me learn how to communicate with clients over the phone, at the front desk, and how to talk to clients professionally during a consultation.

What is your favorite memory of MSC? I have two favorite memories from MSC. My first is I have Turners Syndrome and MSC allowed me to invite the TS girls from my chapter to get mini makeovers. It made them all feel special and gave them a boost of confidence it really meant a lot to all of us. My second favorite memory is when the school did my wedding party’s hair, nails and makeup.  The students did an amazing job and I was asked all night where we had gone.  Everything turned out better than I had ever dreamed and we all looked amazing.

What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school? Client consultations are very important, and you should be doing them for every client. It is also very important to follow manufacturer’ instructions.


Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

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Minnesota School of Cosmetology hosted their first annual Spring Fashion Show recently.  The theme this year was Classic Hollywood Decades.

We set this year’s fashion show up as a reverse career fair.  Allowing for our students to create inspiration boards with their before and after photos.  We encouraged our students to have copies of their resumes available to hand out to the salons and industry professionals that would be attending the show.

After the show we give the Salons and Industry Professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations.

Our students were able to choose if they would like to participate individually or in a group.  As well as choosing the decade they would like to portray through their looks.  We encouraged students to have a few different looks for each decade, but to keep in mind time to get the looks together on the day of the show is limited. The students had been preparing for the show for weeks in advance and all their time and hard work really showed through their looks.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to come out to the shows and for the continued support you give our students daily. They wouldn’t be where they are at today without you!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the Salons and Industry Professionals that attended our Spring Fashion Show!   Thank you for supporting our students!


European Wax Center

Fantastic Sam’s


Great Clips

Hair Expressions


Marc Daniel Salon

Pro Cuts

Regis Salons

Spalon Montage


Check out all the glamourous Hollywood looks on our facebook page!

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Gives Back to Local High Schools by Educating Students About Career Opportunities


Contact: Naomi McDonald, Dir. of Communications
Phone: 651-332-8269
Mobile: 651-785-4171

Students from Humboldt High School will learn about what a career in cosmetology entails

WOODBURY, Minn. (Nov. 17, 2014) – On Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, two dozen Humboldt High School juniors and seniors will visit the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC)-Woodbury campus to learn about careers in the beauty industry.

“We think this is a great opportunity to educate local high school students about the education requirements and possible career paths within the cosmetology industry,” says Jill Hocking, campus director for Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury. “It’s also a chance to give them some extra pampering.”

This is the fourth year the campus has done an event like this. Humboldt students will receive manicures, haircuts and hairstyles from MSC students, as well as a lunch.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is part of a network of career colleges, which integrate career-focused education with applied learning to expose students to real-world working environments, while also providing them with opportunities to give back to their local communities. MSC has partnered with many local organizations to participate in community service events, such as Operation Glass Slipper, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day.

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.


The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) or Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to www.msccollege.edu.


5 Reasons Why Getting a Cosmetology Diploma is Right for You

From personal to professional, there are many reasons to get a cosmetology diploma5 Reasons Why Getting a Cosmetology Diploma is Right for You

If you want to work in a fun environment, love staying current on the latest trends in beauty, and have a passion for helping people look and feel their best, getting a cosmetology diploma is a great first step.

Still worried that it may not be right for you? Fear not! Read on to find out why getting a cosmetology diploma is an awesome pathway toward a fulfilling career.

You love it!

The old saying is true: If you love what you do, you never have to work.

Salon time can be super fun: hanging with your girlfriends, getting ready for prom or a wedding, or just relaxing and receiving a skin treatment. If you enjoy your time at the salon, why not be a part of it?

But you can’t go from cutting your niece’s hair to raking in tips at your own chair in a salon. You need training. And that’s where the cosmetology diploma comes in.

A good cosmetology school will teach you how to cut, color and style hair, provide spa treatments and apply facials, and give manicures and pedicures. Those in the beauty industry can find enjoyment in their work as they help people feel good inside and out, but they need proper schooling first.

You’ll learn things beyond beauty

Sure, going to cosmetology school will help you learn the latest industry trends and how to translate those looks to your customers.

However, you’ll also learn about the business side of the industry: tracking your sales and productivity, how many guests you retain, interpersonal relations, customer service and other behind-the-scenes aspects of the field. These are the kinds of skills you’ll be able to apply to nearly any industry.

Some schools also utilize technology, such as iPads, in the classroom, giving you the chance to use the latest programs and applications as you learn cosmetology.

It’s a growing industry

You don’t want to be stuck with a diploma and find yourself without any job prospects after you graduate.

That’s what makes the field so intriguing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13 percent growth rate for barbers, hairdressers and 5 Reasons Why Getting a Cosmetology Diploma is Right for Youcosmetologists through 2022. The demand for special hair services has increased in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the next decade, according to the BLS.

There will be future openings as people retire or leave the profession for other gigs, and you can find salons in every area of the country. Many in the profession are also self-employed, which would let you set your own schedule.

There are many other career options

If you’re fascinated by the beauty industry but don’t see yourself working at a chair all day, there are other options you might not even be aware of. With the right education and experience, there are unique paths you can take in your career as a cosmetologist.

Let’s take a quick look at a few:


Industry publications and the companies that make beauty products need people who know about cosmetology and can write in an entertaining and informative way.

Sales rep

If you like meeting new people and are passionate about a particular line, being a sales rep might make sense. You’ll showcase products at trade shows and events, or going to salons and spas and demonstrate their benefits.

Sales consultant

In this role, you works for companies that want their lines sold at salons and spas. With your schooling and expertise, you’ll know what beauticians are looking for and be able to tell people why they should sell a certain product at their location.

Brand ambassador

At conferences and other events, you’ll be interacting directly with potential customers, giving out samples and generating excitement about beauty products.

These are just of the few opportunities you can find outside the traditional salon setting. 

Do you want to own a salon?

If so, you’ll want an education in cosmetology. Many of those with experience in the beauty profession go on to open up their own salons.

If you’ve been working at a salon for a few years, you may come up with ideas for you own unique location. It can be thrilling and rewarding to be in charge and make the big decisions.

In this case, you should also consider whether getting a degree in business makes sense. There are schools that have specialized management programs related to the salon/spa industry. 

As you can see, no matter what you want to do with your career, there are plenty of reasons to get that cosmetology diploma. Start today!

A Day in the Life: 5 Cosmetology Gigs You Never Would Have Expected

Within a traditional salon/spa setting, there are plenty of jobs available, from hair and makeup to nails and skin care.

But with the right education and experience, there are unique paths you can take in your career as a cosmetologist. You’ll still work in a fun industry—you’ll just use your knowledge of beautification in different ways.

Here are five careers in the cosmetology field you may not have even known existed.


You know how to make people look and feel great. Can you tell others how it works?

Industry publications and beauty-product manufacturers themselves need people who know about cosmetology and can write in an entertaining and informative way. Your time in school or on the job may have given you the insider knowledge these employers are looking for.

L’Oreal Paris, for example, has sections of its website dedicated to various aspects of beauty, while Allure has its own beauty writer. Who better to write these types of things than someone with an education and background in cosmetology?

If you don’t know where to start, try firing up your own beauty blog. It will help you:

  •        Build a knowledge of the industry
  •        Learn about the latest trends
  •        Practice your writing
  •        Develop a portfolio
  •        Make connections
  •        Advance your technical and social media skills

Writing about cosmetology also gives you access to the coolest products and trends.

Also, making your own YouTube videos can be super popular and turn lucrative.

Sales rep for beauty supply company

If you like meeting new people and are passionate about a particular line, maybe being a sales representative for a beauty supply company is a good career for you.

The work can take many forms, including showcasing the products at trade shows and promotional events or going to salons and spas and demonstrating the benefits of the products and how they’re used.

Many employers want candidates who have previously worked as a cosmetologist or in some position in the beauty industry, according to Education Portal. Moving forward with your education could also put you in a great position to get hired.

There are similar jobs you get at department stores, working in the beauty department and showing off features of a particular line to customers.

Bonus: You’ll probably get a ton of discounts!

Salon sales consultant

A salon sales consultant works for companies who want their lines sold at salons and spas.

With your schooling and expertise in cosmetology, you’ll know what those in the industry are looking for in a product and be able to tell people why they should display it at their location.

If you have a passion for the beauty industry and love learning about hot new merchandise, being a salon sales consultant could be right up your alley. In this job, you’ll get to travel in your territory, meet new people and talk about consumers’ favorite products.

You can also focus on a particular aspect of the world of beauty—hair, nails, skin, etc.—and find the best fit for your interests.

Brand ambassador

Brand ambassadors work to promote a product at salons and spas, as well as trade conferences and events.

In this role, you’ll be interacting directly with potential customers, giving out samples and generating excitement about beauty products. It’s your job to be professional yet fun and engaging, and represent the brand and educate people about why they should use it.

This is where your cosmetology background is a major plus. You’ll need to know how a potential customer would use the line—taking into account their hair type, skin tone and other factors—and be able to pitch the line with those things in mind.

If you’re outgoing and thoughtful and good at talking to people, being a brand ambassador might be a great fit.

Cosmetology instructor

This is where it all comes full circle.

If you simply love learning about the beauty industry—how to cut, style and color hair, give manis and pedis, conduct spa treatments and do facials—maybe you would also enjoy teaching others!

You will likely need to continue your education to get one of these positions, but it can be extremely rewarding to see people develop their talents and take what they’ve learned and apply it outside the classroom.

Remember your time in beauty school and how fun it was? You can shape the next generation of cosmetologists and help them achieve their dreams.


5 Trendy Industries That Hire Cosmetologists

If you’re thinking about getting formal training for the beauty industry, you might assume that working in a salon/spa is your only career option after Trendy Industries That Hire Cosmetologists, Beauty Schoolgraduation.

Yet there are numerous places where you can utilize your creativity and passion for cosmetology—and still be part of the latest trends that help people feel and look good.

Sure, salons can be pretty darn trendy, but they aren’t the only place where you can keep up with, and help develop, the latest and greatest in the profession. Check out these five hip spots where you can take your skills and apply them to a rewarding career.

Entertainment Industry

You can bet Lady Gaga doesn’t look like that before she goes on stage. The woman playing Cinderella at Disneyland? She didn’t look like a princess before she came to work.

The entertainment industry is one place where you can find work as a cosmetologist. Celebrities, musicians and even cheerleaders and dance teams at professional sports arenas need someone to do their hair, nails and makeup.

You should know that cosmetology jobs in this area are highly sought after, and more lucrative, so you’ll need experience and connections—and be prepared to utilize your personal and professional networks.

Getting a job in the entertainment industry can be super fun and put you on the “inside” of the coolest trends in cosmetology.

TV, Movies, Theater

Before the cameras roll or the curtain goes up, someone has to make sure the talent looks good. Cosmetologists can often find work in television, films and the stage.

Of course, the work differs depending on where you’re working. Makeup for a TV anchor will need to be more understated. The hair for actors performing in a movie set in Victorian England will be completely different from what you’d do at your chair in a salon.

Your talents will have to be versatile and you may need to communicate with production designers to give the performer the right look. For films and plays, you will be able to use your education and experience to help define the characters and what they represent.

With a cosmetology career in TV, movies or the theater, you’ll be able to put your creativity into practice and be on the forefront of cultural trends.

Fashion Industry

Hair, makeup, skin, nails… They all need to be just so before a photo shoot takes place.

While the clothes are the real star of the fashion industry, cosmetologists are needed to ensure the models not only look good, but also reflect the tone of Trendy Industries That Hire Cosmetologiststhe clothing and the designer’s theme.

Remember, too, that people who are interested in fashion are also looking for new trends in hair and makeup. You’ll need creativity, the ability to take risks and an eye for new styles to excel as a cosmetologist in fashion.

Beauty Product Manufacturers

If you have a passion for a particular line, working as a representative for a beauty product manufacturer could be the right job for you.

These companies want people who know the ins and outs of the field and are enthusiastic about the beauty industry. This is a job that may require you to travel and teach fellow cosmetologists about new products and how to best use them.

Being part of a company that creates new items puts you on the front line of the latest trends—and you’ll be able to see how the products are received by those in the industry.

Hotels, Resorts, Cruise Ships

High-end resorts and hotels often have their own salon/spas, as do many cruise ships. How cool would it be to work in an exotic locale or aboard a giant boat making its way around the Caribbean!

At these places, you won’t have to worry as much about building up your client base, but you will have to be a good communicator. It’s unlikely someone will sit down and ask for “the usual.” You’ll need to be able to listen and correctly interpret what your client is asking for.

Depending on where you work, you could also have the chance to meet people from across the world, or those who are traveling and simply want to spruce up their look. That exposure may give you insights about trends developing in different parts of the nation or globe.

Careers in Cosmetology

Whether you want to cut, color and style hair, do manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments or perform skin-care techniques, there are plenty of options available to you.

As you mull potential jobs in the field, think about your interests, education and where you want your career to go. Cosmetology offers a wide range of possibilities.

Cosmetology Career Prep: Students Give Manicures to Seniors

Students provide manicures to senior citizens at Woodbury Senior Living

Minnesota School of Cosmetology students and their instructor shared their cosmetology skills and passion for giving back by volunteering to give manicures for the residents of the Woodbury Senior Living Health Care Center. While lifting the spirits of the residents, the students also received hands-on experience to prepare them for their future careers in the salon industry.

According to the Woodbury Senior Living website, Woodbury Health Care Center offers residents advanced care in a comfortable setting. Many of these residents need round-the-clock assistance and medical attention. MSC students were able to provide a wellness-focused service to these clients while engaging with them in friendly, cross-generational conversation.

Kathy Dunleavy, campus director of Community Life/Recreation Therapy Services, praised the Minnesota School of Cosmetology volunteers. She said, “[The students] did great. You all were professional and so kind to our residents. You were super organized. We thank you for your service.”

MSC student Cori Colling thoroughly enjoyed the experience, explaining, “It pleased me to be able to go [to Woodbury Senior Living] and give the seniors manicures. They were so wonderful and really seemed to enjoy their time with us.”

MSC instructor Tiffany Morvari was inspired by the event. She said, “Bringing our students to the Woodbury Senior Living facility was an uplifting experience for all involved. The students were able to connect with an older generation and make them feel good about themselves. The residents enjoyed receiving the hand and arm massage as well as choosing fun colors for their nails.”

This outstanding visit to Woodbury Senior Living was one of many that MSC students make. The students genuinely enjoy engaging with the elderly residents while also improving their cosmetology career skills.