Employer Spotlight: Great Clips

Great Clips has been around for 35 years, has 145 locations in the metro, 4200 across the country, and has competitive training and wages, room for advancement and management positions.

Kristin Hoogheem, Great Clips Liaison

Great Clips has been working with the Minnesota School of Cosmetology for years and they have hired many of our graduates. They also provide a school liaison named Kristin Hoogheem. She is always staying engaged with the students and graduates at all times, according to Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s Campus Director, Jill Hocking.

“She attends our graduation ceremonies and brings gifts for every graduate, she pops into campus and brings flowers at graduation clock outs, she substitutes at Minnesota School of Cosmetology as needed, they attend our fashion shows and career fairs, they bring our students additional education seminars, they offers full benefits, competitive wages and additional compensation on top of hourly wage,” said Jill.

Windy McGuire, Minnesota School of Cosmetology graduate, is currently employed at Great Clips, and shares that she couldn’t be happier with where she is in life.

“I thought I wanted focus on color at a full-service salon, but after working at Great Clips and seeing that I don’t need to find my own clientele and still I’m still able to make a lot of money, I decided that Great Clips was where I wanted to begin my career,” said Windy. “I have been completely happy and impressed with both my schooling at Minnesota School of Cosmetology and my career at Great Clips!”

Minnesota School of Cosmetology graduate, Jessica Castillo, who also works at Great Clips shares how she loved going to Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

“The teachers were very caring and did everything they could to help you be successful. All of the product knowledge we got was fantastic and I won’t forget it! Now working at Great Clips, I’m very happy. I’m making a living and wouldn’t imagine anything to be different,” said Jessica.

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Where Are They Now? 7 Questions for MSC Graduate Lindsey Moline

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-Woodbury alumni, Lindsey Moline, who graduated in 2011. We love hearing graduate success stories!

1. What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology?

Before MSC, I had a few thoughts about doing hair but never jumped in and went for it. After everyone else I knew was mostly done with their college degrees, I finally said, “Im going to do this.” I worked reception jobs at various places but never could find my “dream job” or something I enjoyed doing all day, everyday. I even tried being a stay at home wife but was so bored—until MSC! I started at MSC three years ago, and it has taken me so far since that start date.

MSC-Woodbury Alumni, Lindsey Moline

2. Why did you choose to attend MSC?

I chose MSC because they had the most all-around schooling for cosmetology. They taught you every service offered in a full service salon, with lots of hands-on experience. I didn’t want to sit behind a desk while I attended school—I wanted to do hair from day one—which is exactly what I got from MSC. I also wanted to know the business side of beauty like resume writing, personal skills, people skills, how salons work, etc.

3. How did your education enhance or change your current career path?

I am now able to say I can offer any service in a full-service salon. It has made me a well-rounded cosmetologist. They helped me write a good resume, taught me interviewing skills, and I even learned about working with others in the salon. The biggest advantage was working will all kinds of clients from all ages and personalities.

4. What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?

MSC will give you everything you need to be successful in this field, so utilize it every day. It is the most rewarding job I have ever had, and I’m not sure there are many more rewarding jobs out there. We, as cosmetologists, are one of very few professions that get to put our hands on our customers. This is a huge bonding experience for any human. It’s so very rewarding to meet people from all walks of life and give back to every one. Also, sell your retail! It will make you lots of money. And to students: take a lot of specialty theory courses, because there is so much information, and you will be so well-rounded because of it!

5. What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?

I love that every day is different. I go to the same salon, see the same girls, and provide the same menu of services but everyone client’s story is different. Every service is different. My favorite is when you get thrown a curveball. There is never a dull day in the salon!

6. Where has your job taken you?

I was licensed in Minnesota for the first nine months of my career in which I was a full time stylist at Fantastic Sams. My husband’s job then transferred us to Louisville, Ky., where I became licensed in Indiana (which borders Ky.). I was licensed as soon as I arrived and started applying for jobs. I took a stylist position with Fantastic Sams. My original Fantastic Sams job definitely helped me with knowing their procedures and color, etc. Within four months I became the assistant manager. The store I was at then closed, and I was relocated to a nearby store where I remained the assistant manager. Today, about three years after my first day at MSC, I am proud to say that I am the salon manager for a Fantastic Sams. I have been with the same franchise for two years, and my hard work and dedication has certainly paid off.

7. How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life?

The education I received from MSC has certainly made this all possible. They taught several skills for me to take into the salon and be successful. I meet students right out of cosmetology school at my current job, and there are a lot of hiccups in their skills—mostly things they were never taught. Even the most simple—how to mix color. When I had my first day in the salon, I knew everything they asked me to know.

All the information and education I got while attending MSC has certainly made my manager position much easier. Thank you Minnesota School of Cosmetology!