Preparing for Life After the Institute

Graduation caps thrown in airAs I near graduation from Cinta Aveda Institute, I am beginning to explore the many options available to me once I complete my program. Once I pass my State Board Examination, I will officially be a licensed cosmetologist. What exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, the world is my oyster! As a cosmetology graduate, I can work in a salon, spa, blow dry bar, makeup counter, cruise ship, and much more! I can take private clients, work on photo shoots, participate in magazine editorials, and maybe even do some bridal styling. The possibilities truly are endless. In fact, some might say we have too many options. How do I figure out what is right for me?

Given that there are so many opportunities in our trade, it is important to explore each and every one. Immerse yourself in the industry and all of its components. Buy fashion magazines and take note of the hair and makeup in the editorial spreads. Try out different blow dry bars in your area. (Tip: you can always find a cheap deal on Groupon!) Talk to people who have been in the industry for a while, in different capacities. Those who own their own salon, or rent a chair in a salon versus stylists who are an employee of a salon and work on commission. Each situation yields a different experience, which may or may not be right for you. If you have a passion for travel, maybe working at the salon or spa on a cruise ship is the perfect opportunity for you.

The important thing to remember is be true to yourself, your talent, and your customer. Many people get caught up in what they think they should be doing as opposed to what is right for them, and as a result do not end up being prosperous. If you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work–you’ll never work a day in your life!

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