Cosmetology Graduates Have Many Exciting Career

Cosmetology is a 60 billion dollar industry that is stable, provides endless opportunities, and cannot be outsourced to another country. A cosmetologist can work anywhere in the country, full-time or part-time, work for a large corporation with several locations, in a local salon or for themselves as an independent contractor. Last year, there were an estimated 600,000 salon positions filled in the United States. However, for those of you who may want to explore other exciting career choices, here are 10 Cosmetology Career options you may want to consider:

  • 1) If you love to travel, why not consider becoming a stylist on a cruise ship or at a luxury resort. Imagine following the sun by working seasonally at a resort hotel salon in Mexico during the winter, then finding a cooler seasonal locale for the hot and humid summer months.
  • 2) A beauty school education could lead you to the exciting worlds of fashion and entertainment. Become a celebrity stylist by working with local, national or international models and celebrities. If you have the talent, creativity and stay current with beauty & fashion trends, working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry could become a reality!
  • 3) As a licensed Cosmetologist, you could also choose the management track in the corporate world. Corporate giants in the beauty industry offer lucrative sales positions that could lead you to a high paying Regional or National Sales and Marketing position.
  • 4) Perhaps the corporate world is not for you, but you are still drawn to the business side of the beauty industry. You could become the manager of a large salon where you’d be responsible for personnel management, training, inventory control, payroll, sales and marketing.
  • 5) Want to be your own boss? You have a couple options. If you’re not averse to taking some financial risk, you can open your own salon. Another alternative, is to lease booth space or a chair from a salon owner. You will be working with your clientele on your own schedule. You can work as few or as many hours as you like – a great option for moms.
  • 6) Teaching is a rewarding and satisfying career pursuit. Many experienced Cosmetologists take advanced courses to become a cosmetology instructor at a private beauty school, vocational school or community college. As an Instructor, you can share your knowledge and skills with those just getting started in the beauty industry and experience the gratification when your students succeed.
  • 7) You’ve always been a very good writer. You can leverage your Cosmetology education and experience with your writing skills to “pen” articles in your free time. With hands-on experience, you will have a lot of interesting tips, advice and anecdotes to share with readers interested in learning more about the beauty industry. This could lead to a full-time career as a writer or editor of a beauty industry magazine, newsletter or website.
  • 8) The huge, aging population (there are 78 million baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964)
  • Career ADD and Job Search – Number One Mistake

    The job search can be a daunting exercise for those of us with Career ADD. Not only does it push all or most of our anxiety buttons, but we can quickly become paralyzed before taking productive, positive actions that will land an interview or connect us with the right company or potential great job. So where to begin?

    I am going to make it easy for those of us with Career ADD by bulleting most of the content of this article. Turns out, we ADDers tend to focus better when we are given smaller chunks of information. So here goes:

    • The NUMBER ONE biggest mistake those of us with Career ADD make is having a lack of FOCUS on what we REALLY want in a job or career. When we are sitting in front of someone who has the potential to change our work lives and we are not able to articulate what we are really even looking for in a job, what kind of impression do you imagine that makes?

    • My career clients who started out unable to articulate their ideal job or work situation generally ended up with someone telling them to figure it out first or to “do more research.” This is a nice way of saying, “I can’t help you if you don’t know what you want.”

    • Knowing what you want and articulating that puts you heads above the competition. Why? Because job hunters who do this are more confident and enthusiastic, hands down.

    • Know what you want and why.

    • Here is an example. “I am most productive when I (am using _______ skills at least 20% of the day; am working in a room with minimal noise or I can put on headphones when I need to, am able to work on projects with a deadline, have someone who can answer phones, or work on a team 30-40% of my work week, can change tasks every 10 minutes, etc.) This all might sound like wishful thinking, but in reality, knowing these aspects of what makes you happy and productive, means there is more room for negotiation, or gives the employer AND you a “heads up” that the job may not be a good fit. Overall, if an employer likes you and the way you come across, they are more likely to find a way to make it a win-win. It also makes you look pretty self-assured.

    • Know the field (one or two) or industry you want to work in and stick with that.

    • Using Bolles (What Color Is My Parachute) Flower Model is a perfect way to create the dialog that can be used in an interview conversation. Going through this process even 10 minutes a day can have the potential to change your life and career forever. This year marks the book’s 40th Anniversary.

    With Career ADD, it is even more important to have someone coach or counsel you through it. My last client went from doing …