10 Things Every Beauty College Applicant Should Know
There’s an endless world of possibilities in front of you. You may be ready to jump right in and begin beauty school. However, there are several things that every beauty college applicant should know before they go to school. Choosing a career field and beginning your education can be an exciting time, especially if you have chosen the field of cosmetology.
Here are 10 things you should know:
1. Beauty College is Essential
In order to receive the proper training and become licensed, it is mandatory that you complete a beauty school program. This is true no matter what field you want to go into, including hair, nails, and skin. There is no skimping corners when it comes to your education and training in cosmetology.
2. Required: GED or Diploma
Not only is a cosmetology program essential in this career, you must have a high school diploma or a GED to get into a beauty program. You may have to submit proof of such with your application. Make sure you have a copy of either your high school diploma or your GED when getting ready to apply.
3. Don’t Let Finances Limit You
Too many people assume they can’t afford to study. However, it’s important to remember that there is financial aid available. Qualifying students may be eligible for grants, loans, and scholarships. Don’t let finances limit your choices.
4. Don’t Limit Yourself
Before entering beauty college, many students have a good idea of where they would like to specialize. It’s important to keep an open mind and examine all the possibilities that this training and career offers. The other subjects that you enjoy may surprise you. You may enter school thinking you want to be a nail technician, but discover that you really prefer skin care.
5. Compare Schools
It might be convenient to choose the closest school to you—or the one your best friend is going to. However, before deciding on a school, it is very important to examine several beauty colleges and what they offer.
Compare each school’s:
• Student to teacher ratio
• Instructor training and experience
• Hands-on training program
• Length of program
• Graduation rate
• Licensing rate
• Job placement
6. Visit the Beauty College
You can’t get a good feel for a school without being on the campus. Visit your potential schools at least once. You may find that the school you thought you would love is not a good fit for you. For whatever reason.
7. Be Prepared For a Dress Code
Sorry. You can’t just wear what you want in beauty school. There is often a dress code that must be followed in order for you to remain a student. Wear your hair down, although some schools may allow you to secure your bangs back. Makeup should be limited to daytime makeup only. Some schools require a uniform or a shirt with the school logo. Other schools simply require a white shirt with black slacks. Be ready to conform to a dress code, no matter what school you attend.
8. Graduating Doesn’t Equal Licensing
Just because you graduated from an accredited beauty college, doesn’t mean you’re a licensed cosmetologist. After graduation, you must take a licensing exam. The more successful you are in school, the easier this test will be for you.
9. You Have to Work Your Way Up
You won’t graduate and have instant success. You won’t come out of school and be a stylist to the stars, make a six figure income, or own your own beauty salon. But, you will graduate with the skills and base knowledge to work your way up to one of these positions.
10. Beauty School is Not Easy
Cosmetology school may seem like a breeze, compared to some college level courses. However, it is a challenge. There are a lot of hands-on skills to learn. This knowledge and skill come only with practice and perseverance.