April 16, 2013

Tips For Balancing Cosmetology School With Work & Family

If you’re considering training for a new career in cosmetology or esthetics, you may be concerned about how you’ll keep working or caring for your children and still succeed as a student.

Careers in the beauty industry happen to be very popular among parents and single parents. As a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician, you often have the freedom to set your own schedule, taking clients only when it works for you.  Read more about why Cosmetology Makes A Great Second Career.

Jobs in the beauty industry also happen to be growing. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, job demand for beauty industry professionals is expected to continue to grow through 2018. You can view your potential salary with the Cosmetology Salary Guide Infographic and the Esthetician Salary Guide Infographic.

Completing cosmetology school won’t be easy, but it can be done! Here are some suggestions for maintaining a balance between cosmetology school and the other important things going on in your life:

Flexible Schedules – Beauty schools often offer a variety of different schedules to their students. At Salon Success Academy, cosmetology and esthetics classes are designed to fit students’ busy lifestyles. You can take classes during the day or at night, in either full-time or part-time schedules – it’s totally up to you! Taking classes part-time might make it easier to keep your job, but when you take classes full-time you can complete your training and start working much faster.

Family Support – Enrolling in beauty school is a decision that will affect your entire family, so it’s important that you keep them in the loop. Explain to your family that you’ll need some extra time to attend class and study. Make sure they understand how important going to beauty school and fulfilling your career goals is to you.

New Friends – In cosmetology school, you’ll be surrounded by lots of new people who all have similar interests as you. These are people who you can give you support and advice on how to stay balanced because they know what you’re going through. They can help you if you’re struggling with a certain technique and study with you in preparation for the State Board exam. Cosmetology school is a great time to make new connections and friendships that will be beneficial in your future career!

Time Management – You’ll be juggling many different responsibilities while you’re back in school, so it’s important that you learn how to manage your time effectively. Purchase a day planner or a calendar to keep track of your work hours, homework assignments, exam dates, and other important dates.

Financial Assistance – There are many types of financial aid assistance and scholarships out there that can help offset the cost of going to cosmetology or esthetics school. Salon Success Academy offers several types of financial aid assistance, including Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, to students who qualify. If you’re looking for scholarships to apply to, here’s a list of the Best Beauty School Scholarships in 2013 with tips on how to apply to each one.

Do your best to stay focused and not sweat the small stuff. It can be easy to become overwhelmed and lose sight of why you’ve decided to return to school. Remind yourself that you’re doing this in order to start a new, exciting career and make a better life for you and your family.

Salon Success Academy offers extensive, hands-on training in cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology and Make-Up Designory/ MUD Makeup at its six locations throughout the Inland Empire of California. Fill out the form to learn more about training for a new beauty career with Salon Success Academy!

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