How to Decide if a Cosmetology Career Is Right for You

No matter how many times you try to put it off, you have to think about your future at some point. If you put it off too long, you may find yourself in a career, or working towards a career, that you don’t really want. Alternatively, you may be working in a career that doesn’t fulfill you and you long for a job that really lets your passion in life. It is never too late to make a change.


If you have a keen interest in hair and beauty, a cosmetology career may be perfect for you. However, it is important to take a little time to plan and research your future career plan and determine if a career in the world of cosmetology is right for you. There is a lot more to these careers than you may think, and if you are not prepared for every aspect, it may not be right for you. Here are some things to consider, to help you decide if a cosmetology career is right for you.

It Requires Cosmetology School Training

Hopefully you know that you cannot work in a cosmetology career without any training. You will fit need to take a course at a licensed Cosmetology School to receive the necessary training. Cosmetology Schools will often have a number of different programs available, so get all the information you can, to see if any of their courses suit you. Following your graduation from school, you will then have to pass an exam to get your cosmetology license. It is this license that makes it legal for you to work in a cosmetology career.

It Is Physically Demanding

What you may not realize, is that cosmetology careers are physically demanding. You are likely to be on your feet all day, and sometimes bending and twisting into uncomfortable positions, to apply make up just right or to finish a hair cut perfectly. If you’re not prepared for the physical nature or are physically unable for a demanding career in hair and beauty, you could consider becoming a Nail Technician. As a Nail Technician you won’t have to spend long periods of time on your feet, instead sitting at a nail bar giving out beautiful manicures.


You Need Good People Skills

No client is going to want to receive a treatment from a cosmetologist that has a bit of an attitude. Careers in hair and beauty are not really for the silent types either — to be successful as a cosmetologist, you really need to have good people skills. Some clients will want to build up a rapport with their stylist, so they feel like they are in good hands. Alternatively, some clients prefer to just relax during their treatment, without any small talk. You will need to be able to pick up quickly on the amount of social interaction any one client wants. Being able to read clients well so they are comfortable in your presence will certainly encourage repeat business, which is often essential to maintaining a viable cosmetology business.

It Is Fast Paced and Often Unpredictable

If you need the security of a structured and predictable day, then a career in cosmetology may not be suited to you. Cosmetology careers are challenging, exciting, and unpredictable — no two days will every be the same. Some days you will have to deal with difficult clients, who are either unhappy or a little picky. Other days you will be rushed off your feet, juggling numerous clients have various different treatments. You will have to learn how to balance a demanding schedule. Most days, you will make clients feel better about themselves which is just about the greatest feeling in the world. If you can manage the difficult parts of the job, and still take lots of joy and pride out of a successful treatment with a client, then you could be made for a career in cosmetology.

Life is just too short to not do what you love. So, if you really believe that a career in cosmetology is right one for you, don’t out it off any longer. Get in touch with Ogle School and find out how to apply for Cosmetology School today.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.