How to Decide What Cosmetology Career to Choose

If you are a beauty addict and amateur hair stylist, there is a good chance that you are planning a future career in the exciting world of cosmetology. The industry is one that is growing, despite the current difficult economic climate and there is a lot of room for career progression. What you may not be aware of, is the vast scope of careers that are open to you once you have completed cosmetology school. Career options include: Cosmetologists, Hair Stylist, Make Up Artist, Esthetician, Manicurist, Wedding Stylist, Fashion Show Stylist, Product Developer, Salon Manager or Owner, and Brand Representative, amongst others.


There are ways to ensure that you are taking the right steps to make deciding your future career path clearer, but first…

Enroll in the Right Courses

Some Cosmetology Schools offer a variety of courses, so you need to be sure that you are enrolling on the one that fits in best with your future goals. Get in touch with us here at Ogle School and we will help you figure out which study program will be the right one for you. You are even welcome to come on a campus visit to see what you can expect with our different course. We know how important starting your cosmetology right is, and we are here to help in any way that we can.

Now that you are enrolled on the right course for you at Cosmetology School, your plans for the future will become clearer with each passing day. Whilst undergoing your study, take these measures to help you figure out what cosmetology career is the one for you. These include:

Enroll in Placements

During your time at Cosmetology School, it is very likely that you will get the chance to go on placements. These placements will show you what particular cosmetology careers are really like on a day-to-day basis. If you have more of an interest in nails and nail art, see if you can attend a placement in a nail salon; if you love styling and cutting hair, try to get onto a placement at a hair salon; and if you love applying makeup, apply for a placement with a beauty therapist or make up artist. There are plenty of options for you at cosmetology school for you to explore your future career options, so be sure to embrace them.

Take on a Wide Range of Clients

Throughout cosmetology school you will experience hands on training in the school’s own salon. You will treat real clients that will be after a number of different treatments, and a variety of different styles. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and attempt to take on a wide variety of clients, so you can see for yourself which area of cosmetology is the one which you have the most passion for. Furthermore, experiment with your creativity outside of school —  designate one night to all things hair, another to skin care, and another to make up etc. All this extra practice will help fix in your mind what area of cosmetology you would like to pursue in your future career.


Take Part in Competitions

One of the best experiences of cosmetology school, will be attending hair and beauty competitions. At these competitions you can experiment with high fashion hair colors, big and beautiful hair styles and concept make up looks. This will give you an insight into the fashion styling side of cosmetology, which may completely change your focus for your future career. You may find that you don’t just want to work as a makeup artist, but you also want to be a fashion stylist, producing avant garde looks for magazine photo shoots or runway shows. Take every experience offered to you in cosmetology school, every new experience could help to focus your career journey.


Ask Advice

You and your instructors will really get to know each other well at cosmetology school, and they will be there for you. If you ever feel like you are struggling with direction, sit down and talk with them. They will be full of useful of advice, having taught hundreds of cosmetology students before you. They will be able to give you detailed information on different cosmetology careers, so you can discuss if they are well suited to you. The instructors at Ogle School are not just there to teach you, they are also there to guide you. Take advantage of that.

The truth is, no one can tell you what cosmetology career to choose. This is your future an you have to figure out for yourself where your passion lies. Your journey through cosmetology school is a great opportunity to discover what area really stimulates your creativity. So make sure you really squeeze every last drop of experience out of your time at beauty school. You never know when it might all click into place and you find the one area of cosmetology that you want to pursue in your future career.

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.