So, you’re interested in enrolling in beauty school or cosmetology school. How do you choose the right school?
First of all, don’t just go to the most convenient school. You must do some research. After all, the idea is to allow this schooling experience to lead to your eventual career. You want to make sure that you’re getting the absolute best experience possible and opening as many doors as you can.
What should you be looking for in a beauty school? Here are a few things that you should pay attention to as you start researching.
Learn Your Passion
First of all, it’s a good idea to know what excites you about the world of cosmetology. Do you love working with hair? Are you interested in learning how to apply makeup? Maybe skincare is especially interesting to you. Your passion should be what guides you to your eventual career. But remember that different beauty schools have different curriculums. Make sure the beauty school you choose has a course that will fit your passion and eventual career.
There are many ways that you may be able to attend cosmetology school even if you’re worried about paying for it. For example, some schools have financial aid programs allowing you to pay for your tuition as you attend, rather than paying it all in a lump sum. Some schools can connect you with federal and private scholarship options. Some schools may have their own scholarship options that they distribute to students. Check to see the financial support options for whatever school you’re considering.
Accreditation is not technically necessary, but it can be a beneficial tool to ensure that your credits will transfer appropriately between organizations. Check for accreditation with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, and The Council on Occupational Education.
Markers of a Good Beauty School
There are a few pointers that you can look at to be more certain that the beauty school you’re thinking of attending is a great institution. Here are a few markers to keep in mind.
- Business education. If you’re planning to own your own beauty business one day, you need business skills. A high-quality beauty school will help you develop your business skills as much as they will your beauty skills, whether by offering their own courses or at least showing you where you can get this education.
- Student salon. The best way for you to learn how to handle different elements of beauty is to do hands-on work. The school you’re attending must have the right facilities, which may include a student salon.
- Industry connections. One of the biggest reasons that many people attend beauty school is to make connections within the industry. Check to see whether your school of interest attends or holds beauty competitions or hair shows, as well as whether they employ instructors that are still active within the industry.
Take A Trip
One of the best ways to check on beauty schools that you think might be a good fit is simply to attend an open day and take a look around the campus. This can also allow you to talk with students and instructors, making it easier to determine if you can visualize yourself studying there. If you’re thinking about attending Ogle School as your beauty school of choice, contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our facilities.