Whether you are interested in cosmetology, esthetics or barbering, selecting the right school is your first step in a successful career. To make the best choice, it is important to have some idea of how you see your career in the future. If you plan to work in a small town barber shop, for example, your educational needs are different than if you plan to head to a larger city, and maybe even aim for photography and runway work.
If you don’t have a clear idea of your future goals, it makes sense to aim to be over, rather than under, educated. Once you start out on your career, it will be much more challenging to take the time away from your job to continue your education. By investing in a solid education up-front, you can feel confident with whatever direction your career may take.
Selecting a school, such as the Ron King Academy, that offers extensive training allows you to enter the workforce with many options. These types of schools offer a range of curriculum choices, which prepares students for day to day cutting, coloring and styling, or more competitive and challenging work, such as preparing models for photo shoots and runway shows. These schools also teach business fundamentals, to prepare students for the less creative side of the job.
The cost of cosmetology and barbering school cannot be ignored. While you are not likely to have trouble finding a job once you complete your education, paying for that education up front can be stressful. Check early on in the school selection process to ensure that your choice accepts FAFSA, which is federal student aid. It is also important to ask about potential scholarship opportunities. Many schools do offer scholarships for a certain number of students. Financing school is stressful, but it is important to have someone at the school you can discuss these matters with.
Find out how the cutting and styling process works. When you are ready to work on customers, are your responsible for finding your own, or does the school offer salon services that attract enough customers that you don’t have to hustle so much? Bringing in your own customers isn’t bad, if you have local family and friends, but if not, it can be a challenge to get enough practice in without some help from the school.
Finally, it is important to select a school where you feel comfortable. Ask to take a tour of the school before committing. Do you like the atmosphere? Does it feel like a place you can learn? Many fine schools may not be a good fit for you personally, and you don’t want to be unhappy during your time spent there.