I never planned on becoming an esthetician. That all changed when my stress induced acne decided to return after working at a job I absolutely hated. At the time I was a makeup artist with MAC cosmetics as well as a fabric purchasing assistant at a local apparel company. The stress of the fashion job caused my college acne to resurface. After a dermatology appointment gone bad (the dr.’s bedside manner was trash). I decided I wanted to find a way to treat my acne without being on 6 prescription medications. I decided to quit my fashion job and go to cosmetology school to become an esthetician.
After researching local schools I decided to attend Jean Madeline Cosmetology school full-time. I was happy with my decision and was excited to attend classes. Class was always exciting because I enjoyed learning things that I actually had an interested in. Also, having the opportunity to get a facial almost every day was definitely a plus.
If this is a career you’ve been considering I encourage you to do it. The esthetics program isn’t that long and there is a huge demand for qualified licensed estheticians. Also, keep in mind that working in a local day spa isn’t your only option. You can work with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, on cruise ships, at resorts or hotels. You can become a trainer for skincare lines or an esthetics instructor. Don’t limit yourself. Below I am listing a few tips that will be helpful on your journey to becoming an esthetician.
- Research the school you wish to attend to make sure it is a good fit.
- Find a mentor that you trust and can help you along the way.
- Know that cosmetology school only teaches you want you need to pass the state board. The real learning begins once you start working.
- Invest in your craft and perfect it by taking post graduate courses staying and current.
- When looking for employment right out of school, consider working at a chain establishment. They have lots of customers so you can experience working with a variety of people and skin types.
- Research potential employers by checking out online reviews from Yelp, Google etc. Also go to the establishment to get a service so you can experience the business first hand.