If You’re Passionate About Beauty and you Prefer Hands-on, Action-Oriented Learning, Then Beauty School Could Be for You
Question 1: How challenging will beauty school be for me?
If you are considering a career that requires cosmetology training, this is the first question you should ask yourself. The truth is, the answer to this question won’t be the same for everyone. But there are many reasons why starting with this question can lead you to the right answer for you.
At the end of the day, what matters most is that you pursue the right career for you – whether you go to beauty school or a 4-year school is not a decision that should be made by anyone else. But it is important to discuss your decision with your family and loved ones who may be affected by your career choice.
Of course, the first step to answering this question is requesting information about the types of programs you are considering, whether they are beauty programs or bachelor’s programs from a four-year college. You’ll need to understand the costs, time for completion, financial aid options, and career outcomes – and learn what the current and projected employment opportunities are in your area.
Sound like a lot?
It’s not, really. To come to the best conclusion about whether you think beauty school or college will be easier, we’re going to break it down topic-by-topic below.
Question 2: What is your passion?
All students tend to perform better when they are studying subjects that interest them and align with their professional goals.
Have you ever met a future fiction writer who loved to sit through math classes? Or future scientists having more fun in physical education?
You get the point…
When you force yourself to do chores, that’s not as fun as forcing yourself to go hiking or practice your instrument or play your favorite sport or write the next chapter of your novel, right?
If you have a passion for beauty and want to work with hair, skin, makeup, or any other area of this field, then why not explore it?
The benefit for many students is the shorter timeline for completion with beauty school programs compared to four-year college and university programs. In fact, if your long-term career goals require a four-year degree, but having cosmetology experience would make you happy in the short-term, then a career in beauty could potentially pay the bills while you worked towards a bachelor’s level degree.
Question 3: What are the financial differences?
Let’s be real– cost matters when you’re making an enrollment decision.
You have to think of several ways to pay for your education these days. Fortunately, students with an interest in beauty schools have many of the same options as those students who attend four-year schools.
This can vary, depending on accreditation. But, here at Paroba College we are nationally accredited and offer financial aid. That’s one of the reasons why we tell students to request information from all their options. You never know what the big picture is financially until you have a clear idea of what you can expect each program to cost and compare it to the salary potential in your area.
Question 4: What kinds of beauty or four-year programs work with my life?
No matter how important earning your degree is, you will want to compare program flexibility when determining if a beauty school program or four-year degree would be ‘easier’ in your mind. Again, this is a subjective topic, so we are trying to help you determine what’s best for you.
When it comes to four-year programs, you can probably find online and campus options in many areas. However, these programs will take four years to complete. (Unless you find a program that is more efficient…they are out there.)
If you are working a job that you don’t feel you can live on for the next four years, then a bachelor’s program can be difficult to complete. In order to fit in time for class, studying, and maintaining your family and personal responsibilities, many students have to cut back on work or tighten their bootstraps, so speak. Keep this in mind when you compare beauty schools to four-year programs.
Question 5: How soon can I start working?
One thing that attracts many beauty school students to beauty school programs is the fact that they can qualify for professional work after just a few months to a year depending on the program. Here in Washington State, you need 750 hours (about 7 months) to become a licensed esthetician, 1000 hours (about 9 months) to become a licensed barber, 1200 hours (about 10 months) to become a master esthetician and 1600 hours (just over 1 year) to become a cosmetologist.
In some cases, these opportunities can turn into career opportunities. And no matter what, they help students get a feel for their chosen career, gain hands-on experience, and learn what it takes to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the workplace when they complete their training.
On the other hand, if you are pursuing a four-year degree, your path can seem a little more unpredictable. First of all, you can’t predict what the employment landscape will look like four years down the road.
If you are also considering a career in a field like healthcare, then you can be a little more certain about your long-term prospects. That’s why you might consider earning a license in cosmetology, esthetics or barbering, and start working towards your bachelor’s once you get your beauty career going.
Think about it: If you were a stylist or esthetician, working at a salon, barbershop or spa, you could have an easier time scheduling your own time for taking classes and studying.
As long as you are giving quality work to clients and working the required number of hours, how you fit it all in can be up to you. And it’s even easier to schedule your own time if you’re a freelance cosmetologist, esthetician or barber.
Regardless of the path you ultimately choose, you can tell by now that the answer to this question is really up to you. While we can’t make the decision for you, we can give you the tools you need to make it yourself!