September 5, 2016
Back to School: Choosing an Alternative to a Traditional Full-Time College
With the new year starting, many students are returning to school for the start of another semester. However, if you haven’t made plans to enroll in a college or university program for the upcoming semester, you don’t have to feel left out! A traditional four-year degree program at a college or university isn’t for everyone, and there are plenty of options for those seeking a different kind of secondary education. If you are passionate about beauty, you may want to consider pursuing an education in the beauty industry.
Alternative Higher Education Options
If you’ve decided that you’d like to explore other higher education options, that’s great! There are lots of opportunities to explore programs that fit your lifestyle, budget, or career goals. The key is to begin by determining what type of career you see yourself in; what are your goals? What are your specific interests?
Many people find that learning a skilled trade, such as how to cut and style hair, can be extremely useful. These days, there is a high demand for barbers, beauty experts, and stylists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the estimated job growth for babers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists is 8% by the year 2028. This is above average than the growth of all other occupations. If you’re the type of person who enjoys staying up-to-date on hair or makeup trends in addition to helping others look and feel their best, why not explore a career as a stylist, makeup artist, or barber?
If you’re interested in pursuing a different kind of secondary education and are interested in beauty, attending a beauty school might be a great choice for you! There are numerous reasons why beauty school works for a lot of people:
Shorter Time Frame
Most programs at a beauty school will take less time than a four-year program at a university. At Artistic, our Cosmetology program can be completed in as little as 10-14 months! This means that you could potentially get started on your future career sooner.
Practical Learning Environment
Most schools are equipped with a student salon, which means that you could have the opportunity to observe other students working on clients, and eventually start styling and providing services to clients yourself. There is a unique balance of classroom learning and practical learning environments, which can help you express your creativity and stay excited about learning! Check out what services we offer at our student salon* to get a feel for what your learning environment could include.
*All services performed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.
Part of your education at a beauty school can include career services like mock interviews, resume writing courses, career fairs, and much more! At Artistic, we encourage our students to attend open houses at local barber shops and salons so they can network and get an idea of where they’d like to work once they graduate.
Financial Aid* Options for Beauty School
You’ve probably heard of financial aid options for college, and the good news is that there are options for beauty school as well! The best place to start is by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Once you’ve filled that out, you can expect to explore options and find out if you are eligible for private grants and scholarships, or subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Want to find out more? Check out “Financial Aid Options for Beauty School” to read about eligibility requirements and scholarships!
If you’re interested in a career in this field, why not explore your options with local beauty and barber schools? Most programs at Artistic start every month, so apply with us and see if a future in the beauty industry might be right for you!
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*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.