It’s been a minute since I have blogged and I am back and excited to share with you what I have been up to behind the scenes in between blogging.
As ya’ll know in addition to blogging and content creation. I have a skincare line I’m partnered with. I’m always working on testing out new products, sharing my tips and suggestions on maintaining healthy and flawless skin.
Well, with high demand, I’m finally taking my passion for skincare and beauty to the next level.
It has been something I have been wanting to do for sometime now but never got around to it as life got in the way and I wanted to make certain this is my ‘calling’ as cliche’ as it sounds.
I’m finally on my way to becoming a LICENSED Esthetician!
It’s the perfect time because I have gained basic knowledge of skincare for the past 5 years while interviewing skincare and medical professionals in the field when I started my career as a Beauty Writer/ Correspondent.
I wanted to share this journey with you because maybe you too are looking to pursue a career in the beauty industry or maybe you know of someone who is.
Theres things I wish I knew before starting and since I’m still in the first phases of my training, I can give you the 411.
I plan on giving my readers a monthly update on my journey. So every 3-4 weeks tune into my ‘Becoming an Esthetician’ blog series.
In this post I want to get into choosing the right program and the must have tips to take in before embarking on this journey.
Tip 1: Choose the RIGHT program (plus the real 411).
When it comes to choosing the right Esthetics program or school. it’s important to factor in not only the costs of the tuition but also additional expenses outside of the program. This is NOT a cheap investment and rightfully so.
The skincare industry is a billion dollar industry and if you learn how to leverage and market your skills as an Esthetician in this field you can have a piece of that BILLION dollar pie.
The good news is that you only need to find a program that has a good retention rate but most importantly the best graduation rates.
The advice I got from my fellow skincare professionals was just to find a decent program that will properly prepare me for the state board.
In this case you do not have to find the most popular or most expensive. As a matter of fact, finding a program that wasn’t that popular and affordable was most important to me.
I had initially enrolled in a very popular school that was affiliated with the Dermalogica brand. However, the program was over priced and the enrollment process was unnecessarily too long.
It gave me the vibe that they wanted to feel more important and ‘exclusive’ than they actually are.
So I continued to do my research and found a program that was near half the price of the other program and it was a smaller school which I loved.
My key takeaways:
Look at pricing.
How many students to each classroom.
Do they teach enough required THEORY and PRACTICAL training hours for your success.
Does the school value an ethnically diverse environment?
PLAN. PLAN. PLAN.
Depending on what you already have going on outside of school ,planning around is very crucial. Are you planning to go full-time or part-time?
For me, going full-time is important because I want to get my license as quickly as possible. That means I will complete the program and get my license within 7-8 months!
Also, set a budget for yourself. I don’t know about you, but I don’t come from a rich family. So I utilized a portion of my savings, leverage my credit and contribute a portion of my income toward my tuition.
In this particular program I did not qualify for Financial aid and the school doesn’t accept federal loans which means all of their students graduate debt FREE!
If you don’t plan the financial aspect of it, it can set you back so make sure you have a game plan.
Also set a budget aside to get your tools. A reputable school will provide a basic Esthetician kit but it is YOUR responsibility to get everything else.
Majority of the students who enroll are planning on starting their own business so all training expenses that applies toward the objective of your business is TAX DEDUCTABLE. So, save those RECEIPTS baby girl!
Tip 3: KNOW YOUR WHY
I can’t stress this enough. Most people are enrolling in beauty school because it’s ‘popular’ and it’s a billion dollar industry.
But honestly, if you’re not genuinely passionate about it you’re wasting your own time, the instructors time and a space for someone who actually takes it seriously.
I decided to take action with something I had been desiring to do for 3 years and studied on my own for 5 plus years!
Let that sink in.
This industry is starting to become over saturated with Estheticians but I promise what will separate the successful from the unsuccessful is the one who is passionate and investing ALL their time and energy and money into this.
Whats my why? Well my PASSION is what drives my why. It’s what started this blog which you can read about my WHY in great detail, here.
I hope that helps you with a little insight.
Check out my video here on my first week in Esthetics school!