Career opportunities in the cosmetology industry

People around the globe have paid attention to their looks throughout the history of human civilization. Despite the turbulent economic times, the cosmetology industry has been kept afloat by individuals who want to look good at all cost.

The future is therefore bright for those individuals whose passion lies in making other people look good. The simple steps to actualizing a dream in cosmetology include getting trained, getting licensed and then becoming an expert in cosmetology.

Cosmetologists also known as cosmeticians specialize in doing make-ups, hairstyling, skin care and nail care. A good cosmetology school equips their students with the essential skills that one needs to work as a facial specialist, barber, nail care or any other specialization depending on individual’s interests.

It is important to know that cosmetologists with more than one specialization are more competitive compared to their peers with just one skill. Most of the employers will prefer an individual who specializes in more than one area in cosmetology.

Besides theoretical knowledge, employers will also look for cosmeticians with relevant experience in a certain area of specialization. Some cosmetology schools have salons and spas that are open to the public. This helps in providing hands-on experience along with developing other relevant skills such as communication.

A skin care cosmetician can specialize in three areas that include, make up application, esthetician and skin care specialist or hair removal specialist.

Makeup artists can work at spas and salons doing makeovers. They can also work for the media houses, theatre and film making industry to do costuming make up.

Esthetician on the other hand specializes on skin. Estheticians are popularly known as the non-medical skin care specialists. They work on human skin and anything related to it such as skin hairs. To become an esthetician, one requires special training to perform tasks in laser hair removal, facials, electrolysis, massage, and rejuvenating treatment.

Hair removal specialist performs almost the same roles as estheticians. They however focus on getting rid of unwanted hair from the body by use of various hair removal techniques. They can perform other functions such as facials, rejuvenating treatment and massages only.

A hair cosmetician can specialize in hairstyling or a barbering. Most of the students who study cosmetology specialize on hairstyling. Hair stylists get trained on various aspects such as hair curling, shaping, coloring, cutting, cleaning, styling, and repairing amongst others for both men and women. Barbering an area of cosmetology that focuses mostly on men. Barbers are trained on removing hair, trimming, and shaping facial hair. They are also trained on how to take care for skin.

Cosmeticians who specialize with nails are referred to as manicurists. This is the least versatile of the careers in cosmetology. Most of the cosmeticians combine this skill with other skills such as hairstyling and make up application.

The services of manicurists are however highly demanded by individuals who want to keep their nails healthy and good looking. They are trained on cleaning and shaping nails. They are also trained on how to prepare, clean, apply, shape and finish fake nails.

How I ended up in a white lab coat in a pharmacy school- applying for scholarships

My father was a professional welder who has spent his entire career life working in the petroleum industry. He has had the opportunity of working with multinational companies in various destinations across the globe. My Grandpa used to tell me that my dad was good in arts and he never imagined pursuing any other course apart from welding.

Even after retiring, my dad still loves to keep his hands dirty by spending his free time welding garbage tracks for his friend Tom. My older brother followed in his steps and pursued a course in welding when he completed his high school studies.

He graduated with good grades from college and did his internship with a shipping company. Due to his exemplary performance during his internship, he was offered an employment opportunity with the shipping company. That is where he has been working for the last eight years.

My grandpa on the other hand was a blacksmith. He managed to raise five sons in a three bedroomed house while working at his blacksmith shop. Three of my uncles took over the blacksmithing business from my grandfather who was already aging. They have managed to expand the family business to other towns.

Our family has a background full of men who love arts. Men who love to put their creativity and imaginations into forms that other people can see and appreciate. Sometimes I wonder how I ended up in a white lab coat in a pharmacy school a few years back!

My journey to becoming a pharmacist began when I was twelve. The desire to commit my time to public service was bigger than that of spending my time playing with other kids. I engaged in various community activities such as planting trees, cleaning our neighborhood and several others. I had a strong desire of changing peoples’ lives.

While at school, I concentrated all my focus to my studies. I worked hard to attain good grades in all subjects. Among all the subjects, chemistry and mathematics were my favorite. I have lost count of the number of times I received presents for exemplary performance in these subjects.

When I graduated from high school, I began volunteering at a chemist in our town. The owner of the chemist was friends with my father. Kenny, as he was popularly known among the locals was happy that I was interested to volunteer in his medical store.

I was tasked with the responsibility of taking stocks, cleaning the premises and shelving. I still had not decided what course I would pursue in the university. I however had begun to gain some interest in pharmacy.

While working at the chemist, I received a phone call from a friend who had seen a scholarship post on the internet. He informed me about the opportunity and I realized that it would be a great opportunity to study pharmacy in one of the biggest universities.

 I was happy that I was among the few candidates who won the scholarship. I was able to save my father the distress of providing for tuition and upkeep fees up to masters level.

Pharmacy is a great course that gives individuals the opportunity to work in different areas such as chemists, hospitals or even as a tutor. It is one of the well-paying careers but it calls for focused individuals who have a passion in this field.