Most cosmetology school graduates start their first job in the beauty industry as a salon assistant. It’s a great way to learn the ropes at a salon, continue to refine your technical skills, and ease into working with clients.
If you want to make the leap from salon assistant to full-time stylist, you’ll have to be dedicated to learning everything about the salon and working with as many clients that you possibly can. This is where having a salon mentor really pays off!
Larger salons that have established mentoring programs will often pair you with a seasoned stylist and require you to complete certain continuing education classes. If you work in a smaller to medium size salon, chances are that you’ll need to find your own mentor.
Your salon mentor can’t be just any stylist at the salon! It should be a stylist who’s respected by the other employees, who’s been working in the field for a few years, and who specializes in the same services that you want to eventually specialize in.
It’s also important that the stylist is open to being your mentor. The best way to find this out is simply to ask! Tell the stylist you look up to them and that you’re eager to learn. If they agree to be your mentor, they’ll be able to give you an insider’s advice and perspective that can really help you get ahead in your new career.
Do you love cutting, coloring, and styling hair? Why not make a career out of it? The beauty industry offers many different fun and exciting career opportunities!
Bene's Career Academy is a beauty and wellness school with campuses in New Port Richey, Brooksville and Spring Hill, Fl. The school offers hands-on training in cosmetology, barber, skin care, and nail technology, as well as flexible class schedules, extensive State Board preparation, and Financial Aid to those who qualify. See for yourself by taking a quick tour of the Bene's Career Academy campus near you!
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