There is an old saying – If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten. Now that might be great if you are content with your life, your finances, and your professional growth. But, what if being content just isn’t enough? What about when the need to grow becomes so strong that it pushes you to challenge yourself to something new? Where do you go next? Do you change professions? Go back to school to get a new degree? Quit? Don’t even think about it!
The day you graduated from your beauty college was the day a world of opportunities opened up for you. You just forgot, because you limited yourself to only one aspect of our profession. And I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with that – hairdressing is one of the best professions you could be in. But sometimes, even great hairdressers wonder what’s next? The time to think about your next move is when the day-to-day working behind the chair just isn’t as fulfilling as it once was. It is not that you don’t enjoy your work, or the clients; it is about the challenge within yourself that creates the need for a change. This happens to a lot of hairdressers, especially seasoned pros.
But instead of looking outside of your profession, we suggest you sit down and evaluate your career with an open mind and remember that you have only tapped into one part of this dynamic industry. Being a beauty professional has many avenues for you to choose from and all you need is a friendly reminder of the other career opportunities that are available.
Think About Your Needs Besides money, what is it that you need from your work that will challenge you and bring you daily happiness? Try to think about what you enjoy most about our field. Is it the artistry? The hands-on work, or do you prefer the connection with people? Knowing what it is that you like will help to take the guesswork out of your next move.
Step Out Of Your Box Look into areas that interest you, but you were afraid to venture into. Perhaps you always admired platform artists but told yourself, “I could never do that”.
Or, perhaps you always wanted to be a fashion-model makeup artist, or a show event coordinator. All of these careers are open for you to try. You simply have to find what it is that interests you and just do it.
Make The Connection Our industry is filled with the right people who will gladly HELP you to get to where you need to go. You must make the first move, and that is to start networking with people in your profession who are already doing what you want to do.
If you can’t find anyone then begin your journey by going to classes and seminars on the subject or career that interests you. Your peers would love to hook you up with what they love to do; it is part of our industry’s nature. When you’re excited, they’re excited to share with you.
Which Way Do You Go? This is the hardest part- deciding a direction. The first thing to do is to review your choices. Of course, there are basic choices, such as stylist, colorist, nail tech, and esthetician. But there’s a world of other choices as well. You might have forgotten that our profession offers endless opportunities. And there are ways for the experienced professional to expand his or her career in a more challenging direction.
Think about all the possibilities to utilize your cosmetology license. When you’re in the need for a change… sit quietly and ask yourself to think about what you want to send out to the world, your answer will be crystal clear. Most of the time you already know when it is time to be moving on!
Source: Kathy Jager-educational solutions