After you have been doing the same thing for a while, it is all too easy to get stuck in a rut, stale, performing the same tasks over and over again. Maybe it is time to tweak your skills just a bit and add something new to your repertoire, or move your career in a slightly different direction. It is all about staying fresh, current, and enthusiastic about what you do! If you work in the beauty industry as a hairdresser, makeup artist, nail technician, or other service provider, you already know that staying on top of the latest styles and trends is a must, not an option!
After all, your clients are reading this months style and fashion magazines, and they are seeing the latest haircuts and styles, nail art, and cosmetics You cant afford to be less informed than they are.
Continuing education opportunities abound. Virtually all schools of cosmetology offer them, usually in the evenings and on weekends, when busy professionals might be more available to take them. And they are offered in all sorts of areas. Some of the larger salons offer their own continuing education programs, often as one day or half day workshops or seminars in a specific technique or product, although you may need to be an employee of the salon to take the course. Professional organizations offer workshops and seminars, too, at annual meetings, and often more locally at regional meetings. And trade shows showcase the latest products and services under one roof, so you can walk around and check out what is new, and then take some training in it while youre there!
Perhaps there is an aspect of the beauty business that particularly fascinates you, and you want to learn more about it, like enhancing customer satisfaction, or understanding the business end of the business better. If any of this applies to you, you may want to consider signing up for some continuing education courses in Maine. Continuing education is a perfect way to renew and refresh your skills and your enthusiasm, to add to your resume, and possibly to your income. It is a way to begin to move in a new direction. You can learn new hair styling methods and looks, improve your ability to relate well with clients. Or study the finance of beauty salons.
Only cosmetology instructors are required to take continuing education hours to renew their licenses, for a total of 14 CEU hours each year. Even if you have a different type of license, you should plan on completing continuing education hours as part of growing in your career. Many employers require employees of all specialties to complete a certain amount of continuing education hours each year.
Whatever your specialty within the beauty industry, adding to your skill set and knowledge base can only enhance your earnings potential. For example, if you are a hair dresser, hair stylist, or cosmetologist, you may be interested to know that the average salary earned by these professionals in 2013 was $24,200. If you were to add a new service to your repertoire, you might have a new revenue stream, or perhaps you could charge a higher fee than you do currently. Your skill level is certainly an important factor in determining your overall income. If you were to take courses on managing a beauty salon, you could perhaps move up to a position of assistant manager, taking on greater responsibility and reaping greater rewards.
Marketing your enhanced skills or services will be an important part of benefiting from the continuing education training you take. There are lots of ways to do this, from advertisements in local papers and radio, to announcement cards at your work station and handed out to clients, to good old fashioned word of mouth. You may want to let your employer know that you now have some business expertise, and see if they would consider using your skills in an assistant manager position. If youve accumulated enough business courses, you may be ready to search for a manager position at a different salon. Of course, your work will still consist primarily of working with individual clients one-on-one, unless you are moving into a management position, which could have you overseeing more of the daily operations of the salon. Youre still likely to have scheduling flexibility, although in management, you usually must be present for the full work day regardless of appointments.
Maine Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Barbering & Cosmetology Program
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone Number: 207-624-8579
Fax Number: 207-624-8637
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maine State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Maine state cosmetology license.