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How to deal with cosmetology and work?

For those who went to cosmetology school and also worked while going to school how did you manage your time? Any tips if this question doesn't apply to you please tell me your tips for cosmetology. I want to go to Paul Mitchell's school. #cosmetology


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Kortney’s Answer

While I am no longer a cosmetologist, I did go through school and receive my license in Kansas, where I worked for two years as a cosmetologist. This is such a fun occupation, and many people don't realize that being a cosmetologist is not just about doing hair. You learn chemistry, business and finance, social skills, and so much more! I made some incredible friendships in cosmetology school, and many of my friends used their licenses to work as a cosmetologist while they pursued further education and career goals. It is such a versatile field to get into, and often times you can transfer your license from state to state, depending on the education requirements. As for handling work and school - that part is tough! Most cosmetology schools have a Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm schedule, not leaving much room for a full or even part time job! I worked as a waitress at a local bar and grill through hair school, as it was one of the only jobs available that allowed me enough money to pay my bills, and the hours worked so well with my school hours. The days that I had to go to school and work were very long, school 8:00am-5:00pm, work 6:00pm-3:00am, repeat. While this schedule made for late nights that faded into early mornings, it was doable, and the great thing is that I didn't have to work 40 hours per week at my waitressing job to make the money I needed. So I was able to squeak by with just a few days of very little sleep (coffee was a good friend of mine!). To manage my time, I made sure that any homework I had to do was done on my nights off, or on a weekend day that I didn't have to go to school. Homework in cosmetology school is quite rare, but it does happen occasionally. Second, one of the biggest things you can do to help yourself through this schedule is to plan and prep your meals. When we are on the go constantly, we tend to fuel our bodies with "junk" food, and that can make us even more tired than we already are! Stick with easy recipes that allow you to get your prep done in just a couple hours on Sunday or Monday, whichever day starts your week. Lastly, many cosmetology schools offer part time programs, in these programs, you attend school just a few hours a night. It will take you longer to graduate, but many people choose this option because it works so well with a full time job schedule (and you get to sleep earlier than midnight!) Best of luck to you!

Kortney recommends the following next steps:

Contact the school you are interested in and see what attendance options they have (full time, part time)
Consider your work options; do you need to work full time, can you get by working part time
Confirm your goals; do you want to finish school faster, or can you take your time?

I want to start by saying thank you for commenting on this! And I was planning to do a full time school and work part time. I want to move to a studio or a one-bedroom because it is just me. But the family told me I won't be able to work and go to school at the same time that would mean I would have to still live with my parents and wait to go to school until I have enough money and I don't want to do that at all. Jojo L.

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Kortney’s Answer

While I am no longer a cosmetologist, I did go through school and receive my license in Kansas, where I worked for two years as a cosmetologist. This is such a fun occupation, and many people don't realize that being a cosmetologist is not just about doing hair. You learn chemistry, business and finance, social skills, and so much more! I made some incredible friendships in cosmetology school, and many of my friends used their licenses to work as a cosmetologist while they pursued further education and career goals. It is such a versatile field to get into, and often times you can transfer your license from state to state, depending on the education requirements. As for handling work and school - that part is tough! Most cosmetology schools have a Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm schedule, not leaving much room for a full or even part time job! I worked as a waitress at a local bar and grill through hair school, as it was one of the only jobs available that allowed me enough money to pay my bills, and the hours worked so well with my school hours. The days that I had to go to school and work were very long, school 8:00am-5:00pm, work 6:00pm-3:00am, repeat. While this schedule made for late nights that faded into early mornings, it was doable, and the great thing is that I didn't have to work 40 hours per week at my waitressing job to make the money I needed. So I was able to squeak by with just a few days of very little sleep (coffee was a good friend of mine!). To manage my time, I made sure that any homework I had to do was done on my nights off, or on a weekend day that I didn't have to go to school. Homework in cosmetology school is quite rare, but it does happen occasionally. Second, one of the biggest things you can do to help yourself through this schedule is to plan and prep your meals. When we are on the go constantly, we tend to fuel our bodies with "junk" food, and that can make us even more tired than we already are! Stick with easy recipes that allow you to get your prep done in just a couple hours on Sunday or Monday, whichever day starts your week. Lastly, many cosmetology schools offer part time programs, in these programs, you attend school just a few hours a night. It will take you longer to graduate, but many people choose this option because it works so well with a full time job schedule (and you get to sleep earlier than midnight!) Best of luck to you!

Kortney recommends the following next steps:

Contact the school you are interested in and see what attendance options they have (full time, part time)
Consider your work options; do you need to work full time, can you get by working part time
Confirm your goals; do you want to finish school faster, or can you take your time?

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Alexis’s Answer

My advice to you is to evaluate your own personal situation. Although I am not a Cosmetologist, part of my job is organization and time management. Review the amount of available time you have and plan accordingly. Most people have other activities or hobbies they like to participate in, this will determine how much time you have to study and give to your education. Just remember that the sky is the limit and you can achieve anything you put your mind to!

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Alexis’s Answer

My advice to you is to evaluate your own personal situation. Although I am not a Cosmetologist, part of my job is organization and time management. Review the amount of available time you have and plan accordingly. Most people have other activities or hobbies they like to participate in, this will determine how much time you have to study and give to your education. Just remember that the sky is the limit and you can achieve anything you put your mind to!

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