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I'm an architectural student but I want to cross over to cosmetology

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I have always loved the idea of owning a spa but for some reasons I ended up studying architecture. I thought I could still study for cosmetology at least on a minimal level but it turns out architecture is taking all my time.
I want to stop studying architecture and focus on what I had in mind before. I've concluded my 2nd year in the university. The thing is I don't know if this a step I should take. #business #architecture #counselor #cosmetologist #beautician #spa

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Mai’s Answer


The architecture field isn't an automatic paycheck either. If you don't have the passion and portfolio to show your understanding you're not going to make it in this field either. These are both art fields. What do you feel most passionate about? Go with what that tells you. Cosmetology is a 1 year program, architecture is 5 plus. Don't forget about interning, building your way up and getting licensed. Architects sleep and breath architecture. It's a commitment, especially in school. If you're sleeping 8 hours a night while in school it's probably not for you.

Wael’s Answer


Bolu, I am going to be blunt with you. Cosmetology is a make or brake kind of business. If you become popular you might make it and get some good money out of it. If you don't get popular, you won't make good money out of it. On the other hand, architecture is going to give you a predictable future with a very predictable paycheck.

Thank you, I'll continue with architecture then, probably after my Msc. I can now divert to cosmetology, incase this doesn't work-I can face architecture as my occupation squarely. Bolu M.
I hope you the best with your journey. Wael Al-Rihawi

Mitchell’s Answer


I agree with Mai: there are no guaranteed paychecks. Whatever field you choose, you will be competing for jobs and will need to be as good as you can be. If you're heart's not in it, it's much harder to be great at it for the long run. If you love it, you're more likely to work at getting better and better at it. Cosmetology is a skill that you can take almost anywhere in the world and find work. It can't be outsourced to a cheaper provider in another state or country. And while the day may come when it may be automated, I don't think anyone is going to be sticking their head in a hair-styling robot anytime soon. Your skills, talent, and determination will likely determine whether you work at a walk-in chain or own your own salon/spa. It's not easy by any means, but neither is archictecture.

Fabiola’s Answer

Bolu, I agree with Wael. I know society tells you to pursue your dreams, but it is always good to have a backup plan. After you finish architecture, you can always go to cosmetology school. Maybe you can even specialize as an architect who only design beauty salons! :-)
I had the same problem you had. I was in architecture school but loved art and teaching. After graduating, I made a living doing murals (love it!) and got a specialization in teaching. I was able to work in Interior Design, a little bit of Architecture and now I work in academics.
Good luck to you!!