September 2009

Lisa Kind - Editor

From the Editor | Lisa Kind


Advancing Your Education and Career

On any chosen path, further education than just the required is important to advance your career. In cosmetology, it is essential.

With all the tools, products and techniques constantly changing with each new trend, continually educating ourselves is just part of the norm.

In this day and age, advanced education is easily accessible for everyone; anyone can go to trade shows or seminars, or from business coaching and academies.

Jerry Tyler believes the active pursuit, constant and never-ending of educating one self is what keeps a successful individual or business growing. The passion to continually educate yourself is part of who you are. Applying what you learn in both your professional and personal development will lead to success in all areas of your life.

The fact that continuing education is not required by all states is irrelevant; it shouldn’t be an option if you want to be successful in your career. The fact is, more schools are beginning to offer advanced classes to help even estheticians improve their skills.

Judy Culp highlights one example of moving towards a higher standard. The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA) position is to require all states have regulations of a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education before an esthetician can renew their license. Becoming NCEA Certified shows you are serious about skincare and serious about your career.

Having good business knowledge and skills is evident for the majority of any salon’s success. Often, salon owners will have the creative, technical side covered but could use some help from a business coach. Read an example of one coaching program that provides accountability, encouragement and support.

With the fall show season upon us, professional beauty trade shows and the advanced education they offer are in abundance. There’s no excuse for not participating. But with the energy of the trade show floor it is easy to get off-track from the reason you are attending. Charlene Abretske offers some simple ideas on how to plan your trade show attendance and stick to it. She suggests sticking to your guns, know your budget and don’t deviate from it.

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Whatever advanced education you choose, give yourself a pat on the back for growing.

Lisa Kind,