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The author, Silvia Sanchez, graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in Psychology and has over 15 years of experience in the career-consulting field.

Boundaryless Beauty Careers

Alberta’s Beauty Industry: Boundaryless Beauty Careers

What is a boundaryless career? Allan Bird, Professor of Global Business, Northeastern University, defines it as a career path in which individuals must engineer their work lives on their own. It has been ESG’s observation that this in fact describes beauty careers. We will use this model to shed new light on the reality of beauty careers in Alberta. According to Bird, there are 3 principles to the Boundaryless Career:
    • The Boundaryless Career is ill-structured.
Unlike conventional careers, in the beauty industry, progress, success, or advancement comes from mastering your skills, learning new ones, meeting new people, and networking and collaborating with new groups. Beauty careers can be very exciting if you do it right! Having great people skills is important. You don’t have to possess an outgoing personality, but because you direct your own career, you must be personable with the people you meet throughout your career.
    • The Boundaryless Career is self-directed.
The beauty industry is not for everyone. If you like to play around with hair and makeup, that’s not enough to be a Professional Makeup Artist or Hair Stylist. It takes more than providing a good service to succeed in this industry. You must also have a sense of self-direction, self-motivation, and of course, an entrepreneurial spirit! The beauty industry is not for delicate wallflowers. Networking is a fun and necessary part of the job. Attending parties, events, social gatherings, and having a strong social media presence are the best ways to network…at least for an extravert!
    • The Boundaryless Career has psychological benefits and costs.
There is a very attractive flexibility to the beauty industry. Some employers offer 9-5 hours, however, most employers are able to offer flexibility on work schedules due to evening and weekend work. This outside-the-box scheduling allows us to be more in control of the time we spend with our family and friends. Even more appealing, we can gain greater control by working on commission. In this arrangement, we are better able to influence our income and our schedule, a psychological benefit that comes from the independence and freedom a career in the beauty industry provides. Other psychological benefits are creativity and self-expression. The beauty industry allows you to express yourself in ways you wouldn’t dream of in conservative careers! Mastering your skills as you explore new techniques and bring your ideas to life in your services are ways to attain new levels of success in the beauty industry. Self expression is an excellent way to promote yourself as a service provider. After all, your presentation speaks for your work. As you can see, Alberta’s beauty industry offers exciting beauty careers for those who possess the right qualities!

Do you?

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ESG Beauty Industry Career Consulting

Beauty Industry Careers- Fun, Exciting, Rewarding!

Beauty Industry Careers- It’s Best to Get it Right the First Time 😉

Why do we hear about people having more than one career these days? I have a theory… it might be a little out there. I’d like to start with a caveat: This is my professional opinion, based on my observations, my knowledge of human behavior, and my understanding of social psychology. I believe the reason we go through multiple career changes these days is due to the complexity of our lives and a new abundance of career options. Allow me to elaborate…

We are living in some pretty complicated times. We’re living in an ever-changing world where we are bombarded with information and situations. Our life experiences have become more complex- we face new challenges and have the freedom to make our own decisions. For example, as a Canadian woman, I have had copious amounts of opportunities for independence. My mother on the other hand, due to cultural and generational factors, has lived a different-nonetheless-happy life.

Today, we are free to decide on a career, free to love our jobs, and free to build the career of our dreams. Unfortunately, we also have many new distractions such as social media and traveling technology (the cellphones, iPads and tablets that we ignore our loved ones with when they’re trying to spend time with us ☺). In addition, we have too many choices. It’s easy to decide between 2 or 3 options. But when our options are almost unlimited, our brains are over stimulated and have to process too much information to focus on one thing!

This is why career exploring should be done alongside an expert. We are able to ask the right questions to help you map out your future based on your past and present life experience. For example, when we meet with clients considering a career in the beauty industry, we talk more than just work. We believe choosing a career is dependent amongst many factors, for example, interests, abilities, work values, personal values, and future life plans.

If your work values are not parallel to your personal values, it is only a matter of time before you decide no amount of money is worth your time there. Because of this, we like to ask questions with different options for you to choose from. For example, we may ask you what is most important to you in a career, and give you the following options to choose from: high achievement, independence, creativity, or good salary.

Sometimes these types of questions do not work because as human beings, we subconsciously answer what we wish we preferred and not what we actually prefer! But don’t you worry, at ESG, we are students of human psychology and our methods were developed to work around this!

At ESG, we specialize in beauty industry careers. If you are thinking about furthering your education, transitioning back to employment, or changing career paths, we can provide industry information and career and employment consulting to help you make the right decision. There are several ways to enter the industry, but first, let’s make sure you are fully informed before making the beauty industry in Alberta your new career 😉

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