Career Laddering in the Beauty Industry

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Career Laddering in the Beauty Industry

The beauty industry has so much to offer. As a Career and Employment Consultant for the beauty industry, I am often asked, “Can someone build a career in the beauty industry?” My answer is always, “Of course!” Examples of career-building activities in the beauty industry:
  • Training on a new skin care line for Estheticians
  • Trying out new makeup lines and experimenting with different colours on your friends and family for Makeup Artists
  • Doing independent studies or researching online new trends for Nail Art for Nail Technicians
A career is considered a collection of efforts made towards a category of activities that are similar or related to one another with the purpose of earning a living. The beauty industry offers many channels to specialize in. Careers in the beauty industry are fun, exciting, and full of promise, however, like in every other industry, it is up to the individual to develop their career. PLATFORM ARTISTS A platform artist is a service provider who wears several different hats. They are performing service providers that are part educator, part entertainer, and part salesperson. They are reputable, well-known ‘gurus’ who perform on stage at beauty shows, industry events and advanced education seminars in major cities throughout the country (and sometimes throughout the world) to train, educate and entertain other service providers, beauty industry students as well as their peers. This direction of career laddering is excellent for service providers who are outgoing, enjoy living life by the moment, are looking for a higher level of responsibility without having to be tied down. A platform artist must gain and retain their audience’s attention and get them involved and thrilled about the latest styles, as they are the trendsetters who develop different methods of doing services, and often come up with new trends. Some performances are designed to promote certain product or techniques, while others are meant to motivate interested parties. Platform artists need several years of proven success as a service provider, utmost confidence, an animated personality, strong sales skills, perfected technical ability, and the desire to educate as they stimulate their audience through their public speaking. They are representatives of large corporations who market their products by demonstrating them on stage at beauty shows, industry events and advanced education seminars. Beauty shows are full of excitement and can be thought of as large fairs such as Klondike Days, specifically for the beauty industry! INSTRUCTORS Instructors teach students the practices of particular occupations in the beauty industry. This type of career laddering is great for service providers who like teaching people how to meet and exceed educational and professional standards while providing an exceptional educational environment. If you are an individual that has over time developed superior technical skills who likes mentoring and having a significant impact on people’s development and educational process, instructing might be your next career move. A beauty industry instructor teaches the theory and practice of a particular occupation to those who wish to become certified service providers. Instructors may work for a variety of cosmetology institutions, salons and spas or even advise state board of industry committees in regulated jurisdictions. Instructors must have extensive, first-hand knowledge and experience in all practices required to successfully provide services. They must be able to design a well-understood curriculum and teach theory in addition to successfully demonstrate techniques on live models and volunteers. Instructors have excellent organization and communication skills and are able to assess students’ progress and take the necessary steps to ensure their complete and effective education. Their main responsibilities in addition to designing and delivering a curriculum, they supervise and evaluate student classroom, practical, and clinic floor work while maintaining accurate records of student attendance, class participation, and testing. They are also responsible for arranging guest speakers (such as Platform Artists) when appropriate, as well as job shadows for their students. Instructors are responsible for classroom management; ensuring students compliance with school rules and regulations by enacting disciplinary actions in accordance with the schools outlined disciplinary procedures when necessary. MANAGEMENT Spa/Salon managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the establishment they manage, including finances, employees and services. This type of career laddering is perfect for people who have developed leadership skills throughout their career and like to coach and motivate people and help people set and attain career goals. Management is a great next step for service providers that like leading through inspiration, praise, and support and can gain the trust of the pack they are leading. They identify, plan, communicate and delegate appropriate responsibilities and practices to the team to ensure efficient flow of operations. Management is an excellent way to exercise leadership skills without having to invest large amounts of money, time, and effort into one’s own small business. Salons and spas differ greatly in size, from small privately owned boutiques to large health spas located in resorts and hotels around the world. In smaller spas (0-49 employees), managers often perform business tasks, as well as providing customer service while providing services to clients. In larger spas, a manager’s duties are usually concentrated on the business itself doing behind the scenes work that ensures business activities flow smoothly as clients come in for services throughout the day. General Managers of larger salons and spas have a team of supervisors/ assistants that deal with employees and customers that report to them. Managers drive the implementation of salon/spa activities by developing action plans and directly motivating and instructing the team to implement them to meet operational and organizational objectives. Duties of a salon/spa manager will vary according to the services provided by the particular establishment. Many of the job duties however are business-related including recordkeeping, tracking of all important information such as sales and inventory, monthly reporting, quarterly business review, cash management, conducting promotional campaigns meant to increase the volume of clientele, managing conflict resolution within the team and client complaints, employee work scheduling, employee training schedules, hiring and supervising employees, payroll management, and managing relationships with stakeholders. Financial responsibilities include conducting analyses of reports that identify and address trends and issues in the performance of the establishment. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS Working for yourself is the optimal promotion. It has great rewards but also comes with huge challenges. Small business owners invest and possibly risk their own money in pursuit of bringing their ideas to life. Initially, small business owners wear many different hats when managing the growth of their business but soon need to identify a team of trusted advisors whom they delegate certain tasks to. Opening a salon or spa is a way to move up the career ladder for service providers who are creative, flexible, and crave a high degree of independence and mental freedom. However, becoming a small business owner has exclusive challenges and rewards that aren’t right for everyone. You MUST be driven, disciplined, patient and ever persistent in your self-employment journey. Service providers who become small business owners must be able to identify a product or service that people need- in the beauty industry, our services and products are not primary and absolutely necessary. In fact, they are secondary necessities people buy for purposes of fulfilling the ego and self-esteem, which means business owners must be creative and exercise their business acumen when selecting and marketing their chosen services and products. You have to develop marketing skills and be able to find your own work, because it won’t fall into your lap until after you’re well established. PERSEVERANCE IS KEY. It is vital that business owners understand how to budget, keep records and handle small business taxes, as well as become familiar with employment laws if they want to hire staff. They need to evaluate strategic information and a fine focus on how to build the spa/salon’s revenue stream. Owners of small businesses often participate heavily in the day-to-day operations of their companies, leaving them less time to provide actual services to clients. Though small business owners have the utmost level of authority within their businesses, they have to work very long hours and understand that ultimately their customers are their bosses. Small businesses can grow significantly in size over time. Every small business has the potential to become a large corporation with the right planning and support. To learn more about career laddering in the beauty industry, contact Executive Spa Group, and remember, BIG THINGS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS! Executive Spa Group ‘Cultivating the Beauty Industry’ (780) 604 2772

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Alberta’s Beauty Industry: Massage Therapy Careers

Students at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy

Transition into a beauty industry career in Massage Therapy

A recent ALIS poll suggests that over half of the population is considering a return to school. Forty percent of poll participants voted that they were looking for a change in career, 10% stated they were in between jobs, while 21% said they wanted to return to school to advance their career.

This is not surprising information. I myself have experienced a career change and boy is it a breath of fresh air!

I used to have a conventional career. And while it paid well and offered great benefits, there was something missing. I didn’t look forward to going into work, it didn’t excite me, it didn’t fit me.

It was difficult to make the change. After all, I had gone to university, spent money and time on a degree, spent years building on a career that I thought I wanted when I was a teen, developed friendships at work, etc. On top of that, I had adult responsibilities- like paying rent, bills, student loans, and buying groceries and gas- you know what I’m talking about. I thought I was stuck.

But I realized, it’s true what they say- do what you love and love what you do, and then the money follows. If you are an individual who enjoys hands-on work, physical activity, learning about the body, kinesiology, muscle systems, and ways to augment physical function, a career in Massage Therapy may be for you!

Massage therapists administer massage therapy to relieve pain and symptoms of stress after assessing a client’s condition to rehabilitate the physical function of the body.

They work in many environments and can have flexible schedules. Massage therapists can be self-employed or work at spas, clinics, fitness centers, and alongside doctors, chiropractors, or other practitioners. They have the option to make their own schedule depending on the source of employment.

Massage therapy is an excellent career option with an easy transitional period thanks to MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy. MH Vicars offers a full time 2200-hr independent study program where you come in for 4 days/month! You can choose to come in during one weekend of the month from Thursday to Sunday 9-5 or every Tuesday 9-5 throughout your program. This school is designed for mature students who are already working and seeking a change in career.

Unlike other provinces, Massage therapy is a self-regulated industry in Alberta, meaning that Alberta has not regulated Massage Therapy and therefore schools are not required by law to include standard practices in their curriculums. It is professional associations that seem to dictate the future of massage therapy in Alberta for now, and currently, they are stating 2200 hours is the requirement for insurance billing.

When you get your diploma from MH Vicars, you can have peace of mind knowing that your education will be more easily transferrable to other provinces with professional regulation (British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick) by the Canadian Consortium of Massage Therapy Regulators (CCMTR), in addition to meeting the requirements of the professional associations in Alberta. Best of all, all students are eligible for student loans and grants.

So whether Massage Therapy is your Plan A or your Plan B, MH Vicars makes your massage therapy career attainable and affordable!

Contact ESG to learn more.
(780) 604 2772

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What is the BEST beauty career?

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How do I decide?

Consider this before investing in a beauty industry career. Despite what service attracts you the most, your success in the skills you choose will be self-directed. To clarify, there is more than mastering a skill to reap the benefits of a beauty career.

3 reasons why you want a beauty career.

The beauty about a beauty careers is that they are all boundary-less.

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.

According to Bird, there are 3 principles to the Boundaryless Career:

1. The Boundaryless Career is self-directed.

The beauty industry is not for everyone. 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! For example, creating professional accounts on social media platforms will help you reach new clients.

2. The Boundaryless Career is ill-structured.

Progress, success, and advancement comes from learning and mastering technical skills, meeting new people, and collaborating with new groups. Beauty careers can be very exciting if you do it right!

Above all, 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.

Moreover, there is a very attractive flexibility to the beauty industry. Some employers offer 9-5 hours, however, many employers offer flexibility on work schedules due to evening and weekend work. This outside-the-box scheduling allows you more control of time.

3. The Boundaryless Career has psychological benefits and costs.

Some psychological benefits are creativity and self-expression. Beauty careers allow you to express yourself in ways you wouldn’t dream of in conventional careers! Exploring new techniques to 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.

Other psychological benefits

In addition, you can gain even greater control by working on commission. In this arrangement, you are better able to influence your income and schedule- a psychological benefit that comes from the independence and freedom a career in the beauty industry provides.

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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How can I change to a career in beauty?

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Changing Careers After 30

Changing careers is more common than you may think. Why do we hear about people having more than one career these days? I have a theory based on observations, my knowledge of human behaviour, and my understanding of social psychology. I believe we go through multiple career changes these days due to an abundance of career options.

Where do I start?

There are several ways to enter the industry, but first we recommend becoming fully informed before making life-changing decisions. This is why beauty career exploring should be done alongside ESG.

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 among many factors, for example, interests, abilities, work values, personal values, and future life plans.

Career Satisfaction

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.

At ESG, we specialize in beauty industry careers. If you are thinking about changing careers. furthering your education, or transitioning back to employment, we can provide industry information and career and employment consulting to help you make the right decision.

Use our online TRAINING 411 Beauty Educator directory to help you get started!

(780) 604-2772 (Call or Text)

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