Did you know that some people attend cosmetology school just to become instructors? I have often heard people say that instructors choose their profession because of failed attempts as salon professionals. This paradigm puts a negative label on cosmetology instructors and down plays the importance of an instructor’s role.
Dedicated cosmetology instructors choose to work in schools for various reasons. Just think about where you would be without the knowledge and encouragement of a former instructor. Perhaps you too can offer the same helping hand to future professionals by supplementing your current beauty career role. Here's what it takes to become an instructor:
Cosmetology instructors work at beauty schools to help prepare students for a professional career within the cosmetology industry. They are licensed cosmetologists who have taken additional classes and exams to become instructors. Many times instructors are mentors to students and have a key position in shaping the careers of future professionals.
Instructors facilitate both practical techniques and written course work. Many schools have day and night classes which gives instructors an optional work schedule. Assisting students in finding jobs, providing feedback, grading assignments, participating in student shows and events, and managing classroom and clinic operations are among their many job duties. Some weekend work may be required.
Must be a licensed cosmetology instructor
Must possess two or more years of salon experience
Excellent problem solving skills
Good verbal and written communication skills
Experience presenting classes and workshops
Making the Cut
Each school has a different look, feel, and philosophy. However, they all have one goal in mind: to prepare students for a career in the cosmetology industry. I’ve interviewed potential instructors and searched for someone who not only had a passion for teaching, but also possessed a passion for learning. Know that you will learn as much from the students as they’ll learn from you. Develop exceptional training methods and let interviewers know that students will be captured because of your interest and love for what you do.