Your time in school may seem like it drags on, but before you know it, you’ll be out in the real world, seeing clients and growing your business. Making the most of your time when you’re surrounded by your classmates and teachers will help set you up for a successful career.
In school, you can experiment with different trends in the industry while having a teacher nearby to jump in when you have questions or need help. Leaning on your classmates will also help you build confidence in your practice. Trying out a new technique on a friend is gonna be a lot less scary than trying something new on a client.
If you’re just starting out in school or even if you’re halfway through, here are some tips to make the most of your time.
Take Notes That You Can Use Later
Even if it seems boring, taking detailed notes can come in handy later on in your career. For example, if you’re learning about something in class that is confusing or difficult to understand, take as many notes as possible and turn that into a cheat sheet. Once you’re in the treatment room you can keep this cheat sheet close by to reference.
Similarly, if there is a topic you’re especially interested in and it comes naturally to you, taking notes will help you grow as a professional.
Follow Industry Professional for Inspiration
One of the easiest ways to learn and grow as a student is to look to seasoned professionals for inspiration. Find estheticians, manicurists, and other beauty professionals that are known in the field and follow them on social media. Their years of experience will spark interest in you and you might learn about a new trend that’s not mentioned in your textbooks.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to these professionals either. You might find yourself a mentor that will help you cultivate your skills.
Test Out Different Product Lines
Although you might not be able to tell the difference between types of products and product lines, it doesn't hurt to test things out as a student. Getting familiar with different ingredients and formulas will help you better understand what you’re learning in your theory classes.
You may notice certain product lines work better than others. This is valuable information that will help you if you have to choose a brand to use in your future business.
Focus on Collaboration Over Competition
As a student, you’ll be spending almost every day with your future colleagues. Creating strong, positive relationships and focusing on friendships instead of competition will lead to a more productive career.
The time you spend in class with your classmates and ith your teachers will be over sooner than you think. Take the time to soak up all you can, learn from your peers and ask all the questions.
After graduation it will be much harder to experiment and research new trends, so don’t take it for granted.