You’re ready to take the next big step in a cosmetology career – exploring schools. Beauty school tours are an opportunity that shouldn’t simply be about sightseeing. Let’s go over how to approach these all-important events.
What should I take on my beauty school tour?
Come to the tour prepared. You will want to bring:
- Photo ID
- High school diploma or GED
- Social security card
- Birth certificate
Take along something for keeping notes (notebook, pen, phone). If your guide gives the okay, take pictures. Your support system should accompany you too. That’s a friend, family member or mentor who’s given their ear.
Lastly, if you’re sure about this move, begin the financial aid process as soon as you can.
What should I keep an eye out for?
While it may be difficult to take in a school’s entire landscape in a single visit, you must see value in the school’s culture. The people you meet, from students to instructors and counselors, could play a vital role in your future. Any individual you encounter could be a future connection.
If the school gives off a strong sense of comfort and inspiration, you may be looking at a solid fit.
What should I wear?
Dress like you’re going to a job interview. We’re not necessarily talking formal, but professional, comfortable, and casual always impress.
How long are beauty school tours?
Expect esthetics school tours to take at least an hour. They could be shorter or longer. It’s a good idea to not schedule anything too close to the tour or to set up more than two on any single day.
Questions to Ask on Your Tour
While exploring, it’s also important to learn. Here are questions you want answered to help you make the best decision:
- Is this school accredited?
- What are the requirements for applying?
- What’s a typical day like?
- How much is the program’s tuition?
- Do I need a down payment?
- Are there student loans, grants, or other financial aid to help pay tuition?
- How long is the program?
- What types of curriculum does the school use?
- Is there a student kit and what’s included?
- Does your school have field trips or guest educators?
- How does the school prepare students for state board examinations?
- Does this school offer job placement or career services?
Getting the answers will be invaluable. You want a school that’s going to assist you in your growth and goals.
While you should have your questions ready, be just as prepared to answer them. Here are topics the staff may want to know about:
- Your future beauty goals
- Your interest in that particular school
- Your beauty regimen and/or if you have any experience in the field
The final thing on your checklist is to get a good night’s rest before the beauty school tour. You want to go in refreshed. You want to be at your most positive! That’s a lot easier if you’re alert and ready. Be sure to confirm your tour time and if there’s anything you might want to bring