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Is it Too Late to Start a New Career?

Written by Admissions Team Leader, Deanna Koch

Working in the admissions department for the past 3 years, I can honestly say that it is NEVER too late to start a new career.  Throughout my experience, I have met with prospective students from all different backgrounds and am often inspired by their decision to pursue something that they love and take charge of their future.

While some of our students start their education right out of high school, we have a large amount of non-traditional students who begin their beauty and wellness careers later in life.  We even have students that retired from corporate careers and are looking for something fulfilling to do during their retirement.  Our programs are great for people of all ages, and because they are so short, they allow students to learn a new skill set in a short amount of time.  Subsequently, they are perfect for stay-at-home moms or even traditional college students on a break.

The bottom line is that it is never too late to start a new career and find a job that you love.  We are here to help you, so I would encourage anyone who is interested to take the first step and schedule a visit to our school to learn more: 414.227.2889 or Contact Us.

We recently hosted a Q & A with current Cosmetology student, Clare Censky @hairbyclarec who left her previous career to attend beauty school and follow her dreams.  Hear her unique story and discover the path that led her to attend Aveda IBW:

Q: Tell me about your education and previous work experience?

 A: I graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2012 with a degree in business and landed my first job at Kohl’s Corporate in Menomonee Falls, WI.  I worked in the buying offices for 5 years starting as an analyst in the baby department and moved up to the position of assistant buyer in both kids and junior apparel.

Q: When did you first become interested in the beauty and wellness industry?

A: I have always had a fascination with doing hair. I used to play with my mom’s hair when I was young and did all of my friend’s hair in high school. I even tried cutting my friend’s hair in the bathroom (eek!) The interest continued even throughout the years I attended UWM.

Q: Why did you choose to attend Aveda IBW?

A: The Institute of Beauty and Wellness has a great reputation in the area and Aveda has a great reputation all over the world! I fell in love with the school during the tour because it looked like a salon, not a school. After going to college, I did not want to go back to a campus. I wanted to feel like I was already in the beauty industry and this school was a great fit for that.

Q: What has been the reaction from family and friends?

A: I have had overwhelming support from my family and friends because they know this has been a dream of mine for so long.  My parents wanted me to go to a traditional college right out of high school and I am grateful for my education, but now I am going to school for something I love and they are both so excited for me.

Q: What has been the highlight of your education this far?

A: This school has taught me solid foundations that I can use when I graduate. On top of that, there are so many experiences where students get to use their own creativity and do amazing things. The Edwin Neil Contest we just had was an amazing experience where we can try crazy out-of-the-box ideas and work as a team. The “trashion” show we had in April allowed us to create our own editorial looks and do a funky, crazy updo (which are my favorite)! All of these experiences allow us to try something new without the fear of failing.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is worried that it is too late to attend beauty school or are considering a career change?

A:  I saw a painting when I was trying to determine what my next step was going to be last September.  It read, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” I knew right then and there that I wanted to pursue my long-term goal of owning a salon and attend beauty school.  I quit my job and started school two weeks later.  I do not regret that decision for a second. If you have dreams, every day you should be working to achieve them. It is never too late to start.

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