For 32 years, Tony Promiscuo has been working hard at his career in cosmetology, as a student and cosmetologist, and as a hair designer and salon owner. When he was young, he decided that he had no desire to go to college. "I didn't want to have to be in a suit or in an office all day," explains Promiscuo. "I really wanted to interact with people and be able to listen to music all day." At the time, cosmetology schools were just starting to grow, as haircutting became a craft.
The primary function of most cosmetology schools, says Promiscuo, is to prep you for the state board exam. However, some of the better cosmetology schools, like the one he attended at The International University of Cosmetology (Atlanta, GA), also "give you insight into the business and offer advanced training."
At cosmetology schools, you learn theory, principles and concepts. And for even more in-depth training, Promiscuo went to the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London to learn discipline, which he stresses as the most important part of making his career in cosmetology.
Cosmetology Schools Launch Careers In 1981, after completing his studies at both cosmetology schools, Promiscuo opened his own salon in Atlanta, the Godiva Salon, and after just two years he outgrew the site to one three times the size. Today they continue to serve the community and are even looking to expand again. His cosmetology degree isn't the only key to his success. He says he has the nicest group of people working for him and that customers always comment that it is a "fun place to be."
Promiscuo describes his career in cosmetology to be "one of the coolest careers" because he has the opportunity to "change the way people feel about themselves." He says that those looking into a career in cosmetology should have a balance of the left and right sides of the brain. "The job is both technical and creative; you need discipline and art," he says.
Those with degrees from cosmetology schools can expect jobs to grow about as fast as the average by the year 2014, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, jobs in higher paid salons will be very competitive. Promiscuo says that he most values those who have studied at one of the Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools because graduates come out with the experience equivalent of someone who has spent two or three years in a career in cosmetology.
Cosmetology schools offer career opportunities with other perks, too. For instance, Promiscuo has worked on some famous people, he says, and some local television and radio personalities. He spends most of his time traveling the world, speaking to students, and teaching classes at cosmetology schools.
Promiscuo is just furthering his career in cosmetology by living his philosophy: "Making the world a more beautiful place, one person at a time."
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