May 24, 2024

Interview About A Career in Cosmetology after La’ James

In this interview with Jessica Howe, our Director of Social Media, we discuss questions we often hear about a career in cosmetology.

INTERVIEWER: What is it like starting a brand new career in cosmetology after graduating from La’ James with a cosmetology degree? 

Jessica Howe: Starting a career in cosmetology after graduating from La’ James International College with a cosmetology degree is an exciting and different experience for everyone:

Personalize Career Paths: Every graduate has a unique journey in their cosmetology career. Some may choose to pursue opportunities in traditional salon settings, while others may opt for freelance work, entrepreneurship, or specialized niches within the beauty industry. We encourage our graduates to explore different career paths and find the direction that aligns best with their interests, skills, and goals.

Support and Guidance: Transitioning into a new career can be daunting, but our graduates receive ongoing support and guidance. Whether it’s navigating job opportunities, preparing for interviews, or launching their businesses, we provide the resources and mentorship needed to help our graduates succeed in their cosmetology careers.


INT: In what sorts of businesses do most students work once they’ve completed their degree at La’ James?

JH: Once students complete their degree at La’ James International College, the types of businesses they work in vary based on their career goals, aspirations, and level of experience.

Salons and Spas: Many graduates initially begin their careers by working in established salons or spas, gaining hands-on experience, building their clientele, and honing their skills. This provides a solid foundation and allows them to learn from experienced professionals in a supportive environment.

Entrepreneurship: As graduates gain experience and confidence in their skills, some choose to pursue entrepreneurship and open their salons or spas. Becoming salon owners allows them to create their unique brand, establish their own work culture, and have greater control over their careers.

Platform Artists: Some graduates aspire to become platform artists, showcasing their talent and expertise at beauty events, trade shows, and educational seminars. This role involves demonstrating techniques, promoting products, and inspiring fellow professionals within the beauty industry.

Product Companies: Graduates may also explore opportunities to work with product companies as educators, sales representatives, or brand ambassadors. This role involves promoting and selling beauty products, conducting training sessions, and representing the brand at events and trade shows.

Massage Therapy Practices: For graduates specializing in massage therapy, career opportunities include working in spas, wellness centers, chiropractic offices, or even starting their private practice. They may offer a range of massage modalities to address client’s needs and promote overall wellness.

The career paths of La’ James International College graduates are diverse and adaptable, allowing them to pursue opportunities that align with their interests, skills, and aspirations at different stages of their careers. Whether working in established businesses, pursuing entrepreneurship, or exploring specialized roles within the beauty industry, our graduates are well-equipped to thrive and make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields.


INT: What career support and placement services does La James International College provide its graduates?

JH: Our mission is to enroll, educate, graduate, and place! We offer career placement assistance, connecting graduates with job openings in salons, spas, wellness centers, and other relevant businesses within the beauty industry.

We maintain a large network of industry partnerships, allowing us to refer qualified graduates to potential employers. Whether it’s through job postings, referrals, or networking events, we actively help graduates identify and pursue career opportunities that align with their skills, interests, and goals.

We believe in the importance of lifelong learning and professional development. That’s why we offer free Continuing Education (ConEd) for life to our graduates. This enables them to stay updated with the latest trends, techniques, and industry standards, maintain their licensure requirements, and enhance their skills throughout their careers.

We assist our students/graduates with resume writing, cover letter development, and interview preparation. We help graduates effectively showcase their skills, experiences, and qualifications to potential employers, increasing their chances of securing employment in the competitive beauty industry.

La James International College is dedicated to empowering our graduates with the resources, guidance, and support they need to succeed in their chosen careers in the beauty industry. From career placement assistance to lifelong learning opportunities, we are committed to helping our graduates achieve their professional goals and thrive in their careers.


INT: What have been the most rewarding aspects of working at La’ James for you?  

JH: One of the most rewarding aspects of working at La’ James International College is witnessing the growth and transformation of our students. It’s incredibly fulfilling to see how far they’ve come from the moment they first walked through our doors to where they are now.

Watching our students evolve, both personally and professionally, as they progress through their education and training is truly inspiring. Witnessing their dedication, hard work, and passion for the beauty industry pay off as they become successful graduates is immensely gratifying.

Furthermore, knowing that we’ve played a role, no matter how small, in shaping their educational journey and helping them achieve their goals is incredibly rewarding. Seeing our students graduate with confidence, knowledge, and the skills they need to pursue fulfilling careers in the beauty industry is a testament to the impact of our work at La’ James International College.

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