Thinking About Beauty School? Take a Tour!

Thinking about beauty school? Take a tour!Are you thinking of a career in beauty?

No matter if you have known this is your future for a while, or if it is a newer idea that has taken hold, one of the first things you will need to do when pursuing a career in beauty is find a school. A good school will do more than just give you the knowledge you need to sit for the state boards, a school should empower you to reach your dreams and arm you with the skills to accomplish them. The right school may even feel like a home surrounded by staff and students that will quickly become family.

Finding all of that from websites and social media can sometimes feel impossible, which is one of the reasons we suggest all potential beauty students take a tour of their top schools.

At Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Chubbuck we want every future beauty professional to find the school that is right for them. That’s why we have put together some of the best tips to help future students on their tour, complete with an interactive checklist!

Take this list with you on your next school tour (we’ve even included it as an infographic you can download!), or click the list headings to learn more about why these questions are important for you to be able to answer.

Schedule your tour at ESI Chubbuck today, and make sure to check out the tips below.

Culture

Get a feel for school values, the atmosphere, and what your day-to-day as a student will look like.

  • Tell me about a typical day as a student here.
  • Do you hold any fundraisers or activities for the community?
  • Do you hold any student competitions or activities?

Schedule

The right school isn’t the right school if it doesn’t fit into your schedule.

  • Do you have half-time or full-time classes available?
  • What school hours are required for those schedules?
  • What days are required for those schedules?
  • What are the hours like in the Student Salon Training Area?

Background Info

This is more than just the school’s history. Understand the background of those you will be learning from.

  • When was your school founded?
  • Where did some of your educators go to school?
  • What types of things has the staff done in their careers?
  • What makes you the most proud of your school?

Financial Options

Make sure you have a plan to finance your future! See what options the school has to help you on your way.*

  • Do you offer federal financial aid?
  • What scholarships or grants do you have available?
  • Who is available to answer questions about the application process?
  • Do you have any payment plans if I am paying out of pocket?

Education

You’ll also want to make sure you will be able to learn the services clients are asking for today!

  • Do you offer additional courses in trending styles?
  • Do your educators stay up to date with styles and trends?
  • Are students able to practice skills on trending and popular styles?

Dig Deeper

These aren’t questions to ask on your tour, but they are great recommendations to help you dig deeper into learning what school is best for you!

  • Schedule a visit to chat with local salon owners
  • Get a service at your possible school to get a feel for its atmosphere
  • Read reviews from students and clients

Finding the Right School for You

Elevate Salon Institute School

The next six to 17months of your life will be spent behind the doors of whatever facility you choose. While that time table can shift and change depending on program and scheduling, the staff and students will likely become like a second family to you. Which is why finding the right fit for you is important.

 

Everything from the school’s culture, branding, and financial aid options can make a difference. It’s important to know your desires in order to find the perfect school for you.

  • Culture

    The traditions, values, and attitudes of students and staff all impact the culture of a school. While on your tour you should be able to get a feel for the atmosphere and mood of a school. In addition to that there are a few things you can watch out for while you are there.

    How do the educators interact with the students? Do staff and students seem comfortable in their surroundings? Are there things that the school does that sets them apart from other schools in the area?

    If while you are there you feel excited and eager to return, chances are high that the school’s culture will fit well with your personal goals.

    Here are some questions to ask to help define a school’s culture.

    1. Tell me about a typical day as a student here.
    2. Do you hold any fundraisers or activities for the community?
    3. Do you hold any student competitions or activities?
    4. What expectations does the school have for its students?
  • Schedule

    Are you going to be working while you go to school? Do you have kids or other family members that rely on you? No matter what your answers to these questions, you are going to want to make sure that you understand the schedules that each school offers to know that it works with your needs.

    Before you head in for your tour, take a moment and write out your current schedule and responsibilities. Doing this will help you to know what type of schedule will work best for you.

    At ESI Chubbuck we offer both full-time and half-time classes in many of our programs, giving you the opportunity to make a career in beauty possible.

    Here are a few questions that you can ask about schedules.

    1. Do you have half-time or full-time classes available?
    2. What school hours are required for those schedules?
    3. What days are required for those schedules?
    4. What are the hours like in the Student Salon Training Area?
  • Background

    The background of the school means more than just the history of the facility. It’s the education of the owners and staff as well as the accomplishments they have achieved through their careers.

    To fully understand the background of the school, don’t forget to get the answers to these questions.

    1. Do you have half-time or full-time classes available?
    2. What are school hours are required for those schedules?
    3. What days are required for those schedules?
    4. What are the hours like in the Student Salon Training Area?
  • Background

    The background of the school means more than just the history of the facility. It’s the education of the owners and staff as well as the accomplishments they have acheived through their careers.

    To fully understand the background of the school, don’t forget to get the answers to these questions.

    1. When was your school founded?
    2. Where did some of your educators go to school?
    3. What types of things has the staff done in their careers?
    4. What makes you the most proud of your school?
  • Financial Aid Options*

    Paying for school out-of-pocket isn’t always an option. In fact, over two-thirds of students utilize some form of financial aid to help pay for their schooling. While many financial aid opportunities are only available when certain qualifications are met, that shouldn’t deter you from applying.

    At ESI Chubbuck we offer federal aid to those that qualify. In addition, scholarships and grants are available to those who qualify, giving you even more opportunities to finance your beautiful future.

    When on your tour make sure to get the answers to the following questions to help you understand all of the financial aid options.

    1. Do you offer federal financial aid?
    2. What scholarships or grants do you have available?
    3. Who is available to answer questions about the application process?
    4. Do you have any payment plans if I am paying out of pocket?

Working Toward the Future You Want

classes at Elevate Salon Institute

When pursuing a career in beauty, you may already have some idea on where you want your future to lead. From movie makeup to photography, to working in a high-end salon, the possibilities are endless!

It’s important to find a school that will include an education that will help you build the skills needed for your future career, and that has the focus and support to see you get there. Take a moment to visualize what you want for yourself, write down your goals, and keep those in mind when you journey into each school on your list.

An Education in Business

When pursuing a career in beauty it is important to develop an understanding of business management. Even if you have no plans to own your own salon in the future, understanding budgeting, pricing, money management and sales are cornerstones to creating a foundation for a successful future.

Be sure to ask about the business education offered at each school and make sure that the lessons offered align with your goals for your future.

  1. Do you use an additional business based curriculum in your programs?
  2. What focuses does your business education have?
  • Extra Focuses and Lessons

    Ombre. Balayage. Barber skills. Dry cutting. Pastels. The beauty industry is constantly changing with new trends and styles being created almost daily. Clients want these skills, which is why it’s important to find a school that not only lets you discover your own ability and specialty but also trains in these highly sought after looks.

    At ESI Chubbuck, we believe in giving students room to discover their own signature brand, all while learning and practicing the skills that clients want.

    Discover how a school supports student goals and current trends with some of these questions.

  1. Do you offer additional courses in trending styles?
  2. Do your educators stay up to date with styles and trends?
  3. Are students able to practice skills on trending and popular styles?
  • Branding and Affiliations

    In addition to curriculum and extra practices, many schools also align themselves with brands and affiliates to help provide a higher standard of education. These associations can bring greater product knowledge to the student as well as greater requirements for facilities and instructor training.

    At ESI Chubbuck we are proud to not only be accredited with the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences(NACCAS) but to be a part of the Elevate Salon Institute family. Being part of ESI means that we are among the first cosmetology schools in the United States to be recognized for excellence by L’Oréal Professionnel.

    This relationship gives our school and our students first hand access to the L’Oréal Professionnel line and the training offered through this amazing brand.

Dig Deeper

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So you have taken some tours and are surrounded by notes and answers to questions. Through all of these tours, one school might have floated to the top of all the rest, you may even feel ready to make your decision. Don’t be hasty! It is important to dig a little deeper to get the full picture of a school, their history, and their reputation.

To help you build the full picture of each school you visit we have created a list of some things you can do to help you fully understand each facility and make your decision.

Read below to discover how to dig deeper and find info others may have overlooked.

  • Speak to Salon Owners

    Local salon owners are the ground zero for understanding a salon’s viability. Not only do they work with the schools, but they interview and even hire the students that graduate from their facilities.

    Speaking with salon owners can give you insight into the education that students graduate with, the preparedness of those students, and many other factors. Schedule a time to sit down with a few salon owners in your area and ask the hard questions.

    As an added bonus, scheduling these meetings can help you to begin building relationships with local salons, something that can help you when it’s your turn to graduate.

  • Get a Service

    Taking a tour is great, but often potential students find themselves in want of more. Scheduling your own visit to the student salon training area can be a good way to do that. Book a moisturizing service or a facial and take the time to watch the students and educators in action. Witness their skills for yourself and speak to them about their experience at the school.

    This type of interaction can really help you to see a school from the inside out, and give you further input for making a decision.

  • Read Reviews

    Former students, current students, salon clients, they all leave reviews, and those reviews can help you to build a picture of what the school is like. How are their reviews? Do people seem happy? Do students seem skilled? These are all important questions, but even more important is the professionalism of the school.

    Every school gets some negative reviews, but those reviews don’t reflect the full makeup of the school. How the school handles those reviews can really give you an insight into the professionalism and decorum of a school.

No matter which school stands out to you, at ESI Chubbuck we hope you will choose the one that will help you reach your dreams.

Are you ready to schedule your tour with us? At ESI Chubbuck we would love to welcome you to our school and show you how our curriculum, and the rich tradition that fuels us, can help you reach your goals.

Embrace your beautiful potential at ESI Chubbuck.

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify

Hover over the image and click the button with a paper and arrow to download this infographic for your next tour!