How To Choose The Career That’s Right For You

How To Choose The Career That’s Right For You

When the time comes for you to decide what you want to do to make a living, it’s important to remember that a career is more than just a job that pays the bills. It’s a way to express yourself and utilize your talents and skills. A career should be something you enjoy. Something that completes you. You need to learn about the responsibilities, skills, employment opportunities, and training or education requirements prior to pursuing a specific career. Follow these steps to narrow potential career options:

1. Assess yourself – Each individual has different goals, talents, interests, and values. In other words, there are certain careers each individual should not pursue and others where they’d excel and be satisfied. Determine what you would enjoy and excel at by taking career assessments, receiving career counseling, and conducting thorough self-evaluation.

2. Make a list of potential occupations – After conducting some self-assessment, it should be apparent the types of careers you should pursue. It is not possible to pursue each one, so the list should be used to determine where to begin your career search. Select 5 or 10 careers and create a new list with these choices. When making your choices, select jobs that interest you, are recommended following career assessment tests, and ones matching your skill set.

3. Explore the options – Learn about each potential career after narrowing your list. Be sure to learn about educational or training requirements, job duties, employment outlook, annual earnings, and promotion opportunities. Information can be obtained from the Internet, but try to meet with a professional in each field to obtain in-depth details about each profession. If you not know professionals in these fields, contact willing participants and schedule informational interviews. However, you will probably find that you have relatives, colleagues, and school mates currently working in fields that interest you. During an informational interview, collect details about annual salary, employment prospects, and entry-level employment requirements. It’s not recommended to request employment during these interviews, but take advantage of networking opportunities.

4. Narrow down your list – Eliminate careers that no longer interest you after thoroughly reviewing each one. Many people become dissuaded from pursuing a career after learning about education requirements, annual earnings, and declining industry growth. Once you’ve become acquainted with each career, narrow your list to 1-2 options.

5. Set goals – After your list has been narrowed, establish attainable goals. You should be informed enough to establish short and long term goals. Typically, short-term goals can be met between 1-3 years and long-term between 3-5 years. It will not be easy reaching each goal, so be prepared to work hard, make adjustments when necessary, and remain committed. Goals are typically achievable when they’re defined, flexible, realistic, and attainable within a specified time period.

6. Create a career action plan – Once you’ve established career goals, begin developing a career action plan consisting of goals and specific steps to reach them. Additionally, career action plans contain possible obstacles, steps to address them, and resources that can be utilized when assistance is needed. This plan will clearly define how you will receive required training or education, obtain employment, and develop professionally once you’ve begun your career.

7. Obtain training – Obtaining required career training will probably consume the majority of your time and efforts as you pursue a career. Depending on the profession, you may be required to earn a college degree, complete vocational training, learn new skills, or complete an apprentice or internship.

Are you creative, outgoing, love to help others feel great about themselves? These are just a few of the qualities of successful people in the beauty and wellness industry. Learn more about these amazing careers by clicking back to our programs page, or give us a call at 701-478-1772.

The TSPA Advantage

The TSPA Advantage

At TSPA, we go far beyond teaching you about cosmetology, massage therapy, esthetics and nails. We also teach you how to market yourself and run a business.

Part of our business education program involves designing your own salon or spa, and branding it. We feel that “If you dream it, you can achieve it!” Our students have come up with some amazing designs and branding schemes over the years, and we are confident that some will become reality.

Our students enjoy presentation day, when everyone gets to see the creative branding and designs. That’s all great, but we also teach our students how to come up with a budget and business plan in order to make their dream a reality some day.

 

This is not only a fun assignment, it also teaches our students what it takes to launch and run a successful business. It also allows our students to unleash their creativity and imagination, away from the salon training area.

  This is another example of how TSPA  programs are designed to train students for much more than passing the state boards. We develop the entire salon/spa professional with great technical ability, business & marketing training, and the guest handling skills that are in high demand by top salons and spas. We are growing salon and spa leaders, one student at a time.

This Is The Salon Professional Academy

This Is TSPA

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a student at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA)?

What’s it like? What do you do every day? What programs are available? Is it fun? Do I get hands-on training? What are the teachers like? Do you get to work on actual people? Is there housing nearby? Do you use state-of-the-art equipment, tools & technology?

It’s really hard to answer with only words, so…..Watch This!

The Salon Professional Academy offers programs leading to amazing careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology.

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There are so many factors to consider when selecting the school that will change your life by leading your way to a fun, fulfilling and lucrative career. It’s one of the most important decisions you will make as you graduate from high school, or change careers later in life.

At TSPA, we think learning should be fun and rewarding. Sure,  you will have to spend time in the classroom before you get to work on real people, but that can be fun too. Our educators know what it’s like to be a student, so they also know how to make learning fun. From your first day in the classroom, through your first practice on a mannequin, to your debut working on guests in the salon or spa, our educators will personally guide you.

We’ll teach you to be confident, competent and creative.

Technical skills are very important to us, but they are only the beginning of your education here at TSPA. You will gain important business skills, marketing skills, and customer service skills that will give you a major advantage when you start your dream career.

TSPA Culture is Inclusive and Supportive with a Dedication to the Success and Well-being of All of our Students.

You will notice a very friendly and professional atmosphere every time you enter our academy. We are all family here. Everyone is welcome. Lifelong friendships are developed, not only between students, but also between students and staff. We truly care about  what our students are up to after they graduate.

For student reviews and more information about The Salon Professional Academy, we invite you to visit our Youtube channel.

Our Salon & Spa Training Areas have been created to provide our students and guests with the same experience they would have at any high-end salon or spa.

Fargo-Moorhead offers housing in many price ranges and locations. There is even a new apartment complex located right next to our academy, with special pricing we have negotiated for TSPA students.

Where do you go from here?

We have very close relationships with the region’s premier salons and spas, and we meet with them annually to review our programs and find out first hand how our students are performing after they graduate. We also gather the region’s top salons and spas for career fairs in the spring and fall so they can meet our highly sought after students, and our students can meet with them to decide where they want to begin their amazing careers. Many of the salons and spas are represented by TSPA alumni at these events, which gives us a chance to catch up with them!

This Is TSPA – Growing Salon & Spa Leaders, One Student at a Time

Color Your World and Protect It

Color Your World and Protect It

TSPA Model with Red Hair

There are many factors that can threaten to fade your hair color. From sun, to salt water and chlorine, these elements can put major stress on the hair and in many cases cause hair color to lose its shine and vibrancy. Has summer damaged your color? If so, we have solutions for you…and you’re in luck because hair color services and products are now 25% off through October 31st at TSPA!

At this time of the year, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re using the best haircare regimen to keep your hair healthy and your hair color bright. Read on to discover the best  haircare systems for maintaining bright, beautiful hair color and fighting that end-of-summer hair color fade!

REDKEN COLOR EXTEND MAGNETICS

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A sulfate-free haircare system that helps to add shine and enhance color vibrancy.

“The RCT technology of Color Extend Magnetics targets the root, core and tip of each hair strand. With Soy Protein, Arginine and Sepicap, the hair receives protein to add structure, as well as conditioning and restoration benefits,” explains Redken Artist Jaclyn Harwood, “This system works to strengthen the hair and lock in color.”

REDKEN COLOR EXTEND BLONDAGE

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If you’ve recently gone blonde, you know that summertime stressors such as sun and chlorine can cause blonde hair color to become brassy, with unwanted yellow and orange tones showing through. Redken’s Color Extend Blondage is a color-depositing purple shampoo system that works to banish brass while keeping blonde haircolor cool and bright.

“Redken’s Color Extend Blondage system tones, brightens and strengthens blonde hair,” explains Harwood, “The system’s pure violet pigments counteract yellow undertones leaving the hair brighter, while Redken’s Triple Acid Protein Complex strengthens the hair. Summertime sunshine and outdoor activities can contribute to loss of moisture in the hair’s proteins, leaving the hair brassy and adding unwanted warm. Redken’s Color Extend Blondage neutralizes these unwanted tones to ensure blonde hair color stays bright and strong.”

REDKEN COLOR EXTEND GRAYDIANT

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If you rocked a bold gray or silver look this summer, you may have noticed your hair color beginning to fade and yellow. When this happens, Redken’s Color Extend Graydiant Shampoo and Conditioner is the best choice as it helps to tone and strengthen silver hair.

“Redken’s Color extend Graydiant is color depositing haircare system which makes it the perfect choice  for gray and silver guests,” explains Harwood, “With custom direct dyes and strengthening benefits, hair is left strong with a beautiful silver tone.”

Call us to book your new color, or stop by to get the products you need to protect your current color! 701-451-9100

JOIN US AT TSPA Fargo FOR SUMMER IN THE BUFF!

JOIN US AT TSPA Fargo FOR SUMMER IN THE BUFF!

Pick up some cool summer gear and support a great cause.  From June 1st to August 1st we will be selling a fun and versatile summer stretchy scarf or “buff” like the ones you’ve seen on the tv show Survivor.  They can be worn more than a dozen different ways and are the perfect summer accessory!  They only cost $5 and all of the proceeds from your purchase go toward support of MAKE-A-WISH.    Get them for you, a friend, and the kids and know that you are doing your part to support a great cause.

HAVE FUN IN THE BUFF AND MAYBE WIN A GREAT PRIZE TOO!

TSPA Fargo is running a fun contest that could make you “Insta-famous” and hook you up with a fabulous prize.   Simply follow the steps below for a chance to win the grand prize of a TSPA GIFT CARD and a basket of hair and skin products.

The contest is simple:

  • Purchase a TSPA Buff at the school
  • Take a fun, creative selfie prominently featuring you wearing the buff. (keep the images appropriate please 😊 )
  • Post it to your Instagram account using these two hashtags: #tspainthebuff & #tspafargo
  • Post your picture by August 1st
  • Check back with the school, our social media accounts, and/or website to see if you won and to claim your prize.

CONTEST DETAILS: Employees, currently enrolled students, and direct account contacts from vendors/companies affiliated with the school are ineligible to win the grand prize.  All posts need to be of an appropriate nature. Lewd, profane, discriminatory, or inappropriate posts will be disqualified.  Winner must claim prize by September 1st, 2019 or it will be awarded to the next selected post winner.  Contact this school with any additional questions you may have.  The use of the word “buff” is a play on words as well as the colloquial, generic term for a stretchy, tubular-sewn scarf and not meant to imply the product being sold for charity is the trademark brand BUFF®. 

Top Hair Trends For Spring/Summer 2019

TSPA Fargo Earns 9 Awards at Annual Salon Professional Education Conference

TSPA Fargo Earns 9 Awards at National Salon Professional Education Conference

Thanks to our generous owners, TSPA Fargo was represented by 10 staff members as well as themselves at the annual SPEC conference in Florida. Awards based on academy performance metrics as well as overall culture of the school are awarded at the annual “Academy Awards” event. The competition is very stiff, with Fargo competing nationwide against larger markets like Dallas, Washington DC and Winnipeg to name a few. To win 9 awards is an amazing accomplishment!

 

The award we are most proud of, which speaks to the quality and commitment of our students, guests, staff and owners, is the SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD.

 

We are very proud of our educator Mona, for her devotion to helping others. She spearheaded a toy drive involving donations by our students. This was not an ordinary toy drive. Mona personally purchased 100’s of toys with funds donated by students, staff and guests, carefully packaged them for the long trip to the Green Olive Children’s Home in Kenya, and went through many steps to ensure that the toys would make it safely through dangerous territories to the children in need. Mona was awarded the first annual Deborah Shimer Excellence Award in recognition of her efforts. Deborah Shimer devoted her final years to raising funds for the children’s home, and visited the children annually. She lost her battle with cancer in 2018, and this award honors her selfless dedication to help those in need.

To learn more about the Green Olive Children’s Home, visit: globalnpo.org/KE/Mombasa/209227905793223/Green-Olive-Children%27s-Home or https://www.facebook.com/Green-Olive-Children-Home-Mtwapa-Kenya-276706639144020/

 

A HUGE shout-out to our very own Sandy for earning the DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD! Sandy has taken our academy from great to amazing through her dedication to making sure our programs prepare our talented students for highly successful careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology, not only with amazing technical skills, but with great business and leadership skills. We are very proud!

Hair Stylist: Job Duties, Career Outlook, and Education Prerequisites

Hair Stylist: Job Duties, Career Outlook, and Education Prerequisites

 

What Is a Hair Stylist?

As a professional hair stylist, you may work in barbershops, beauty salons or spas. Hairstylists, also referred to as hairdressers, provide a range of hair care treatments for both men and women, and they also give advice to clients for home hair care. Those that have their own business may take on clerical duties as well.

An overview of career details, including licensure and education, is highlighted in the table below.

Training Required State-approved cosmetology program
Key Skills Physical stamina, time management, attention to detail, creativity
Licensure State licensure is required to work as a hair stylist
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 10% for all hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Job Duties Might I Have as a Hair Stylist?

Your main responsibilities as a hair stylist will be trimming, shampooing, conditioning and styling hair for male or female clients. Some other services you may perform include scalp massage, facial shaving and hairpiece styling. As a licensed hair stylist, you’ll be able to give permanent waves, relaxers and bleaching or coloring treatments. Should your customers have questions regarding at-home hair care, they’ll turn to you for advice. If you become the sole proprietor of your own salon, you’ll also be in charge of managerial duties such as hiring workers, advertising, maintaining salon inventory and keeping business records.

What Is the Projected Career Outlook?

It was predicted that job openings for hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists would expand between 2014 to 2024. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment would increase by 10% during this period. The increasing population and their desire for hair treatments and coloring services was expected to contribute to the employment growth. The BLS also indicated that a number of workers will leave the field, making job prospects favorable for newcomers. However, it was believed that employment at limited higher-paying establishments would have increased competition for employment.

What Education Prerequisites Should I Fulfill?

Hair stylists must complete a state-licensed program in a professional cosmetology or barbering school. Public vocational schools and community colleges also have cosmetology programs that can prepare you for a career as a hair stylist. Your certificate or diploma program can last nine months or longer and it could be applicable towards a 2-year associate’s degree. Cosmetology programs include topics such as hair coloring, communications, cosmetology concepts and hair cutting techniques.

Every state requires hair stylists to obtain licenses in order to practice. Individual states may have different licensing requirements, but generally you’ll need to be at least 16 years old with a high school diploma, along with a certificate, diploma or associate’s degree from a state-licensed and approved cosmetology program. If you have met those requirements, you can take the state licensing examination. The test should include written and oral sections as well as a practical portion allowing you to demonstrate your hair styling skills.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

People interested in hairstyling could also consider becoming barbers or cosmetologists, the former focused more on men’s hair care, and the latter focused on all-around beauty treatments and makeup. A skincare specialist and a manicurist/pedicurist are two other career options. All of these jobs require postsecondary education.

Cosmetology Educator – A Fulfilling Career

There are many options for you as a Cosmetologist. One  career path many Cosmetologists overlook: Cosmetology Educator

It’s not just a job

Teaching is not something to just pay the bills. It’s not a profession where you count down the hours left in the day. It’s a career, but it’s still much more than that. By becoming a teacher, you’re leaving a lasting legacy on the world by providing love and support to students. You’re giving them the tools to live happy and productive lives.

Being a teacher is a fulfilling career.  You get to help enrich student’s lives, not just through core educational skills like cutting hair, perming, and hair coloring, but also responsibility, analytical skills, and building self-confidence.

Nothing makes a teacher prouder than seeing their students succeed, knowing they have helped give them the skills they need for the future. You’ll find that many teachers relish in their teaching careers due to the rewarding aspects of the job.

Influencing the Future

As a teacher, you are giving students the skills they need to go out into the world and succeed. It really doesn’t matter at what stage in a student’s life this happens, so whether you are teaching five-year-olds letter sounds or cosmetology students about business skills, you are giving them what they need to go on and do bigger and better things and build upon those skills.

Help Build Self-Esteem

Teaching isn’t all about learning cosmetology. It’s about building confidence in students to help them with the drive to succeed. Academically, this could be helping a student get through a lesson they find particularly difficult. Spending that little bit of extra time to get them through something they’re struggling with and seeing how excited they are when they start to make connections makes it all worth it.

This isn’t just when it comes to academic things though; it can be about making friends, finding the encouragement to present in front of the class or even with some guidance on what to do for the future in the beauty industry. You are your students’ biggest cheerleader in school, so let them know about it and give them the self-confidence they need to keep going.

You Get to Work in a Fun, Creative Setting

Long gone are the days where classrooms were drab and dull, and the only colour around was that on the textbooks. Now classrooms are fun, vibrant places of learning where creativity is encouraged. The salon floor is also your classroom.  You get to make it a welcoming place that your students (and you!) will want to spend their days in. How many other professions allow you to do that?

Every Day is Different and Exciting

Teaching means that every day is different, no mundane or repetitive work here! Sure, you will have to grade papers, have routine meetings, and do paperwork, but for the most part, no two days are the same. Every day you will work on different tasks with your students, and of course, they will never bore you either!

Each day is a chance to work with young minds and teach new things. One thing you will see every day, though, is the smiles on student’s faces as they work and learn in the classroom and on the salon floor.

You Impact Your Student’s Futures

Students will come into your classroom excited to learn what it takes to succeed, and there is really nothing better than seeing your students eager to learn. Reading about a topic is great, but putting it into action is even better, such as learning a new color technique or designing their own salon. The bonds you form with students are many times life-long. Seeing them succeed in the beauty industry after graduation is the best feeling in the world!

Convinced yet?

Teaching isn’t for just anybody. But if the classroom is calling, you may just have what it takes—compassion, generosity and a dedication to positively influencing the lives of others. The world needs more people like you. Pursue your passions and turn your love of cosmetology into a meaningful career as an educator.

Contact us at employment@tspafargo.com

Or apply on our Facebook page @tspafargo

 

Holiday Fashion On A Budget

DRESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON A BUDGET

How to Dress for the Holidays on a Budget -holographic trend, metallic trend // Notjessfashion.com

There are two types of people in the world – those who are properly prepared to take on the whirlwind of the holiday season and those who wait until the very last minute. Any given year, we could be either of these depending on my level of busy-ness. However, this 2018 holiday season, We at least want to be prepared by planning our outfits in advance. Given that it is the season of giving, we often spend a ton of money on loved ones, so budgeting really comes into play.  I’ll kick off this series with my tips on how to dress for the holidays on a budget without sacrificing style. 

Metallic Dress with Fluted Sleeves and Ruffles // Notjessfashion.com

Glam Holiday

For those who like to spend their holidays on the elegant side, go for a dress that fits the occasion. With a little bit of searching, it’s possible to find elegant, head turning dresses for less than $120.Velvetsatin, or sequin dresses always infuse a bit more festivity into your look, but if you want to opt for another LBD, go for one with unique details such as an asymmetrical hemline, lace, puff sleeves, etc.  Sometimes, you can even make an old dress look new by adding blingy accessories like statement earrings or metallic heels.

All Black Holiday Outfit with Metallic Boots // Notjessfashion.com

Casual Holiday

If your family or friends prefer to have more casual holiday get togethers, there are an abundance of outfit options. You can stick with the classics like a cute blouse with your favorite jeans or wear something cozy such as a sweater dress or turtleneck. It isn’t always necessary to wear brand new pieces. Don’t feel embarrassed to pull out that old chunky sweater and pair it with relevant knee high boots.

 

Notjessfashion Blazer with Veronica Beard for Intermix, houndstooth blazer, wear a blazer from day to night // Notjessfashion.com

Work Holiday

Work related events can be a little trickier to style for because you have dress codes to adhere to. However, dressing office-appropriate and festive on a budget is totally achievable. The key here is to not go too overboard and to stick to one festive hero piece like a red blouse tucked into metallic trousers, sequin pencil skirt, tartan plaid dress, and so forth. Additionally, you could channel some holiday spirit into your accessories.

 

This time of year makes us so incredibly happy! As we mentioned earlier, we tend to spend a lot more too, so it is imperative to save whenever possible. Take advantage of  affordable retail options to get your holiday outfits prepped and ready for all your upcoming events. Happy shopping!