As The Retail Industry Continues it’s Shift to Online, The Beauty and Wellness Industry Continues To Grow Local Jobs

As The Retail Industry Continues it’s Shift to Online, The Beauty and Wellness Industry Continues To Grow Local Jobs.

Is it Time For You to Pursue a Future-Proof Career in Beauty & Wellness?

After all, you can’t get a professional haircut, facial or massage on the internet. On the other hand, as the retail industry undergoes a major shift to selling only online, which has been accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its workforce is more vulnerable than ever.

The Bad News:

Permanent store closures number in the thousands. Dozens of retailers have filed for bankruptcy, while many more are at risk. Meantime, a growing number of customers want to shop online and get their purchases through home delivery.

These fast-changing dynamics have led to uncertainty for retail workers. They’ve been transferred, furloughed, laid off or terminated. Retailers, analysts and trade groups say the shift to online purchasing, and the current pandemic could change the size and makeup of the retail industry now, and for years to come.

More than 25% of American jobs were supported by the retail industry before the shift to online purchasing and the Covid-19 crisis hit the U.S., according to the National Retail Federation. That made retail the largest private sector employer in the USA. That number includes people who work directly for a retailer, like at an apparel store, warehouse or coffee shop. It also includes jobs created by the industry, such as construction workers building a mall, etc…

The number of workers in retail stores has seen a major decrease. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 15.7 million were employed by retailers in February. That dropped by about 2.4 million in March and April.

The Good News:

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to many new openings for massage therapists.

The future for cosmetologists is looking very bright indeed, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for cosmetologists is expected to grow by 16% between 2018 and 2028. … Opportunities for manicurists and pedicurists are projected to grow by 19 percent, according to BLS.

Employment of skincare specialists (Estheticians) is projected to grow 17 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The desire among many women and a growing number of men to reduce the effects of aging will result in employment growth. Good job opportunities are expected.

If you have lost your job in the retail or any other industry – or are just ready for a change – It’s never too late to pursue a rewarding career in Beauty & Wellness!

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Financial Aid is available for Cosmetology and Massage Therapy programs to those who qualify.

Mannequin Challenge 2020

Mannequin Challenge 2020

Our students and staff are a very creative group! Each year we challenge our cosmetology and esthetics students to decorate mannequins, and our massage students to decorate hands. The tricky part is the cosmetology students can’t use hair as part of their decoration. This leads to some very creative final mannequins, featuring anything from candy bars to flowers and everything in between as decorations. Words cannot describe how amazing these creations are, so you will want to watch this video. https://youtu.be/X5Gg2oAl5Jw

Our esthetics students decided to do a very creative and complicated group project. They painted mannequins to blend in with our logo wall. This effort was very time consuming due to the precision needed to match a curved image to a flat image. All we can say is WOW…how did you do that?

Our massage therapy students were challenged to decorate hands. They were very creative like our cosmetology and esthetics students.

We are so amazed and impressed by the creativity and focus of our students and staff, and how well they all did on this challenge!

 

If you are looking for a way to express your creativity through an exciting career, check out our Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, and Nail Technology programs today! https://www.tspafargo.com/programs/ or give us a call at 701-478-1772!

Which Cosmetology Career is Best For You?

Diverse Career Opportunities For Cosmetologists

Do you have a passion for makeup and advanced skin care? Do you like to jazz up your friends nails? Are you always following the latest hair trends? If  beauty is your passion,  you might want to pursue it as a career. Becoming a Cosmetologist brings you employment opportunities in three different fields, which is a big plus when entering today’s job market.

Imagine how much you will enjoy helping your clients look and feel great as a career, and the job security that comes with it!

What does a Cosmetologist actually do?

You might be wondering  what  cosmetologists do? It is a common misconception that cosmetologists only work on hair. Cosmetologists are actually qualified to do skin, hair and nail services, which means that a licensed cosmetologist can provide a wide range of services in the beauty industry. These services range from facials to haircuts to manicures, and everything in between.

One of the best parts of becoming a cosmetologist is the broad range of skills you learn. If you’re someone who’s passionate about skin care and makeup you can follow that path. If hair is your thing, you can become a hairstylist as a cosmetologist. If you only want to focus on nails, you can become a cosmetologist who provides manicures and pedicures. In fact, many Cosmetologists perform services in all 3 areas. Which career path is best for you?

Skin Services

Helping others achieve beautiful, glowing skin is  something a cosmetologist can do. Would you like to focus on skin care and how to achieve glowing skin for your clients?  Licensed cosmetologists can apply:

  • Facials
  • Makeup
  • Waxing
  • Tweezing
  • Body Wraps
  • Exfoliating Scrubs

Hair Services

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a hairstylist? If hair color, perms, cuts and styling are your passion, becoming a cosmetologist is your path. Some services a cosmetologist could perform are:

  • Haircuts
  • Hairstyles
  • Perms
  • Chemical Treatments
  • Shampooing
  • Hair Straightening
  • Bleaching
  • Coloring

Nail Services

Do you love the appearance of freshly manicured nails, or classy nail art? As a Cosmetologist you will learn to perform the following nail services:

  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Gel Nails
  • Acrylic Nails
  • Silk Nails

In addition to hair, skin and nail services training, you will also learn business skills which will help you succeed in the ever expanding beauty industry. While many industries like retail stores are closing and shifting to internet based services, the beauty services industry continues to grow and offer great job security. In our community there is a high demand for Cosmetologists, and will be for many years to come.

Additional Career Opportunities Outside The Salon & Spa

  • Entertain: Actors, actresses, models and celebrities wouldn’t be where they are without their teams helping them maintain their look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
  • Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
  • Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
  • Sell: Work for leading companies like REDKEN, L’Oréal, and Revlon after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
  • Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
  • Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
  • Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!
  • Become a REDKEN Artist.
  • Be your own boss by renting a styling/spa suite or booth. You can set your own hours, prices, etc…

How Can You Become a Cosmetologist?

If beautifying skin, hair and/or nails appeals to you, and you would like to pursue a Cosmetology career, it’s time for you to take the first step.

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What Students Like Best About The Salon Professional Academy

What Students Like Best About The Salon Professional Academy

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At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we focus on creating an inviting culture where people from all walks of life can feel welcome and supported. In addition to our goal to provide industry-leading knowledge and skills, we want our students to have an amazing, life changing experience during their short time with us. We believe learning should be fun and exciting! Our Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology students and graduates have a lot to say about their TSPA experience. Here is what a few of our students like best about our school.

 

After 11 months as a Cosmetology student, Julie Ly shared the following about her time at TSPA.

  • “My favorite thing so far… is the camaraderie between the students.”
  • “I chose TSPA mainly because of the environment…the students and staff are very close with each other.”
  • “The most important thing I have learned in my time at TSPA isn’t just the technical skills, but actually how to treat people. The staff do a really good job of teaching customer service.”
  • “I would definitely recommend TSPA to anybody who’s interested in a good cosmetology program”
  • See more at https://youtu.be/3NB3lSrdL0Y

 

Nearing graduation, Massage Therapy student, Amanda Ortner made the following comments about TSPA.

  • “My favorite thing about the massage program at TSPA is working with all the educators and clients, and getting to build my skills.”
  • “I’ve learned all sorts of different modalities, from Swedish, relaxation, hot stone, deep tissue, trigger point work, neuromuscular work.”
  • “It’s been a really fun experience to be here”.
  • “I think I’m going to have life-long friendships and teachers”
  • See more at https://youtu.be/d9msFL46hPU

 

 

TSPA Nail Technology graduate Becky Shea spoke with us about her learning experience.

  • “The educational program was great.”
  • “Everyone was wonderful and friendly.”
  • “It feels like a big family with all the incredible people I got to meet”
  • “TSPA had the best hours available for me to transition from a full-time day job to going to school at night.”
  • “I was really happy finally pursuing going into the nail industry and have been loving it…”
  • See more at https://youtu.be/LEN1LTIesPI

 

Successful Cosmetology graduate, Johnna Eisenzimmer shared the following about her time at TSPA.

  • “If I could describe TSPA in one word I would say FUN.”
  • “At TSPA they taught us how to market ourselves really well.”
  • “While you’re always learning and you’re always keeping it professional, there’s always so much fun to be had.”
  • “TSPA helped me gain confidence in myself.”
  • “I have no doubt I made the right decision for my education and my career.”
  • See more at https://youtu.be/KhfphKSlbzk

 

Upon graduation, Massage Therapy student, Aimee Kouakou gave a very inspirational speech to her instructors and classmates. Here are a few quotes about her TSPA experience.

We believe every student should expect a great education from their school. At TSPA that is our top priority, but we also want to help you fall in love with your career by enjoying the journey to get there! If an education that includes an inviting, friendly culture with a lot of fun experiences mixed in fits you, contact our admissions department to start the journey to your dream career today!

 

admissions@tspafargo.com                              Book a Tour                          Call us at 701-478-1772

Have you been thinking about a new career as a Massage Therapist?

Why a Massage Therapy Career Might Be Right For You

Massage therapists can provide pain relief, injury rehabilitation, and stress reduction. … Helping people feel good naturally makes us feel good, and Massage Therapists have the privilege of making the world a better happier place through the power of therapeutic touch.

Have you been thinking about a new career as a Massage Therapist? Most people love the idea of receiving a massage, but they may not have considered actually providing this valuable and therapeutic service to others. You can learn massage therapy at TSPA Fargo and get started in this rewarding and growing field in less than 9 months! If you are unsure about a career in massage therapy, here are 5 reasons why now is a great time to become a Massage Therapist:

  1. High Demand and Income Potential

Graduates of massage therapy school have the skills to join the workforce in a top-ranked career right away.  U.S. News and World Report reports opportunities for employment are expected to grow 26% through 2026. Massage Therapy is becoming a more widely accepted and demanded therapeutic service with jobs for Massage Therapists outgrowing the number of new therapists graduating from massage school. This demand is providing new Massage Therapists with multiple income-earning opportunities right out of school.

  1. Many Career Options

Professional Massage Therapists can choose from a variety of exciting and rewarding career paths and environments. Many Massage Therapists are self-employed private practitioners, while others work in spas, medical offices, chiropractic offices, resorts or even with professional sports teams.  You can work virtually anywhere you want, giving you a freedom most other careers cannot match. Massage therapy is a great occupation for those that want to work in beautiful surroundings. Many happy professionals work at tourist spots and on cruise ships all over the world. This makes massage therapy a great profession for those that want to relocate or travel. Imagine working at tropical beach resorts or idyllic winter destinations in snow-covered mountains, with massage therapy this could be your reality!

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  1. Flexible Schedule & Independence

Massage Therapists can choose how much they want to work in either full-time or part-time positions. With an attractive hourly and commission pay range, you can choose what work-life balance is best for you. You can be your own boss and open your own spa, private practice, or leave the managing to someone else and just focus on your bodywork. Being able to create your own schedule is a huge advantage for most who are considering a career as a Massage Therapist.

  1. Great Work Environment

Staring at a computer screen all day isn’t for everyone. You may prefer a career where you are free to move around during the day and engage both your mind and body. Most Massage Therapists work in relaxing environments surrounded by relaxing lighting, aromatherapy, and soothing music. The ambiance created to help relax massage clients also provides a relaxing workplace for Massage Therapists.

  1. Massage Therapists Have Rewarding Careers Helping People! 

You know how people dread their dental or doctor’s appointment? Massage Therapists have clients that look forward to seeing them! Massage therapists can provide pain relief, injury rehabilitation, and stress reduction. Massage therapists can help their clients speed up the healing process, improve circulation, and can even assist in restoring emotional balance. Helping people feel good naturally helps you feel good too, and Massage Therapists have the privilege of making the world a better, happier place through the power of therapeutic touch.

 

We believe our graduates should be well versed in all facets of massage therapy.

Our 900 hour program goes far beyond the 750 hour programs out there. Employers prefer graduates with the most knowledge and hands-on training. Our educators are experienced massage therapists with in-depth teacher training. Their many years of experience give them the ability to effectively bring you the knowledge and hands-on training needed to succeed as a massage therapist.

What our students have to say: VIDEO

Learn more about the massage therapy program at The Salon Professional Academy: WEBSITE

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Loving Heart Scholarship Awarded To Jennifer Ernst

Loving Heart Scholarship Awarded To Jennifer Ernst

Bonnie Ellingson

The Loving Heart Scholarship is a personal honorarium awarded from the owners of The Salon Professional Academy in Fargo, ND out of respect and devotion for their loving mother, Bonnie Ellingson, who passed away in 2013. This scholarship celebrates the loving, caring, giving life of Bonnie, and in her memory is officially awarded close to Mother’s Day each year.

 

Jennifer applied for the Loving Heart Scholarship before enrolling at The Salon Professional Academy in Fargo. She started in the Cosmetology Program on February 24th, 2020 and currently has a running grade of 98.17 with a 107.36% attendance record (she has taken advantage of all possible extra hour opportunities).  Her progress is very good and we feel she will be a star in the field. 
Jennifer Ernst
Jennifer is an amazing example of how far hard work and perseverance can take you in life. Her maturity level is far beyond that of most people her age. She has supported herself since before completing high school, and has many accomplishments to be very proud of. We are honored to have Jennifer and so many other hard-working students enrolled at TSPA!
For more information about scholarships available to TSPA Fargo students, visit tspafargo.com/contact-us/scholarships/

Congratulations Jennifer! The TSPA family is proud of you!

Jodi Brown, Jennifer Ernst, Jill Krahn

Beauty & Massage School On-Line Classes

Beauty & Massage School On-Line Classes

At The Salon Professional Academy, all students from our Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology programs receive an iPad on their first day of class. We use iPads for classroom lessons, career specific aps, and in times of emergency we use them for distance learning.

Schools across the world have closed their doors either voluntarily or by mandate. We all agree this was a must, to ensure the safety and health of our students and their families. For those who were prepared, teaching and learning did not end.

We have very extensive distance curriculum in place for times like the global pandemic we are all currently dealing with. Rather than have our students put their education on hold, we feel it is extremely important to continue teaching and learning.

When searching for the Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy or Nail Technology academy that best fits your needs, remember to find out which schools offer distance learning during times of emergency.

 

We hope you are all safe, healthy and doing your part to slow the spread!

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