Bank it all on beauty: post-graduation tips

Posted February 18, 2015 by
Woman doing a manicure and applying nail polish

Woman doing a manicure and applying nail polish. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Businesses are bust, bosses aren’t hiring and too many graduates are clogging the employment sector – but there’s one industry still moving from strength to strength.

It’s the beauty industry, and it’s set to make more than $265 billion in 2017.

And it’s not all about leggy blondes gliding down catwalks. From small boutiques to purveyors of fine fragrances, a budding graduate can easily make their mark in beauty – even if they have to start at the bottom of the ladder.

Whether you’ve got a degree in accounting, management or the fine arts, the world of coiffuring, cosmetics and clothing could make you millions.

So, what positions could you enjoy if you want to become beauty royalty?

Plastic fantastic

You’ve seen the A-list do it – now it’s time to get yourself into the Botox industry.

Essentially a muscle relaxant, Botox has been used for decades to help make faces less wrinkled and slow down the inevitable impact of aging. And it’s big business.

Botox courses are available from numerous specialist providers, giving you a fully accredited qualification in the art of injecting.

Most businesses do, however, branch out from Botox, offering a ton of treatments and non-invasive procedures. Do the same and you’ll soon be in the green.

Nail your success down

Some are ‘ard as nails, some hammer nails – and some are painting nails and raking in the cash.

Just look at your local high street and you’ll see enough nail salons to make your cuticles feel self-conscious. With so many shop doors open, you’ll have to make yours a gem to stand out from the rest.

This is where a degree in management or accountancy will come in handy. You’ll be able to push your business into the stratosphere with clever pricing strategies, whizz work with your calculator and pushing your staff to do their finest job.

It’s a difficult throne to reign, but those with a steady head for business will be able to push at least a few others out of the running.

Design in mind

Here’s the golden ticket for so many people – a job in fashion.

Becoming the next Yves Saint Laurent or Christian Dior is a dream for so many, and an unfulfilled dream for so many more. But that doesn’t make it impossible.

If you’re simply an amateur doodler, set your mind to your hobby and turn it into a craft. Although you’ll need a job on the side to support you, put aside time to perfect your designs, creating a folio that will make companies pique their ears.

If you have a design or fashion degree, you’ll already be well on your way. But even those who graduated in other fields could prove invaluable. After all, what’s better than a fresh pair of eyes?

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