Monday, March 25, 2013

Am I Too Old to be an Esthetician?

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I get a lot of great emails from my blog readers. A lot of the emails I get actually inspire me to write many of my blog posts. I recently received an email from one reader who had a genuine concern. I thought her question was really important. She couldn't possibly be the only one wondering the same thing! With her permission, I wanted to share her question with you.

Hi Kathleen, 

I read your blog on occasion and I have a few questions for you regarding the Esthetics field.  Let me start off by saying that I am a 42 year old female looking to make a career change. I am burnt out from being a Nursing Assistant for over 20 years.  Beauty has always been a passion of mine. Here is where the problem lies, am I too old to enter the field and do I have to have perfect skin and be beautiful? Am I fooling myself thinking this is a direction I can go in? 

Thank You,
One of Your Blog Readers

Thanks for the email. First of all, congratulations on finally going after a career you are passionate in! This is such a huge step for anyone changing careers. It's so easy to stay in a career because it pays the bills and its comfortable. Going after your dreams is scary and certainly not a guarantee that things will pan out the way you want them to. I have to commend you for making the first step towards your ultimate career happiness. Believe it or not, your nursing background will help you tremendously in your new esthetics career. Especially if you want to work on the more clinical side of things like say a medi spa or doctor's office.

With that said, you are never too old to become an esthetician. Are you kidding me? For a lot of people in this industry, becoming an esthetician is a second or third career for them. In fact, a lot of clients actually prefer a more mature esthetician than say someone fresh out of high school. A lot of clients feel like they can relate more to a person who's closer to them in age. Also, with an abundance of previous career and life experiences, clients are more likely to trust the judgement of a more mature esthetician. Never let age be a factor in determining whether or not you want to pursue the career of your dreams. 

You certainly don't have to have perfect skin to be an esthetician either. A lot of people in this profession chose to become an esthetician because they didn't have perfect skin to begin with. Working in this industry has given many estheticians with less than perfect skin the tools and confidence to not only treat their own skin, but to also successfully treat clients who have the same skin concerns they once had. 

Best of luck to you and let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks!
Kathleen

Have any of you out there wondered if you were too old or needed perfect skin to become an esthetician? Please feel free to leave a comment below. 

11 comments:

  1. I was wondering that when I started school when I was 22 (24 now), I was expecting a class full of 17-18 year olds... I also have very bad social anxiety and am rather shy so I do tend to over react to most things but my first day of school helped put my fears to rest. There was such diversity, my class was 8 ladies ages 18-45 and everyone was just so delightful. I think once taking the first steps and seeing that you aren't the only one who may be a little self conscience about your age or appearance in this field. I will say, if you don't have anything else under your belt (she's super lucky to have the medical field experience) it's a bit tougher to find work but I guess that just depends on your location too. I'm rambling :X Sorry! But go her! And to anyone else who may be worried, as long as that's something you can see yourself loving in the long run, that's all that matters in the end :D

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    1. Thank you for the awesome comment Toxi! Like you, I was nervous on my first day of school, wondering if I was going to be surrounded by a bunch of fresh face, high school graduates. My class ended up being very mixed with ages ranging from 19 to 40. There was a little something of everything in my class. I loved the diversity!

      I also couldn't agree with you-all that matters is that you can see yourself loving what you do in the long run.

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  2. I was also in a similar situation just 8 short months ago! I was 23, almost 24 and decided to make a career change (I also sent you an email Kathleen about this decision and thanks to your advice and blog I decided to make the leap into the world of esthiology so THANK YOU!). Even at the young age of 23, I was afraid of being stuck in a classroom of all fresh-faced 18 year olds and feeling out of place. I however was pleasantly surprised with the age range of my class and other classes at my school. My class ranged in age from 18-40 with most of us being in our early to late 20's, I was not the only one looking to make a career change!!! Another class had a student who was in her 50's. It's never to late to make a change!
    Also, in regards to having perfect skin... (just to reiterate what Kathleen said) it definitely is not necessary! By not having perfect skin you are better able to relate to the average client. One of my very good friends from Esthiology school came into school with a pretty bad case of acne, something she has struggled with for a very long time, and she left school with beautiful skin. I know she will be very successful because she can relate to acne sufferers and can share her story of what proper skincare did for her skin.
    It's never to late to do what you love!

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    1. Thanks Rikki for the awesome comment. I'm so incredibly happy that reading my blog inspired you to take the leap into esthetics. When I think back on how far I've come in my own career over the last three years, I'm really happy that I took the leap too. My career keeps getting better and better each day. Some days it doesn't even feel like work!

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  3. I am 48 soon to be 49 and I am waiting on my first license to arrive right now..sadly the mailman didn't bring it today. This was the best thing I have don in a very long time. It was a hard 6 months with driving daily 160 miles but it was so worth it! NEVER TOO OLD!

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    1. I was really bummed that Sate Board didn't issue me my license the day I passed the test. I hated having to wait for it to come in the mail. I just wanted to look at it and take pictures of it. Now whenever I look at my license, I think of all the hard work and many hours I put into getting it. I can't help but smile everytime I see it.

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  4. I graduated from my esthetics course a year ago this past January. I was 54.

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  5. Great advice Kathleen! With years often comes more empathy as well as an ability to see beyond ourselves and better be able to guide another. When I started out in 1982 I was 29 and my skin was in great shape...in other words, I had no "street cred"! Lol. I can't tell you how many times I heard, " Oh, honey, you have no idea what I'm going through!"

    Congratulations on having the courage to go after your dream. I'm sure you'll love it. Good luck to you.

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    1. I got a bit of the same flak as you did Marcia. In fact, a really close friend of mine told me that I should become an esthetician because he thought my skin looked amazing. One of the many important lessons I've learned along my esthetics journey is how to take really good care of my skin by changing up my bad habits!

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    2. You're never too old to follow your passion. I went to night school while working two day jobs and I met the most amazing group of dedicated esthetician students. None of us were "fresh-faced" at all and were 25--58 years old. It's never too late!

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