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many paths to
it’s never too
late to start.
What do you want to be
when you grow up?
career choice is often not
the career they stick with for life. AACS recently
contributed to a news story on career changers and
asked member schools to share stories of alumni
who previously worked in non-beauty careers. The
response was overwhelming. Member schools’
alumni include former teachers, nurses, clinical
researchers, attorneys and more.
Here are a few superstar grads who previously
worked in other careers.
AN INDIVIDUAL’S FIRST
School, New York City
A few short years ago,
Beau’s days were spent
reviewing contracts as a
corporate attorney for an
actuarial and consulting
firm located near Seattle.
Today, you might fi d B
i ht find Beau mixing just the right
color as a color apprentice at ARROJO Studio in
New York City.
Beau’s dream career came to life when his partner accepted a job with a New York firm. It seemed
like a perfect time to heed a wake-up call. “The
more unhappy I’d become practicing law, the more
I began thinking about what really made me happy.
“I’d always enjoyed doing hair, but it just didn’t
come to mind as a career option,” said Beau. He
used his move to New York City as a reason to
rethink his career. The fact that New York does not
share reciprocity with Washington meant he would
have to retake the bar exam in order to practice
law in the state and Beau could think of things
he’d rather study—like hair! He was intrigued by
ARROJO’s part-time program, began his studies in
October 2011 and began working as a color apprentice in December 2012.
Asked about any similarities between law and
beauty, Beau said that both professions share one
common requirement —the ability to communicate
well with diverse clients.
Do you know a superstar graduate? Send
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St. Petersburg, Fla.
The wife and daughter of
two physicians, Joanna foll
lowed the family business
and worked in clinical research at the Center for
Disease Control, studying the role of nutrition in
preventing neural tube defects in infants. But the
science Joanna was most interested in related to
skincare, and she enrolled at Loraines Academy in
2005. After earning her license, she opened Salon
Tru and has since hired some of her alma mater’s
graduates. Salon Tru has become one of the area’s
most respected spas and more importantly, Joanna
loves blending her interest in science with her passion for beauty and entrepreneurship.
Alvina Chulanon, Pivot
Alvina is the personificat
tion of busy. A wife and
mom of two, she works in
statistics for the federal
government while enrolled
as a student at Pivot Point.
Alvina writes a weekly
bl for Pivot Point h
blog f Pi t P i t chronicling her experiences
as a beauty school student, including her recent
trip to the NAHA awards. As the winner of Pivot
Point’s 2012 Anything But Hair contest, Alvina was
awarded full tuition to continue her studies. She
competed at Premiere Orlando where she received
a Beacon Honorable Mention.
Jill Stetson, Universal
Spa Training Academy,
Downers Grove, Ill.
After 25 years in the corp
porate sector ser v ing
in product distribution,
and healthcare, Jill left
a business development
director position to pursue her passion in skindi
care. The move wasn’t hasty—she had spent six
years exploring the wellness and skincare world.
When her father passed away, Jill felt compelled
to pursue her dream. In April of 2013, Jill opened
SkinTrust, a company specializing in youthful
skin treatments. She considers it a dream career
As the stories above indicate, there are many
paths to a successful career in the beauty industry,
and it’s never too late to start.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 4
message from the aacs president and cea co-chairs
the workings of washington
Rejuvenate Your Passion for Business
The AACS Affi nity Program
Mobilizing Your Business Is a Thing of Beauty
Open Door Leaders
and then there’s compliance
Motivating Your Students
Use Your Resources
step by step
Taking Out the Mystery
beauty changes lives
Beauty School Insurance
a student’s perspective
skin care council
aacs listserve q & a
voices from the classroom
Celebrate the Power of Being an Educator
people & places
new products & services
associate member profiles: salons
new school members
upcoming 2013-14 events
index to advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 4