November 13, 2020
Given the change of course that has happened in the world, we wanted to provide expert opinions on what aspiring graduates can do to start off their careers in an uncertain economic climate. We wanted to know what skills will be more important, where the economy is doing relatively well, and if there will be any lasting effects on the job market.
Companies are looking for candidates that can handle the new responsibilities of the job market. Recent graduates actually have an advantage because they are comfortable using newer technologies and have been communicating virtually their whole lives. They can take what they've learned and apply it immediately.
We spoke to professors and experts from several universities and companies to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts.
Maggie Staszcuk: The best companies to work for vary, depending on the skincare professional's chosen career path and professional goals. When starting the job hunt, skincare professionals should have a plan, do research, and align themselves with the position they want. More importantly, recent grads should join a professional association that will support them in developing their career and provides networking opportunities.
Maggie Staszcuk: It is projected that there will be an increase in the demand for graduates in the skincare field over the next five years. The demand will further be increased for graduates who have advanced their education in specialized training and mastered new, in-demand services. These graduates can immediately add value to a business and are more likely to be hired.
Maggie Staszcuk: Each state has its own rules, regulations, and licensing; and skincare professionals looking to transfer their license to another state will need to check with the state board. Some states will require additional training, while others have reciprocity.
There is enormous growth within all sectors of the esthetic industry, the medical esthetic industry, and the holistic skincare industry, with a trend toward clean beauty. Aside from looking online, graduates should build connections and start networking, even before they finish school. Joining a professional association can also help with building connections and assist in the job hunt.
Graduates may also want to consider alternative employment types. Wellness centers, health clubs, and part-time employment could open the door at other establishments.