Many people had never heard of a gap year when Malia Obama, eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, took one after high school to travel, volunteer, and complete an internship. A “gap year” is a break between high school and other forms of education, and it’s increasingly popular as today’s students make more careful choices about their futures.
This is even more true now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many students reconsider moving into a dormitory at a traditional college. Alternative plans such as beauty school have emerged as practical and productive options for education after high school or when changing careers.
Why is beauty school a popular gap year choice?
- Save money: College costs have increased more than 25% in the past decade. Beauty schools are far less expensive. Students may qualify for financial aid, the education takes less time than college, and students finish with skills that can lead to employment!
- Freedom of Choice: Beauty school certificates come in many fields: you can earn one in barbering, cosmetology, esthetics, manicuring, hairstyling program and more!
- Build Your Resume: Beauty school helps you gain the professional experience that employers want in your trade and in customer service through required practice hours.
A gap year spent learning a trade at beauty school can be both productive and profitable!