Bad News Letter

Bad News Letter

DATE: February 10, 2014

TO: Karol Syring, Instructor

FROM: Student

SUBJECT: Career Project

I want to make a career in cosmetology. Someday I dream of opening my own salon and becoming an instructor. In this report you will learn all about the cosmetology field such as, the overview, career preparation, compensation and benefits, typical career paths, positive and negative characteristics, and the overall job outlook.


Cosmetology is the study or art of cosmetics and their uses. Cosmetologists provide services such as, hair styling, hair cutting and coloring, shampooing and scalp treatments. Cosmetologists are responsible for delivering exceptional customer service while providing the full range of hair care services. Specifically, the cosmetologist is expected to: market themselves and grow their business, complete required administrative tasks, provide exceptional customer service, control expenses, and consistently exhibit and develop technical competence.

Career Preparation

In order to become a licensed cosmetologist you must complete an undergraduate course with a certain amount of credit hours and be at least 16 years of age. The required amount for Michigan is 1500 hours. The cosmetology program can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years depending on if you go full time or part time. This program consists of theoretical and practical instruction. Theoretical is all book work and is the first unit of training. The second unit of training is the practical instruction, which is hands on. After 1500 hours of training you are required to take a two part state exam. The first part of the exam is the written and the second part is the practical. In order to receive you license you must pass both of you exams with a score of at least 75 percent. Some places offer on-the-job training such as, BoRic’s.

Compensation and Benefits

Occupational Employment Statistics states that “as of May 2012, cosmetologists earn $8.10 to $20.37 an...

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