Student Success Stories: Joe

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What year did you graduate and from what campus?

I graduated from the North Campus in 2011.

Why did you choose a career in cosmetology and why GJA?

As most mom’s are right about just everything, my mother was a huge influencing factor in me getting into cosmetology. She knew I was good with my hands, had a creative mindset, and that I loved talking and meeting new people. I chose GJA because I was told it was the best program around. I am happy to say that what I was told and what I experienced was indeed the truth.

What are you currently doing and what other industry related experience do you have other than your current position?

I am currently working behind the chair at Obadiah Salon. I am absolutely in love with the salon and the people that I have the great pleasure of working next to. I am also involved with all social media platforms at my salon. Everything from photo work at fashion week, to video work for product classes. I try to do as much as I can to expand on my creative mindset with the help of my co-workers and clients.

How did your training with GJA prepare you for the industry and the work you are currently doing?

GJA did much for me in terms of client building and product sales. Having had a requirement of clients to bring in and products to sell, I took that same mentality with me into the industry. Again, with the help of how great of a reputation our salon has, I have been able to build my business and sell a significant amount of products.

What do you enjoy the most about your current position? What is your typical day like?

I enjoy everything about my day. It sounds a little too positive I know, but I really do. From the clients, to the daily banter among the stylists, to seeing how my next days schedule is. My typical day starts off usually around 9am and ends around 8pm; jam packed with clients at the salon, or meetings to build up my business.

What is your fondest memory of GJA?

The family environment that I was able to create with my class mates. I hope to one day be working side by side with a few of them.

What advice do you have for current students starting out in the program, and those getting ready to graduate?

Network Network Network! Meet as many people as you can, talk to as many people as you can, and build relationships with as many people as you can. Anyone can cut a straight line or slap color on someone’s head, but it’s the relationships that are built between the client and the stylist that will have them coming back for more!

What advice do you have for people that are interested in going to cosmetology school?

What are you waiting for? This is one of the few industries ever recorded where during a recession, we are hardly affected. Not only are you doing a great thing by making someone feel beautiful, but you are also capable of providing a great income for you and your family. I am honored to have learned from GJA and carry so many memories with every positive thing that happens in my career. I can never express how grateful I am to the many educators and guests that have affected my life while in attendance.

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