Whether you’ve already graduated from beauty school or you’ve just started thinking about becoming a student, you may be questioning why getting that elusive license is actually so important.

After all, it’s just a piece of paper, right?

Well, actually, no. It’s not just a piece of paper! Your cosmetology license is something you work hard to achieve. There are students who will take courses and try to earn their license but who won’t quite make it to the end of their courses. There are those for whom it will take many attempts to finally earn their license. And there are individuals who will dream of going to cosmetology school but who will never end up enrolling.

Earning a cosmetology license is no easy feat. It takes determination, persistence, hard work, grit, creativity, and spunk.

To help you understand just how important being licensed is, here are 4 specific reasons you should be immensely proud to have earned a cosmetology license.

As a licensed cosmetologist, you will …

1. Feel a sense of accomplishment.

When you show up, work hard, study for exams, and put in the hours, you deserve a certification that shows your dedication and persistence.

2. Receive higher pay for your work.

It’s highly doubtful that you’d land a job at all without a license. But even if you did, most likely your pay would be lower than those employees who were licensed.

3. Have more credibility.

Having more credibility is important whether you’re just beginning your career or you’ve been working for a long time. A license shows that you’ve put in the hard work and training time, that you’ve learned the ropes and gained experience, and that an authority on cosmetology saw that you warranted a credential that proved those things.

4. Be able to work where you want to.

Some jobs can be attained by word-of-mouth — for example if you’re originally from the same area as someone who’s hiring, you might know a mutual friend or have connections and be able to find work that way. But if you want to relocate to another part of the state, across the country, or even to another country, it’s your certification and credentials that must show your expertise, skill, and experience.

Earn Your Cosmetology License at Long Island Beauty School

Once you are licensed, you can feel proud to write “Licensed” on everything from job applications and resumes to business cards and social media profiles. Of course, you’ve got to earn that license first.

To learn how you can learn, study, train, and pass the board exams necessary to earn your own cosmetology license, speak to our admissions representatives at Long Island Beauty School. It’s our job to help you make your dreams of a career in the beauty industry become a reality!