Every school tries to give you the best education possible while you’re there, but no school can teach you everything you need to know. It’s up to you to supplement your education with real world experience after graduation to create the best career possible.
First you need to personally review yourself. Ask a few friends and mentors to give feedback on your strengths and weaknesses. Then you can decide what you should focus on improving first.
For most graduates, the area they’ll need to tackle first is soft skills. Some people are born with a natural ability to talk and communicate with strangers. The rest of us have to work on our communication skills and improve them over time. Working in a chain salon is a good way to get comfortable speaking with clients. You’ll learn to pay more attention to tone and body language and will give better service because of it.
Outside of soft skills, you’ll need to get more technical experience. There’s always new styles and techniques to learn. And your abilities will never get worse because you’ve had too much practice. You want to be the best professional possible so continuing education is a must. Honestly, if you’re ever at a point in your career that you’ve stopped learning it’s time to reevaluate. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing.
Building your skills after graduation is ongoing. Never stop learning, join local professional groups to network, and attend as many continuing education classes as you can.