Cosmetology Offers Creative and Flexible Careers

After participating in a high school independent study course at a local salon, Emmaline Young knew that Cosmetology was the career she wanted to pursue after graduation. And that’s exactly what she did. In 2012, Young enrolled in the  Cosmetology Program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College and within two years she completed the program and started her career in a field she loves. Emmaline currently works at 126 Salon in Sandersville.

Emmaline Young uses the skills taught in OFTC’s Cosmetology Program to work with clients daily.

Emmaline Young uses the skills taught in OFTC’s Cosmetology Program to work with clients daily.

Q: What made you decide to pursue a career in cosmetology?

A: I’ve always been interested in cosmetology. I took the opportunity to do my high school independent study as a senior at a local salon. While “working” at that salon I decided to go to school and get my master cosmetology license.

Q: What are you doing now?

A: I’m currently working at Salon 126 in Sandersville, Georgia, and loving it. I work Tuesday through Saturday from around 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Q: What do you love best about your career?

A: My favorite part about my job is the creativity. I absolutely love art and being able to work with my hands. I love my clients and being able to make them feel good about themselves. Another perk of the job would definitely be my flexible schedule!

Q: How did OFTC’s Cosmology program prepare you for your current career?

The freedom to be creative is one of Emmaline's favorite parts about her career!

The freedom to be creative is one of Emmaline’s favorite parts about her career!

A: One of the best things about the cosmetology program at OFTC is that they have a functioning salon for the students to practice in. By the time you graduate you’ll have tons of experience working with live clients. The atmosphere of the college and the instructors is great too; everyone is extremely helpful and excited for you to learn and succeed.

Q: What stands out to you about your experience in OFTC’s cosmetology program?

A: I was EXTREMELY prepared for taking my state board tests. Once it was time to take my boards, Mrs. Laney had us practice so many times that I knew the steps like the back of my hand!

Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking about a career in cosmetology?

A: The most frustrating part of getting started in the cosmetology business is waiting for your clientele to build. However, if you can be patient it’s definitely worth the wait, especially if it’s something you know you would enjoy. If cosmetology is something you’re interested in, go for it! I wouldn’t hesitate!

To learn more about OFTC’s Cosmetology program, visit the Cosmetology Program page on


Photo//Eva Brown