Students learn about career paths

HFM cosmetology seniors and instructors Valerie Charpentier, left, and Julie Mead, right, pose with Nicole Glover, wearing vest, a former cosmetology student who works at Disney World. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — Students at the HFM Career and Technical Center on Monday, March 12, were able to learn about the career path one local graduate took to become a cosmetologist working at Walt Disney World with such clients as Chewbacca, Moana and the Little Mermaid.

They heard from Nicole Glover, a 2012 Gloversville High School graduate who also completed the cosmetology program at the HFM center, but now works at Walt Disney World as an entertainment cosmetologist doing hair, makeup and more for the many stage entertainers and characters at the iconic Florida theme park.

Glover visited the center speaking with juniors, seniors and adult students about her education and career path and the professionalism required to work for an international corporation such as Disney.

After graduating high school, Glover attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College earning an associate degree in business. As she had completed the HFM cosmetology program, she qualified to take the state licensing exam right after high school and was able to get her career off to an immediate start.

While still in college, Glover worked at the Beau Monde Hair Studio in Gloversville, taught dance, and freelanced as a cosmetologist for weddings and other events. She also pursued makeup and eyelash certification by attending classes in Albany, where she developed contacts and landed jobs working on the sets of two movies that were filmed in the Capital District.

Glover told the students how important it is to make connections and network while in school and in the workforce.

“That’s a huge part of how I got to where I am now,” Glover said.

Glover advised the students to try new things and consider the full range of employment possibilities that completion of the HFM Cosmetology program can make available.

“There are so many opportunities out there,” she said. “You never know what one door may open up to.”

As she considered her career options, Glover said Disney caught her eye, and she set a goal for herself, moved to Florida and was hired by the company.

Glover told the students to take full advantage of their time in school and to remain current in their education.

“Ask as many questions as you can and use your teachers as a resource,” Glover said.

Glover also suggested the students complete the state Licensing Board Examinations right after high school. To qualify for the cosmetologist licensing exam, students must complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of approved instruction, which the HFM program satisfies.

By Kerry Minor

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