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Chrue​ Kimhoung: A career as a nail stylist can earn decent income in the United States

Living abroad while trying to find a satisfying job is not easy. This week LIFT magazine is pleased to share the experience of Chrue Kimhoung, 23, who travelled away from her homeland to live in the United States and begin a career as a nail stylist. Before leaving for abroad, Kimhoung was a banking student at Human Resource University. At that time, she was also trained in nail styling in Cambodia.

Kimhoung has been living in the US for ​two months and has been working as a nail stylist for a month. She works for eight hours, six days a week and makes a weekly salary of $400 to $800. She said she chose that job not only because she is passionate about it but also because she sees it as a great career-builder.

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“I started the job because it is the perfect kind of work for me and I can make decent income.Moreover,this job is stable and allows me to meet many people. I also just love nail styling,” she said.

Before going to live in the US, Kimhoung trained herself in nail styling. With her skills, she travelled to the US and quickly found a job. However, her life change did not come without difficulties.

“Working as a nail stylist can be difficult here. If we want to work in this business, we have to earn diploma in nail styling. Also we must pay close attention to our work because if we make a mistake or hurt the client, we will be in trouble,” she said.

Along with the difficulties, she also shared her experiences that allowed her to overcome all the challenges in her work. Kimhoung said taht if we have real skill and talent, we can overcome any hurdles that may come our way.

“This is just the beginning and many factors have encouraged me to do my best. We need to maintain good relationships with our clients and always be mindful. It is our responsibility to give the customer our best. The best is being able to savour all my achievements,” she said.

Since Kimhounghas has only lived in the US for a short period of time, her experience has been limited. But she has had much success and a clear plan for the future.

“For this kind of job, I need to earn more about the style, the design and the use of modern equipment that I have yet to use. If things continue to go smoothly, I want to open my own nail salon after two or three years of experience in this business,” she said.

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