Answered by Minde, Hiring Expert at The Schwan Food Company, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I think it's important to distinguish the difference between interest in a career field, and interest in the job itself. For example, I love teaching and often thought about being a teacher, both while in college and even after. However, after shadowing a teacher in the classroom and talking with many people in the profession, I learned that I probably wouldn't enjoy the actual JOB of being a teacher. Therefore, using those skills elsewhere (e.g., volunteer opportunities) became a better way for me to fulfill that interest. Your interest in cosmetology may be like that -- it may be something you want to pursue as a side job or as a hobby (e.g, selling a line of products part-time).
People love to talk about what they themselves do for a living. Reach out to a counselor, a nurse, a teacher, and ask if you can spend a day with them watching what goes into the actual job itself. You may think nursing sounds great, but there may be aspects of the job that you don't realize that you would or wouldn't enjoy doing.
Taking assessments as another comment mentioned, talking with professionals, researching degree programs, and continuing to listen to your gut (as it sounds like you do) will ultimately pay off for you in the form of a career that you will love!