Post # 1
When I graduated high school I decided that I would get my cartilage pierced like everyone else had. I loved it then, but I’m not so sure about it anymore. I still like it (kind of) but feel it may be a bit too young and unprofessional. I’m 23, recently graduated college, started taking masters classes, and am just startig my first big girl job as an early childhood special education teacher.
So what do I do with it? Leave it as is, take it out and let it close up, or change my sparkly stud out for a thin small hoop?
Post # 3
I had my tongue pierced and kept it in for years, even thru my first huge job. I took it out to get some dental work done, and just never put it back in. It took 4days to close up. Maybe you should switch it out to the thin small hoop for a few days or take it out for a few days to see how you like it, and if you don’t you can put it back in before it closes.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
Personally, I would keep the stud. I have such pale skin that a sterling silver, cz stud just blends right in with my skin. It isn’t as bad as a lip or nose piercing
Post # 5
I have a rook piercing that I changed to a metal earring. (Just like the picture below.) No one ever notices it but I’ll probably take it out when I start job hunting.
Post # 6
I say keep it and leave it as is. You can try a smaller hoop just to see if you like the look better. I have my nose and lip pierced and I’m about to be 23. Those are piercings I’ll have to take out one day, but I think that cartilage piercings look good on pretty much anyone at any age. My mom’s best friend is 50 and she has two cute little studs in her cartilage and she’s a social worker.
Post # 7
I used to have a labret and nose ring.. the holes are still visibly there, but it would seriously take some work to get anything in either hole. I look very young, but I felt “too old” for them, I was 22 [currently 25], when I let them close up.
Once in awhile I wish I still had my labret, it was SUPER cute on me, but, meh. Oh well.
Post # 8
If you want to keep it, I say keep it and wear whatever you want in it.
I have many piercings (septum, tragus, tongue, neck, two cartilage, and stretched ears), and though I am still in school, I am in a co-op program (its like an internship). Through my co-op program, I have interviewed for, and gotten positions with, major companies. I do flip my septum up and take out the jewellery from my stretched piercings, but I keep all my other jewellery in and it has never hindered me in getting a position in a corporate environment, nor has it kept me from getting stellar references.
Thus, it really isn’t going to affect your job/your ability to get a job if it isn’t extreme. If you take your piercings out, do it for you, not because you’re worried about looking professional. Barely anyone pays attention to these types of things if they aren’t *bam* in your face sorts of things.
EDIT: Oh, and I’d like to add, I’ve had an elementary school teacher who had several ear piercings. She didn’t try to hide them and she certainly managed to become employed and stay that way.