Kylie Goodrich, Spa Management, 2011

BSc (Hons) International Spa Management graduate Kylie Goodrich landed her first role at an eco-spa based in Cornwall.  She tells us more about her journey since graduating from the University of Derby Buxton in 2011.

What are you doing now?

I'm now the Assistant Spa Manager at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales. Previously I was an Assistant Spa Manager at the Scarlet Spa based in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall where I worked with two other University of Derby Buxton graduates who studied with me on the same course; Karly Tarbuck, who is the spa reservationist, and Milena Siejka-Domanska who is one of our team.

What were the main reasons you took the BSc (Hons) International Spa Management course?

It showed different avenues that could be taken within the spa industry, from management to spa design. It also developed my skills and has helped me progress a career in the spa industry.

Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby Buxton?

Having a commercial spa on the University campus allows students to put into practice the theoretical aspects of the course and was an amazing opportunity to develop and implement essential skills. I’m also an outdoors person, so being based in the Peak District National Park was a big advantage for me as I could experience what the park could offer when not in classes.

How would you sum up the experience of studying this course at the University of Derby Buxton?

The course and content have been really valuable to me in my role and personal development.

How did you find the lecturers and the support they gave you?

The spa lecturers were passionate about their subject and had industry experience. This made the course interesting as they could give real life examples which helped me learn. They made themselves available to help students wherever they could and I really appreciated that support.

What are your future plans?

Long term I’d like to experience the international spa industry to further broaden my skills and knowledge. I also have a keen interest in spa design and would like to develop this into a career with the goal to becoming a spa consultant.

What would you say to anyone thinking for coming to study this course at University of Derby Buxton?

Make the most of the opportunity by putting the theory you learn into practice in the on-site spa as it helps you to draw on past experiences when you join the industry.

"Having a commercial spa on the University campus allows students to put into practice the theoretical aspects of the course and was an amazing opportunity to develop and implement essential skills." Kylie Goodrich