Kristina Aleksijevtsh, BSc (Hons) International Spa Management
Why I choose a two year degree
I feel that by undertaking a two year degree route, it will make me more employable after I graduate. One of the major problems that face recent graduates is a lack of practical experience. Whilst undertaking the two year course, I’ve been working in the on-campus commercial day spa during the academic year and had experience at a 5-star luxury hotel in Scotland over the summer.
This course is excellent for anyone who already has experience in the industry, but wishes to advance their career, without spending years at university.
A strong university
I choose to study this course at the University of Derby as it’s ranked in the top five UK universities for Spa Management. It was the first university in the world to offer degrees in this area and with their reputation and experience in providing world class education, it was an obvious choice.
The University of Derby have strong connections with one of the biggest skincare brands- Elemis which allowed me to get experience within different hotels as a spa therapist and a retail specialist on the biggest events in the UK.
My career aims
By the time I decided to start my course at university, I had experience in the industry as a spa therapist, but I always wanted to be a spa manager. I felt it would be beneficial for me in the long run to develop hard skills in addition to my passion for the spa industry, love for teamwork and cultural sensitivity.
Since there is no obvious well-defined educational or career pathway for entering spa management, many spa managers who progress from spa therapist level are lacking in hard skills such as management, finance, sales etc. This course provides me with those skills and this is assisting my career prospects after graduation.
Highlights so far
I’ve built a strong professional network with students who will be running businesses in a couple of years and also with the current managers in luxury hotels and spa, entrepreneurs, lecturers and many more who share the same passion with us - passion for the spa industry.
The University is also working with the Isgha skin care brand, which allows students to see development of the new brand and visit pre-opening of the new spa resort in Scotland - Portavadie Marina. This experience has been a beneficial aspect of the course as it allowed me to use the skills I’ve learnt at university and develop them further within a professional working environment.