Vicky Craig tells us why working in Spa is her passion!
This week Vicky Craig tells us why she has embraced a career in Spa, the challenges she's faced and the rewards its reaped.
Vicky Craig, Spa Manager, Devonshire Spa at the University of Derby, Buxton Campus
I had a few comments when choosing this path, such as ‘your more intelligent than that’ or ‘you can do better than that’. Over the years, I’ve had comments of how it’s an easy job ‘just painting nails and chatting’ that kind of thing. In a previous job, clients even used to ask if we had to do any training to be a therapist.
Despite the prejudice I have sometimes felt I focused on my career and have always been quite ambitious. I knew I wanted to get ahead and at the age of 21, I applied for a promotion as a Spa Manager, to which I wasn’t successful. I was a little disappointed initially but took the feedback on board and worked hard to prove myself and in the end, it paid off, leading to the promotion. I was fortunate enough to work for the company for a number of years to then be promoted again, but I wouldn’t say it was down to luck, but determination and hard work. I am now at a crossroads, trying to advance my career by completing a master’s degree in International Spa Management, so have taken a step back from my career for the timebeing, with the intention to accelerate it and re-enforce what I’ve already done. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith.
My biggest three challenges throughout my career have been:
- The step up to management and getting knocked back- I took on the advice and stayed determined.
- People not recognising this as a serious profession- part of the reason I’m doing a degree (which in itself is a challenge 😊) but mostly for personal progression.
- My goal of having my own business- this seems a long way in the future, but I want to manage businesses for others and gain as much experience as I can until I feel it’s enough to go it alone. Also, the need for financial backing.
My message to anyone considering a career in spa is that if you are passionate about it, pursue it. Expect to work hard, and sometimes unsociable hours but enjoy it as it can be very rewarding. I’ve had the wonderful experience of taking my skills to different countries, there are so many opportunities. You meet so many interesting people and it’s a great industry to be in.
If you are already working in Spa and have the ambition to progress, stay focused. It isn’t an overnight process, but if you want to make it happen take the time to learn from others, expect to put the work in and take pride in what you do.
Vicky is currently completing a Masters in International Spa Management at the University of Derby and is the Spa Manager at University Spa, The Devonshire Spa, Buxton