ON returning from a worldwide seafaring adventure, Ballynahinch beautician Victoria Dickson took time out of her schedule to return to the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to share her experiences with aspiring beauty therapy students. For the past nine months Vicky has spent her time at sea working as a beauty therapist on board a Steiner Cruise Ship, one of the largest and most renowned Sea Spa companies in the world.
Having graduated from the College in June 2009 after completing an NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy course Vicky had been lucky enough to secure her dream job on board a luxury Steiner Cruise Ship. The job provided her with an opportunity to pursue her career in beauty therapy and also realise her dream of travelling the world.
On her return home SERC Beauty Therapy lecturer Eunice Kerr welcomed Vicky back to the College to speak with current Beauty Therapy students. Eunice said, “I am extremely proud of what Vicky has achieved both academically and in her career to date. She always wanted to work on a cruise ship as a beauty therapist so it was a dream come true when she secured employment with Steiner.
“A lot of our students aspire to work on cruise ships so I felt it was an excellent opportunity to invite Vicky in to speak with the girls. I would like to thank her for taking time out of her schedule and sharing her experiences with us, she is an inspiration and role model to all.”
Vicky gave an interesting insight into her experiences to the students and said, “The only way I can describe my first nine months at sea is ‘the time of my life’. I had so many amazing experiences and met some wonderful people. I started off on the MS Rotterdam Cruise Ship which took me to America; I then headed towards South America visiting countries like Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Indonesia and the Philippines. A lot of the crew on-board would have been from these countries so they were ideal tour guides.
“Working on the ship was great; I was dealing with such a diverse range of clients and met some really interesting people. There was a fantastic bond between the crew members and I have met some true friends from all over the world. I would highly recommend a career at Steiner to anyone.”
Speaking about her future plans Vicky said, “I intend to enjoy my time at home catching up with family and friends but will be returning to sea soon. I hope to take in Australia and New Zealand during my next cruise and after that I would like to experience Europe.”
If you too would like to find a key to unlock a door to future opportunities, South Eastern Regional College have a range of Part-time courses starting this month (January). Visit www.serc.ac.uk to view the courses or call 0845 600 7555 and see if there is something suitable for you.