Ara Beauty Therapy students secure cruise line jobs

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21 Nov 2017

While some people pay thousands for a cruise ship vacation, a lucky few are paid to travel the world working aboard the liners. Amongst the latter are two Beauty Therapy graduates, from Ara Institute of Canterbury, recruited by Steiner Cruises this year.

Bright futures ahead: Students Courtney Wilson and Chloe Taylor

Student Chloe Taylor is looking forward to the opportunity and the challenges it will bring. At the start of 2018, she will go to London for six weeks of intensive training before she commits to nine months at sea.

“I’ll be working 7.30am-9.30pm, seven days a week. After seven days, you get one and a half days off. I know it will be really hard work but I can’t wait to see who I’ll be working with, the guests that I’ll meet, and the new things I’ll learn about different countries, people and ethnicities. It will be really exciting,” Taylor says.

“I always knew I wanted to work on a cruise ship, even before I started Beauty Therapy. I don’t know what kind of ship I’ll be working on yet. Following the training session Steiner will determine what ship I’ll go on based on my personality.”

The bubbly twenty-six year old student is a self-confessed people person. “I love interacting with people, and communicating face to face. I like the fact that beauty therapy is a physical job and you’re helping people feel better about themselves.”

Another student, Courtney Wilson has expressed her interest to Steiner; however, she has chosen to pursue further study before entering the industry. “I decided I would like to do the Diploma in Beauty Therapy and broaden my knowledge.”

Wilson has enjoyed the variety her course at Ara offers. “Through the programmes here you get a taster of different therapies, and you can choose what you want to explore further. I like doing facials, manis and pedis, massage, and I like to use the electrical machines too.”

Katrina Picillo, Ara Beauty Therapy tutor is proud of how the students presented themselves and Ara to the market.

“The feedback I got from Steiner was that they were completely blown away with how much knowledge the students had, especially as they are first year students. They impressed with their presentation, both in public speaking, and practical assessment. Overall it was a great experience.”

Picillo is hopeful that Steiner will continue to offer this experience to other students. “I would love for Steiner to keep coming back to Christchurch year after year, to recruit future beauty therapists from Ara level four and even level five Diploma programmes.”