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Melanie Wilton

Melanie, a 2007 graduate of the National School of Aesthetics, worked in the spa aboard the cruise ship Carnival Miracle

Melanie WiltonMelanie Wilton was 18 when she came to study our Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics in 2007. She says, "Fresh out of high school, I wasn't really sure what to expect but knew [beauty therapy] was what I wanted to do." After she graduated, she worked and managed a sole-charge clinic before going to London, where she studied spa therapies and had orientation with Steiner (cruise ship recruiters and spa operators). Melanie worked on a cruise ship before returning back to New Zealand to work at Champs-Elysees Day Spa in Christchurch.

We asked Melanie some questions with regards to her work aboard a cruise ship.

You worked aboard a cruise ship, correct?

I worked for a company called Steiner aboard the Carnival Miracle for 9 months. We travelled all around the Caribbean Islands and Middle America including Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and many, many more ports of call.

What was involved in your job aboard a cruise ship?

I travelled over to London before I joined my ship to enhance my beauty therapy training and learn the ways of Steiner. My job on the ship mainly consisted of massaging, facials and the occasional manicure or pedicure. We were trained to think in a management frame of mind, always thinking a couple of days ahead about how much business we had in and how we were going to reach our weekly cruise target (promoting, rebooking, etc).

What did you love about that job?

I loved the fact that I didn't have to battle traffic to get to work! That everyday was different and you got to see so many amazing sights and meet some terrific people!

What do you like about that job?

The challenges that you faced with all the different clientele, the "feel good" feeling you get when you make someone feel truly special.

What do you dislike about that job?

The hours we worked. With such an amazing experience comes hard work as well. We were working from 8 AM until 10 PM, 14 hours a day with 2 half days off a week. But working and living with some of the best people you will ever meet encourages you and gives you the strength to get through everyday.

What opportunities has your NaSA qualification given you?

Without my NaSA qualification, I would never have been able to get to where I am today! It's a highly respected school, and the quality of therapists produced from the school definitely have the upper hand when applying for a job. Since graduating I've had the opportunity to run a business sole-charge, travel all over the world on a cruise ship and now work in the top beauty therapy day spa in Christchurch!

Thinking back on your training, what areas did you enjoy the most?

Facials, manicures and pedicures!

Which areas in your course were the hardest?

Anatomy and Physiology. Hard. But very handy later on!

What was your fondest memory or memories while training at NaSA?

The time I spent with my classmates. I remember Kate [Robinson] squatting to do a leg massage and her white smock splitting right up the back! The "study" sessions we used to have over at the Bealey Avenue Speight’s Ale House. Some of my classmates are still my closest friends now!

Do you have any funny stories during your training that you’d like to share? If so, what?

The little songs Sharon [Williams] used to make up whilst trying to learn something new, which I won't repeat [here]. Ha ha.

Which members of staff do you remember the most? And why?

Margaret [Walsh], our electrology teacher. She always had a story for everything.

And Kim [Emmett], our Anatomy and Physiology teacher. She was complaining about how she didn't feel well one morning, and one of the ladies in our class made a joke about how she might be pregnant, which she wasn't very happy about. A few days later, she found out she was [pregnant]!

If you were giving advice to a close friend considering training in beauty therapy, what would it be?

Definitely go for it! There is so much opportunity out there to be taken! With NaSA being such a widely well known college, it's totally worth it! Get where you want to go in life!

Thanks again to Melanie for answering our questions!

10 February 2010

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