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Spa Manager

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, electricians typically complete four years of training in order to perform the job.

Job Training
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€20k > 45 
Spa Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 45 
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RecruitIreland (2014) / Tourism Insight (2016)

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Plans, directs, or coordinates activities of a Spa / Health facility. Coordinates programs, schedules and directs staff, and oversees financial activities.


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Orla Gallagher
Spa Manager  

Orla Gallagher works as the Spa Manager for the Sirana Spa located in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. She holds a Social Science Degree and has Diplomas in the following areas; Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Spa Management. She also has an array of complementary health subjects such as Thai Massage, Iridology, Colon Hydrotherapy, Homotoxicology etc. She is also working with the Athlone Institute of Technology in devising the first Spa Management Degree course in Ireland which will be available in September 2009.

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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Respond to customer inquiries or complaints.

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Schedule guest appointments.

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Maintain client databases.

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Coordinate facility schedules to maximize usage and efficiency.

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Perform accounting duties, such as recording daily cash flow, preparing bank deposits, or generating financial statements.

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Monitor operations to ensure compliance with applicable health, safety, or hygiene standards.

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Plan or direct spa services and programs.

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Develop or implement marketing strategies.

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Sell products, services, or memberships.

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Recruit, interview, or hire employees.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Management of Financial Resources:   Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Entry Routesheader image

Wellness is one of the biggest growth areas in tourism in Ireland and around the world, providing amazing opportunities for you if you pursue a career as a therapist.

Qualifications are essential if you wish to start off as a therapist in the spa sector. Education for this role includes learning about anatomy and physiology.

It is possible to progress up the ladder to Senior Therapist, Spa Supervisor and on to Spa Manager.

There are hundreds of courses available across Ireland to help you get started in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector. If full-time education doesn’t suit, you can also avail of some great apprenticeship programmes in the industry.

See alsolist of hospitality courses from getalifeintourism.

 

Last Updated: November, 2015


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