Sara Watkins, Area Manager for Mark Warner Talks of her Experiences
Sara talks to Hair and Beauty Jobs about her passion for working abroad, the benefits of working in a seasonal business and the challenges she faces as a manager.
If you're thinking of applying for a management therapist role on holiday resort Sara's account could be useful reading.....
Q. What attracted you to working abroad?
I've wanted to travel since I was sixteen; working abroad allows me to do this whilst furthering my career.
Q. Why did choose Mark Warner?
It allowed me to work in Europe for six months at a time.
Q. What was your first role with Mark Warner?
Manager of Viva, Paleros.
Q. How did you get to this point in your career?
I got to where I am by having the confidence to go to new places and meet new people.
Q. What have you gained from working with Mark Warner?
Management skills, treatment training, and learning the finance side of the job.
Q. What is involved in the job of a Viva manager?
To run an efficient salon, stock control, team work, and motivation.
Aiming for targets.
Q. What is involved in the job of a viva area manager?
To be an area manager you need to have the ability to run 6 salons from your resort including your own. To be firm but fair, and handle staffing issues calmly. You need to have a head for figures and be able to maintain stock control.
Advise on promotions and increasing targets.
Q. What are the benefits of seasonal life?
Travelling and meeting new people.
Q. Have you used the hotel facilities/enjoyed the skiing and beach environment and related sporting activities?
Last summer I tried wakeboarding and this winter I learnt to ski. This is an amazing way to learn new skills.
Q. Are there any unique experiences that you have enjoyed whilst working for Mark Warner?
Learning to ski and wakeboard.
Q. What are the disadvantages?
Being away from family.
Q. What is the high point in your career so far?
Becoming area manager.
Q. What keeps you motivated?
Hitting targets, money.
Q. What advice would you give to someone wanting to reach your position?
I would tell them to go for it. If you don't try you won't get anywhere.
Q. Where do you hope to be in 2 years time?