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Former student Sonya Fanson has returned to Bath College to look for new recruits for an international cosmetics and spa company.

The 36-year-old said it felt like she was “turning back the clock” as she re-visited the classrooms where her career started.

Sonya, who is now the Global Spa Recruitment Manager at LUSH, talked to the College’s Complementary Therapy students about her rapid progression from a student into management.

She told students what employers were looking for, shared interview tips with them and encouraged them to: “show bags of enthusiasm” and “reach for the top.”

Sonya said: “These are just the types of people who could be working for LUSH in the very near future.

“We are always looking for therapists and it’s great to see so much enthusiasm from Bath College students. It’s easy to see how passionate they are about the industry.

“Having completed the course myself, I know they have the right skills. They could be just what the company is looking for.”

Sonya left school and worked in management consultancy for nine years before deciding to return to College at the age of 27.

She “followed her dream” and studied Complementary Therapy at Bath College from 2006 to 2007 which she described as “a completely new challenge.”

Sonya worked as store and spa manager at the LUSH spa in Poole, Dorset, for four years before setting up the company’s People Support department with a specialist interest in recruitment. She is based at the company’s headquarters in Poole but travels to LUSH’s 800 stores in 51 countries.

LUSH currently has seven spas across the UK and is set to open its seventh underneath Bath’s Union Street store on June 1st.

Sonya said: “I got the job at LUSH because of the Bath College qualification that I had.

“I wanted to come back to inspire current students and show them a possible career path.”

Sonya will also be one of the judges at the South West’s Complementary Therapy competition, which takes place at Bath College’s Academy Spa on June 23.

Training and professional therapists are encouraged to enter before Friday (May 22) in the categories of Aromatherapy, Body Massage or Reflexology.

For more information about Complementary Therapy courses or next month’s competition, email Diana Rowe at rowed@bathcollege.ac.uk or call 01225 328538.

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Pictured above: Former student Sonya Fanson (second from left) with Bath College’s Complementary Therapy Lecturer Diana Rowe and students.

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