• Quenching the Thirst for Education in Sweden

    Last month, my colleague Arabella Lane and I had the opportunity to visit Stockholm in Sweden to conduct an International Dermal Institute (IDI) event on Rosacea and Inflammation to the students of St. Eriks College.

    In Sweden, the level of education is very high. Students have the option to either attend a private college or state college to complete their beauty/aesthetic diploma. Unfortunately, due to the economy, the numbers of jobs in the aesthetic field have started to decline, making the industry very competitive. As a result, students now value their education more than ever. In fact they are always looking to expand their knowledge in specialized areas like the skin.

    During this visit I was delighted to see many familiar faces of those who attended an IDI event last year. In fact this time I had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with the students during break. It was great to hear their laughter, feel their enthusiasm and also share personal stories about their love for the industry. Whilst we were chatting I found out that in Sweden they are required to complete an assignment on a specialized subject of choice. They can choose the subject; it can be skin specific, body or treatment related. This was music to my ears as many of them have chosen Rosacea as a result of our IDI visits that we have conducted. Even though they attended the same class last year, they expressed to me that they never stop learning and that their love and passion for IDI education never stops.

    We look forward to visiting with our friends in Stockholm again in the future!

    Vicky Convey is a valuable member of the IDI team and works to educate skin therapists abroad.

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