Motivation, educational and professional aspirations and level of competence of master students in cosmetology at the Jagiellonian University

Olga Debska-Ratuszniak, Danuta Plichta, Radoslaw Spiewak

Department of Experimental Dermatology and Cosmetology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Source: Debska-Ratuszniak O, Plichta D, Spiewak R. Motywacje, aspiracje edukacyjne i zawodowe oraz poziom kompetencji sluchaczy studiow magisterskich na kierunku kosmetologia Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego. Estetol Med Kosmetol 2012; 2 (1): 28-32. (In Polish)


Cosmetology is a new branch of health sciences with relatively limited experience in academic teaching. In the process of shaping an effective curriculum, it is important to know the motivations and expectations of the students.
Aim: To study the motivation, competence, as well as educational and professional aspirations of students of the Master of Science curriculum in cosmetology.
Material and methods: A questionnaire survey of 132 master students of cosmetology in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Results: The main motive for choosing this field of study was an interest in cosmetology and skin care (59% of respondents). The decision to choose this field was taken autonomously by 98% of respondents; for most of them (59%), the decisive factor was the need for self-realization, development of own skills and interests. The most common motive for continuing education at the master's level was to increase professional qualifications (64%) and to receive a full university education (54%). If they had to choose once again, most students (71%) would still choose cosmetology as the field of their study. The main reason for choosing the Jagiellonian University as the place of education was the reputation and prestige of this institution. After graduation, they aspired to work in a dermatology clinic, as a physician's assistant in the field of skin care (54%). The main advantages of working as a cosmetologist, in the opinions of the respondents were new challenges (54%) and work in a friendly environment (38%), the major disadvantage being the strong competition in the labour market (75%). Almost a half of the students (45%) were concerned about the lack of legal regulations in their future profession.
Conclusions: Most students of cosmetology chose their field of study based on an independent decision and well-considered premises. The students appreciate the relevance of the quality of education.

Keywords: cosmetology students, master's study, motivation, competence, aspirations, expectations.

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