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Posted: 24/05/13

Travel and tourism students promote the industry

The vast range of jobs in the travel and tourism industry were promoted by students at a careers fair at West Nottinghamshire College on Wednesday (22 May).

Students on the second year BTEC Extended National Diploma in Travel and Tourism programme invited guest speakers from a range of companies such as Bolsover Cruise Club, Ryanair and Park Holidays to speak to other students about the employment opportunities in the industry.

Visitors to the careers fair had the opportunity to visit a range of information stands which covered the many kinds of jobs that travel and tourism students can apply for after their studies.

At the event, students heard from Adam Wilford, a singer and entertainer, about his varied career in the holiday industry both in the UK and abroad. 

Students also enjoyed linking up with ex-student Jamie White via Skype. Jamie is now working in America at the Central Michigan University on the Disney graduate programme. He spoke to students about the training and opportunities he’s had since moving overseas to develop his career.

The group also invited ex-student Natalie Carney to the event to speak about her work as a cabin crew member and The Mercedes Curnow Foundation – a charity which focuses on early detection of cervical cancer.

Natalie, 23, studied on the BTEC programme in 2012 and went on to work for Ryanair.  In 2012, Natalie was diagnosed with cervical cancer and became one of Britain’s youngest ever hysterectomy patient. Students have been working hard to raise funds for the Mercedes Curnow Foundation which Natalie is heavily involved with.

Travel and tourism tutor Leigh-Anne Purdon said: “I’m so impressed by how well-organised and professional the students have been in preparing for and leading on this year’s careers fair. 

“They’ve clearly surpassed the criteria for the events management course module and they made the careers fair a lively and informative activity, giving their peers who visited the event many ideas about future employment and training.”