I have always been a keen traveller and from an early age I knew that I wanted a career that enabled me to be involved in the travel industry. At secondary school I enjoyed learning French and German and taught myself Spanish after a particularly exciting holiday to Barcelona.
The majority of my travels have been in Europe although I am planning a six week tour of America next summer. I also hope to explore Asia in the future, possibly by teaching English as a foreign language.
To help me achieve my career goals I studied Travel and Tourism at college by taking the AVCE Travel and Tourism course. This gave me the chance to put my love of travel into an industry context and develop my knowledge of the business aspects of travel and tourism.
I have always been business minded and my course taught me the valuable leadership and organisational skills I will need to succeed in this highly competitive industry.
As well as completing written work for the course I also had to take part in practical exercises, such as organising a competition with school children based around a local tourist attractive.
Another aspect of the course was taking part in a two week work placement and for this I was lucky enough to secure a place at the Tower of London. During this time I acted as a tour guide, showed the Events Department, and got to work with the Marketing Department on a future exhibition.
When I am not fulfilling my academic responsibilities I like to keep fit, particularly by running. I am a Committee Member for my local running club and regularly organise both competitive and fun running events.
I am also a keen cook and enjoy trying recipes from other parts of the world.
I hope that my strong organisational and team work skills will make me a valuable and useful member of my course. After graduation I hope to spend some more time abroad and then take up a role within the travel and tourism industry.