When I was studying my A Levels, I knew that I particularly enjoyed Travel and Tourism, I wanted to take my studies further and look at the subject in more depth. I was also working part-time at St James’ Park in Newcastle and being in a hospitality setting was great, I think this helped cement the career path I had in mind.
I ultimately chose to apply to the University of Sunderland after I attended an Open Day, the staff were so friendly and explained the course in-depth. As well as talking about the University and the teaching, I felt the staff took the time to get to know me too, it felt personal. I also went on to attend the Summer School and came away from it feeling so comfortable in my new surroundings, I knew that I would enjoy my time studying here.
The best part of the course for me has been the placement year, I secured a position at The Vermont Hotel. The University supported me in finding a placement and offered me lots of support whilst I undertook it. I’m thrilled that I got to spend a year working in industry and apply my skills and knowledge. Upon completion of my placement year, I was so happy to be offered a permanent position for the company. I have learnt directly from industry professionals and made connections that will benefit me in my future career.
To any future students at University of Sunderland, I would say; Go for it! The staff are amazing and so knowledgeable, the support you get is outstanding and whether it’s something big or small, they will do their best to help you. You get a real personal style of teaching, and the staff really want you to do well. The modules you study really prepare you to go into the world of employment, they are challenging and so engaging, and you can develop areas of interest you may have.
Growing up I never imagined I would go to university, and I am the first member of my family to go and therefore it was never something I’d believed I could do, but I am so glad I did. It really has been a life changing experience for me, both personally and professionally. I am proud of how far I have come. I have loved the past 4 years studying here and I couldn’t have asked for anymore from my experience."
Published 17 May 2021