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Travel and Tourism alumni visit Eastleigh College students for inspiring talks

Students from our travel and tourism courses have been treated to multiple visits in recent weeks by alumni who have enjoyed flourishing careers in the travel and tourism sector.

November has been a busy month for the travel and tourism department, with a variety of guest speakers taking time out of their busy schedules to visit our current students and talk to them about their experiences in the field, the lessons they’ve learned and career advice for the future.

Ethan left Eastleigh College in 2020 having obtained a Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism. He has since gone on to work with two major UK airlines, Wizz Air and British Airways, and has been back multiple times to share his experiences as a Flight Attendant, most recently this month where he was able to talk about the lessons he’s learned over his 3 years in the industry.

Kayley was featured in a College case study last year, upon completion of her studies, and has since gone on to travel the world in her role as Cabin Crew Attendant at Virgin Atlanic. This month we welcomed Kayley back to Eastleigh College where she gave a presentation to students who share aspirations to become part of a Cabin Crew team.

This week, alumna Kaitlin gave a virtual talk to our students from Finland, where she is currently studying a Masters of Science degree in Northern Tourism at the University of Lapland. Students were fascinated to learn about her journey through Higher Education where she has studied International Tourism and obtained First-Class Honours, which all began through her course at Eastleigh College.

Michelle Thornton, Lecturer in Travel and Tourism at Eastleigh College, commented: “The department is very proud of our alumni and we thank them for taking the time to talk to us here. It’s so inspiring for students to see people of their own age successfully realising their ambitions and enjoying positive experiences in the sector.”

According to The Office for National Statistics, the travel and tourism sector is enjoying significant growth in 2023, which is projected to grow further still looking ahead to 2024. Such growth increases demand across the sector, both in terms of education and career opportunities. It is therefore an excellent time to study Travel and Tourism, with our courses helping equip students with the fundamental skills to pursue a career in the industry. For more information, please visit our dedicated website page here.

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