I started my travel pathway right here at Dover Technical College where I completed my Level 3 BTEC in Travel and Tourism back in 1994. My studies here provided me with some great links within the travel industry and at weekends each winter, I worked as a Ski Train Rep for Crystal Holidays. This involved taking passengers across the channel and onto their ski resorts in France on the ski train. During the summer months, when not at college, I worked as stewardess on board the Hovercraft. I then went to university in London where I gained a BA Honours Degree in Tourism Management.
My goal was always to be Holiday Representative and I was lucky enough to work in many different holiday resorts around Europe. These included Ibiza (my favourite!), Benidorm, Gran Canara, Faliraki, Menorca and Andorra. Working as a Rep was a fun and rewarding experience – it didn’t even feel like work! I have also worked as travel agent for Going Places, a travel consultant for P & O ferries and a Customer Relations Executive for Saga Holidays.
In 2005 I applied to Canterbury Christ Church University to train to be a teacher. Upon completion I secured my first job in a school in Sittingbourne teaching Travel and Tourism. I soon became the subject Leader for Travel and Tourism and remained there until 2017.
In January 2018 I joined Dover Technical College and I am now the Programme Director of Travel. The travel course we offer here is great fun and we cover so many different areas of travel – due to the huge scope of jobs available within the industry. We are also extremely lucky to have our own fully equipped air cabin crew room, which is a replica of a plane. Not many colleges have this great facility! The course provides students with the skills and knowledge to enable them to peruse their dream carer in travel.
Do not let the current situation put you off. The travel industry is robust and always bounces back! When all of this is over, there is going to be one huge rush to get away and the travel industry will thrive once more. Studying with us will make you part of this amazing industry. We look forward to meeting you and helping you work towards your dream career in travel!