Alumni

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Sasha Francesca Kaalman
BA(Hons) International Tourism Management with placement
(Graduated 2016 – 1st Class with Distinction)


Sasha is currently partaking a 4-month internship at the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI) in Auckland, New Zealand.

NZTRI – “Our research enables business, community and government to develop profitable and sustainable industry outcomes.”


She has taken the time to tell us what she's up to since graduating and what her plans are in the near future!

"I’ve always wanted to do a Masters degree, with my final year of my undergrad motivating me into wanting to do a ‘Masters by Research’ degree instead of a normal taught Masters. But I’m unsure as to whether I actually have enough skills for this degree just yet, and I also don’t even know if I will enjoy going down the path of research in the future! So, I decided to do a 4-month internship at NZTRI in order to gain some experience before signing up for my Masters at UCLan.
I started at NZTRI in March 2017, so have been here for just over 2 weeks now, and I’m really enjoying it! It took a while to get used to being in an office 9-5pm but the topics keep me busy, and at least I get weekends off so I can go and explore the country.
I am mainly assisting with a New Zealand domestic tourism research project on motorcaravanning – creating business, community and social media databases, looking into media/news coverage on certain parks and the ‘freedom camping’ side of things. I am also starting to help with projects related to the Cook Island International Visitor Surveys, which the institute have been doing for a number of years now to help the islands. As well as these, I have also received training in research software, such as NVivo, Qualtrics, SPSS, Piktochart and Mapping.
I am using this time at NZTRI to think of possible ideas in which I could research as part of my Masters by Research degree and, at the moment, I am enjoying looking into the freedom camping within New Zealand, so this could be an idea!"




Since graduating, Adam Smith has kindly taken time out to tell us about his new career.

In addition to securing a First Class Honours Degree, Adam was awarded the Merlin Entertainments Prize 2014 for exceptional academic performance.

He said: "I chose UCLan because they provided the opportunity to do a 48-week international work placement. I was impressed the course involved management sector modules as well as tourism ones, as this helped open doors for me in my career.

"The course offers great international trips and I've made some amazing lifelong friends. The class sizes are smaller than other universities, so I felt like I wasn't just another number but a person that all my tutors knew and I could go to them for help in any aspect of my university life which wouldn’t have been the case at bigger institutions.

"As part of my degree I undertook a placement at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida. This enabled me to gain invaluable industry experience to complement the theoretical content of my course. During my final year of the course, I also worked and volunteered for Merlin Entertainments in Blackpool.

"My advice to other students is to take full advantage of the opportunities available at UCLan, go on as many trips as you can and see the world. I think choosing UCLan was the best decision I've ever made, as my degree helped me secure a job with World Travel Holdings and partner group Cruise118."

Hayley: "I knew I wanted to study Tourism at university and I selected UCLan as the course stood out. They provided the opportunity to do a 48-week international work placement which led to me securing a job with British Airways.

"I've progressed from cabin crew to a position at Head Office, working on projects which look at ways of enhancing service on our most prestigious routes.

"I made some amazing lifelong friends at UCLan; took part in all the international trips, completed a fantastic work placement at Walt Disney World in Florida and learnt about the Tourism Industry from a business perspective from supportive and knowledgeable tutors.

"I recommend students take full advantage of the opportunities available at UCLan, such as going on work placement and utilising the knowledge available within the department to achieve your full potential."

"My degree was paramount in attaining a job at British Airways, as it provided me with tourism industry knowledge, employability skills and allowed me to gain invaluable work experience through my placement year."

Emily: "I graduated from UCLan in 2013 with a First Class Degree in International Tourism Management. After completing a one-year internship with Disney, I sealed a full-time role as a Petty Officer. The internship was invaluable, as it gave me the skills I needed to secure the position.

"In June 2014 I became a co-ordinator for Guest Services. It's basically front desk supervisor (I get to wear whites!) and I’m in charge of all the training for my team. I’m really loving my job and learning everday.

"I get loads of great privileges during my free time, including being allowed in all guest areas such as pools, jacuzzis, sun loungers and movie theatre. I also get to watch the amazing shows we have on board, such as Disney's Believe and the amazing firework displays we have."

Natasha: "I’d always wanted a career in the Travel Industry and after studying a similar subject at College, it was a natural progression for me to study the topic at University.

"After graduating I decided to travel to Australia and New Zealand for six months before finding my first career role as a Junior Sales/Account Manager for a luxury travel company.

"The role is very varied but its main focus is to support existing business accounts and to create new business wherever possible. Some of my favourite memories of UCLan were formed on our group study trips.

"I was very fortunate to go on all three trips throughout the degree; Barcelona, New York and Cambodia. All the trips were made relevant to our studies at the time, but they were also a brilliant way of getting to know people on your course and other courses within the University School.

"As part of my degree course I undertook a 48-week placement at The Co-operative Travel's Head Office in Manchester. This enabled me to gain invaluable industry experience to complement the theoretical content of my course. I feel this experience greatly enhanced my performance in my final year as I was able to contribute real life experiences to my work."

Cara: "I’d studied Tourism at GCSE level in and achieved an 'A'. I found the studies exciting and fresh and I always knew I wanted a job within the industry.

"Whilst studying at UCLan I’d taken on a part-time job at Premier Inn which I loved, so when I graduated I went up to full-time and soon after became a Team Leader."From there I progressed into managerial roles at Blackpool, Chorley and Bolton, before becoming New Openings Operations Manager at the new Premier Inn in Preston.

"I had some great tutors whilst studying at UCLan who really engaged me within the classes including Carley Sutton, Peter McGrath, Peter Cave and Martine Middleton. They really helped me get to where I am today."

Tom: "I graduated in 2011 and initially took up a seasonal role at Butlin's, Minehead. After receiving the university's Gilbertson Excellence Scholarship, I undertook a Master's in Scriptwriting, which I successfully completed in December 2013.

"I've now set up my own hospitality consultancy, Little Touches. It's hospitality with a twist on normality - not a 'one stop shop', but a details specialist with original and classic concepts to surprise, delight and unite, but never frighten hospitality guests across the board.

"The idea for this came during my second year, where I particularly enjoyed the 'Managing Service Operations' delivered by Carley Sutton, which got me thinking about attention to detail as a phenomenon in its own right."

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