Higher National Diploma Travel and Tourism student, Meghan Macfarlane (19), has learned there is far more to the tourism industry than working in a travel agency.
Falkirk based Megan, is hoping to use her time at Forth Valley College as a springboard to carve out a career servicing the country’s growing visitor industry.
“So far the course has taught me that the skills and knowledge gained can be transferred between different employment sectors, and that the opportunities are not restricted either to a particular sector or country,” said Meghan.
“I chose to study at Forth Valley after deciding to leave school after S5 because I was really keen on building a career in tourism.”
The programme prepares students for a full range of positions within the travel and tourism sector. Initiatives like direct flights from China to Edinburgh mean tourism numbers coming to Scotland show no sign of slowing down. The course gives students a grounding in the variety of careers open to them and equips them with the skills they need to take advantage of this growing sector of the economy.
“The lecturers on the course are very approachable meaning any questions asked will always receive a helpful answer and feedback on work is always constructive,” she said.
“Since attending the college the experience has really benefited me personally, I have grown as an individual and learnt new skills and had new experiences that wouldn’t have been possible without being at the college.
“The best bit for me was being able to go to Poland with my class. The trip itself was amazing and demonstrated first hand all the possible employment opportunities that a career in tourism could deliver. I experienced a different culture and it also allowed the class to bond and that really helped with the teamwork activities that are part of the course work.”
Meghan said her confidence has really grown since starting the course
“You are really encouraged by the lecturers to express opinions and ask questions, it’s a real interactive learning experience.
“I would recommend the course to others. The subject itself is fun and interesting and I now know that there are so many different employment opportunities and it could lead to the chance of further education learning, if that is the route you wanted to go down,” she added.
“So far my Forth Valley College experience has been fun, informative and inspiring.”
For more information call 01324 403000 or visit https://www.forthvalley.ac.uk/courses/tourism/hnd-tourism