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High flying Alumni inspire travel and tourism students

Thursday 21 February 2019

 

Level 3 Travel & Tourism students were visited by two ex-students who answered questions about their jobs working for British Airways (BA) and Jet 2’s Cabin Crews. The talk took place at Westminster Kingsway College’s (WKC) Victoria Centre earlier this month (Thursday 1 February 2019) and offered a forum for current students to learn from alumni working in the industry they aspire to join.

D’andra Smith and Simona Yordanova studied at WKC Kings Cross Centre from 2014-16, studying Cabin Crew & Aviation. The two shared stories about college, working in the industry of their dreams and answering FAQs about the industry.

D’andra explained, “I joined the course straight out of secondary school; I knew what career I wanted and what path I needed to take to get there.

“Westminster Kingsway came up when looking where to study and the way the college was the way the teachers are and the course I just said this is the right college for me.

“The Cabin Crew course allowed me to get an insight into the company and basically just pretend to be in cabin crew. I loved that and I continued to the next course which was Aviation.

“We had fun doing our coursework and working with our teacher Jo-Ann to get it all done on time.”

D’andra went on to talk about how her time at the college had changed her for the better, the role of teachers and confidence in creating the life she has now.

“When I started the course I was very shy. Jo-Ann helped me build my confidence and act the way I do in my job now. After finishing the course I put a stop on my career for personal reasons and was working in JD Sports. Speaking to Simona, she told me to apply for the job (working as cabin crew for BA) but I thought I wasn’t going to get it. Despite highs and lows and expecting rejection I made it to the next stage of the application and I was like ‘is this really happening’ because I was at such as low point. Things just got better and better as I got through training.

“We really appreciate everything Jo-Ann and all of the teachers here have done for us. If it wasn’t for her then we wouldn’t be where we are.”

Simona, also an alumnus of Westminster Kingsway College, detailed her experience coming from a family in the sector. Speaking openly about her circumstances, she said: “I come from an aviation background. My Granddad was a pilot, my dad was captain in the Bulgarian Airforce and I wanted to follow in their footsteps. I have a real passion for aviation.

“After cabin crew and aviation I applied for a job back in Bulgaria, however in my home country it doesn’t matter what skills and qualifications you have if you don’t know the right people you aren’t going to get very far. After this, I applied for Stansted security and got the job straight away. I then went on to apply for cabin crew with Jet 2 and also got that job straight away.”

“I would do anything to go back to the college space. I had such fun in the classroom. They say if you do a job that you are very passionate about you will never work a day of your life and that’s what college was for me. It was so interesting learning new things and I enjoyed it.”

Jo-Ann said, “I take my hat off to these two. They completed a really hard course and it was a lot, especially for their age. And now they have the jobs they have worked hard for.”

If you are interested in studying Travel & Tourism, click here to find out more: https://www.westking.ac.uk/subject/travel-tourism/

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