"I chose a placement at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in London because of the important economic impact research it carries out, demonstrating the industry’s global value."
"Working as a Communications Coordinator, a highlight of my year was inviting former President Bill Clinton to deliver a keynote speech at the WTTC Global Summit 2013.
President Clinton wrote a personal letter of congratulations to our team after the event; I still have a copy of it and it gives me a great sense of achievement.
My placement also included international travel to places like Abu Dhabi, and I attended lots of meetings and events where I listened to some great speakers and networked with people in the industry.
I received a lot of support when I was finding a placement. My lecturers were very approachable, giving advice on CVs and cover letters, while my programme had a module dedicated to professional business skills to prepare us for working on placement.
My placement year has given me a great network of contacts within the travel and tourism industry. Personally, it gave me a sense of focus to work hard in my final year and to keep using the skills I had acquired. My confidence has grown, I have become more articulate and I understand more about job roles that suit me."