Mansfield students hopeful about future careers in travel sector after pandemic ends

Travel and tourism students at a Mansfield college have been on a very important journey over the last few weeks.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:51 pm
Captain Jaspal Singh joined students online.

Despite not being allowed to leave their home work stations, students on the travel and tourism diplomas at West Nottinghamshire College took some interesting journeys into the world of travel.

This was thanks to engaging conversations and industry tips from guests all enjoying studies and careers in the sector.

First to greet the students online through Microsoft Teams was Virgin Atlantic airline pilot captain Jaspal Singh.

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Liam Weston worked as cabin crew for TUI.

Jaspal, who is a senior first officer for the company, spoke to groups about his experiences as a pilot and the countries he has flown to throughout his 20-year career.

He helped to raise students’ motivation levels regarding the tourism market saying students should continue to aim to reach their final career choices in life despite the setbacks over the past 12 months through the coronavirus pandemic.

Pippa Davies, volunteer manager from Nottingham Castle Trust, provided an insight into the positive advantages of volunteering.

Students also had the chance to speak with Liam Weston, a flight attendant for TUI.

Level 3 diploma student Lia Crowder said: “Meeting the guests online was such a help for me.

"My dream job, since I was really young, has been to be part of cabin crew. Obviously the pandemic has left a lot of people wanting to go into the travel and tourism industry very uncertain.

“Listening to the online guests helped us to realise that the industry will indeed pick up in the near future.”

Tutor Hannah Locke said: “We’ve been delighted to welcome many guest speakers. The travel sector is constantly evolving so we are always looking ahead for the next adventure.”