A former Cornwall College St Austell student has achieved a dream university work experience placement in an amazing exotic resort for a whole year to build on her industry skills.
Karolina Wrobel, 20, originally from Poland, has just finished her first year at Leeds Metropolitan University studying a four-year sandwich course in international tourism management. In just under a year after leaving college and passing her Travel and Tourism Advanced Diploma with a distinction she is due to leave the UK for one of the seven Sandals resorts in Jamaica.
An excited Karolina had just found out when she came to the College to share her information: “When I found out that I was going to Jamaica for a year I couldn’t believe it, I was so excited! I have always wanted to travel from a young age, I am curious about how other cultures live. Doing the course at St Austell really opened my mind to what careers could be available to me studying travel and tourism.”
Karolina really enjoyed the marketing and event units on the course at college and wants to expand on these: “In Jamaica I hope to work with the weddings and PR department which will give me a great insight into this side of the industry, I can’t wait for October when I will fly out!”
Karolina was one of 14 lucky and talented students at the University, chosen from hundreds, who will get to spend their year work placement at one of the idyllic Sandals resorts in the Caribbean. Sandwich courses are ideal for industries where there are so many different career paths that a student can take. Travel and tourism jobs could include, resort representatives, cabin crew, working on cruise ships, travel agency manager and many more.
Tessa Claridge, Deputy Head of College at Cornwall College St Austell, said: “Working at a luxury resort will be such a unique experience and very different from the college and university environment she has been used to over the last few years. I have every confidence that Karolina will prosper at this opportunity and grow as a person and come back determined about what she wants to do as a career.”
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