The tourism industry is definitely a dynamic, ever changing, challenging environment which appeals to me a lot, which is why I thought of doing a course in tourism. I heard there is a high level of job satisfaction and that it’s an industry that has plenty of opportunities. Also I really liked the idea that the skills within the tourism industry are transferable from country to country.
I found out about the tourism courses available by going on the DIT website and doing some research. I decided to do the Tourism Marketing course because there seemed to be a great mix between business, marketing and tourism itself. The lectures in DIT are definitely helpful, the tutors have great experience themselves so the knowledge we gain is extremely valuable.
I have a part time job in Dublin Tourism which involves: Providing tourist information on Ireland, booking accommodation and a variety of marketing related activities. In Dublin Tourism I interact with the tourists the most, you can’t get bored there. The course I am doing was definitely an advantage during the recruitment process.
As part of the course I did a work placement in the Guinness Storehouse in the marketing department. As an intern I get involved in lots of different projects: tracing media coverage, increasing visibility of the Guinness Storehouse on the Internet, updating websites, conducting travel guides’ audit, creating language school resource pack, contact list of tour operators, filing. The team I have pleasure to learn from are absolutely amazing as teachers and also enjoy their work very much.
I would definitely recommend my course and the tourism industry to anyone thinking of it. I love the variety and the dynamic nature of the industry and the fact that there are opportunities available around the world.
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