Travel and tourism students gain from company visit

Sophie Lloyd, Zeinab Rashid, Ammrah Sharif and front Stephanie O’Reilly and Manei Aldbubab

Sophie Lloyd, Zeinab Rashid, Ammrah Sharif and front Stephanie O’Reilly and Manei Aldbubab

Stephanie O’Reilly of Solihull-based online specialist Everywhere Travel visited the Hall Green Campus of South & City College as part of an industry week that saw business leaders share their experiences from the ‘coal face’.

She talked through her career so far and her role at Everywhere Travel, explaining how the firm recently became more consumer-facing after specialising in travel operations for an exclusive members group. In all 40 travel and tourism students got the low-down on the challenges that exist but also tips on making the grade.

Student Manei Aldhubab said: “I found it really interesting to learn how different types of people have started in the travel and tourism industry and what level of jobs they have now achieved. I hope I can do the same in the not-too-distant future.”

Student Zeinab Rashid said: “Stephanie’s talk has been very helpful in giving me a proper introduction to the different types of travel companies and I have gained a lot more knowledge and insight about working in the tourism industry.”

Lucy Carew, a travel and tourism tutor at the college, said: “The talk was very well received and I think because Stephanie’s quite young and has already achieved so much, it has encouraged our students to believe if they work hard and persevere they can achieve their dream travel and tourism job sooner rather than later.”
Stephanie added: “The students asked some really interesting and thought-provoking questions and had obviously done their homework.

“I was impressed. It’s always a pleasure helping and inspiring youngsters to get into an industry that I truly believe in and am passionate about – because that’s how I started, asking lots of questions.”

* The industry week was part of South & City College’s InBusiness Network initiative, which works with local businesses to encourage interaction with students.