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Hayley Bartholomew

"I knew I wanted to study tourism at university, and I chose UCLan because the course stood out as they provide the opportunity to do a 48 week international work placement, which really appealed to me.

I made some amazing lifelong friends at UCLan, took part in all the international trips, completed a fantastic work placement at Walt Disney World in Florida and learnt about the tourism industry from a business perspective from supportive and knowledgeable tutors.

My greatest achievement has been securing a full-time permanent job with British Airways, which has opened up many doors to many opportunities within the organisation. I’m on a management programme which started with joining the cabin crew at British Airways – including a mixture of long and short haul routes all over the world.

My degree was paramount in attaining the BA job, as my degree provided me with tourism industry knowledge, employability skills and allowed me to gain invaluable work experience through my placement year.

My advice to other students is to take full advantage of the opportunities available at UCLan, go on work placement and utilise the knowledge available within the department to achieve your full potential."