Stories from a TAFE tourism and hospitality student
Let Brad's story inspire you to join Australia's fastest growing sector, tourism and hospitality:-
Brad McLeod, Student,
Brad's passion for the Tourism/Travel sector all began for me back in around 2001, when he started volunteering at the Local Tourist Information Centre and finished in about 2005 and he volunteered whilst he was studying at Secondary College.
Here's Brad's story.....
After completing year 12/VCE in 2005, I joined the workforce in 2006 and got my first job at the local IGA where I did a Certificate II in Retail Operations. I enjoyed studying this and then decided to study a Certificate IV in Tourism Operations via Online TAFE studies with a local TAFE, which I completed in 2008.
In the years since leaving school, I completed a Traineeship and completed my Certificate II in Retail Operations as well as completing my Certificate IV in Tourism Operations.
I took a break from studies and worked full time in Retail at a couple local businesses in my local area. I was a Team Leader, Supervisor, and a Retail Coordinator - in charge of taking and placing orders, customer service and range of other responsibilities.
I also had the opportunity to attend Retail Conferences, where I met people from across Australia working with the same organisation. This was a great experience and I found these conferences to be very informative, helpful, and useful for the networking and relationship building with staff from other stores.
After nearly 11 years working in the retail business sector, I decided to pursue my passion/career goal in the Travel/Tourism Sector.
I returned to study online through TAFE studies, enrolling in Certificate III in Tourism Parks and Resorts. I am also underway with my Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management. Initially, I was undecided about going ahead with the Diploma, however, with advice and support from my TAFE teacher and others, I decided to undertake the studies. I am underway with my first module of Leading and Manage People and am happy I chose to go ahead with studying the Diploma.
Moving forward in my career/business journey, I will have completed all three Certificates on offer through my Local TAFE, and have good foundations for a career in the Tourism/Travel Sector.
Not only am I creating a portfolio of various organizations I have been emailing and I have also in the last couple weeks been messaging via Facebook trialling this out and see how I went, and this has been very well received by everyone. And I am extremely grateful for their assistance etc., for doing this for me also. But I am putting myself out there and this has been not just restricted to just Victoria I have been branching out across the whole of Australia.
I am a strong believer in pursuing your passion and main focus in life, whether it’s a specific career or a life goal. Go ahead and chase it, because you don’t want to look back and think what could have been.
I hope you are inspired by my passion/desire to have a career in the Travel/Tourism Sector, which started as a goal back in around 2001. I never gave up, working in retail for so many years and never losing the desire and passion to chase my dreams to work in travel and tourism. I finally can say I am doing something I have always wanted to do and am chasing my dreams.
While it may not always be easy, never ever give up no matter the challenges that arise. You will feel a sense of pride and happiness within yourself when you look back saying I did that, I chased my dream, I chased my life goal, and I achieved it. Trust me it is a great feeling.