Tourism & Events

Are you a people person? Looking for excitement and adventure? Want to visit different places? Fancy a fun working environment? If this sounds like you then a career in Tourism or Events could be the ideal choice.

Working in travel or events is a rewarding career that could literally take you around the world!

At Dundee and Angus College we deliver a broad programme that introduces you to the main roles in the tourism sector such as Travel Agents, Cabin Crew, Tour Guides and Airport Check-in Staff.

We will give you skills and knowledge in Customer Service, World Attractions, Holiday Types and much more. The teaching team has extensive knowledge and experience to cover Scottish, UK, European and World tourism topics.

We also cover critical 21st Century business areas such as Marketing, Sustainable Development, Employability Training and Digital Skills. You may also get the opportunity to travel to Europe as part of your course.

Events is a vibrant and booming sector, locally and nationally, and worth an annual £42.3 billion to the UK economy providing opportunities to work across a diverse range of events including music festivals, conferences, cultural events, sporting occasions and exhibitions.

You will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts, gain work experience within the sector, and participate in external visits.

Read on and get your career off to a flying start...

Eleanor’s Story

Eleanor Mitchell had never worked during her 17-year marriage so she decided she needed to get some qualifications to give her a better chance of employment.

“At the time I was interested in working for an airport so I opted for Dundee and Angus College’s Travel and Tourism course. As I was the only mature student in the class, I enjoyed the friendships I had with the younger students. Mixing with them helped me understand everyone had different needs and insecurities. We all helped each other in different ways and have become good life-long friends. I am immensely proud of where some of them are now.

“Over the range of NC to HNC I became more aware of the Scottish Tourism Industry which interested me more than I thought it would.”

Eleanor then secured a role at Visit Scotland Tourist Information in Dundee and completed a BA Hons International Tourism Management Degree at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

“This was all possible because of the encouragement and belief that the lecturers at the college had in me, as university was not something I would have considered before. I am proof that these courses work no matter what your age is.”

Heidie's Story

When Heidie Hird reached her fifties she decided it was time to for a change.

“I opted to study Travel and Tourism at Dundee and Angus College. The staff were friendly and helpful when I attended my interview and explained everything which, as a mature student, was important to me. Once I started going to lectures I was fascinated by the subject topics and choices.”

Heidie progressed from NC to HNC then HND.

“I was encouraged throughout by my lecturers who believed in me and the door was always open if I needed help. I loved the fact that I still have many of my classmates as friends and we keep in contact and encourage each other with everything. I am really proud that due to my work experience over the years I was able to help a lot of my classmates with some of the role play assessments. The younger students were really nervous about their abilities. I was able to sit with them and encourage them by working on their strengths and weaknesses.”

When Heidie first started studying Travel and Tourism she was unsure which path she wanted to follow.

“The subject choices gave me a wider range of knowledge so I could make more certain choices. I was aiming to be a Tour Guide or a Tourist Information Officer but Covid 19 changed all that. This inspired me to attend university as I had the knowledge and confidence gained through my three years at college. As I had passed my HND I was able to go straight into 3rd year of my course at Stirling University.”

Eventually Heidie would like to start a tourist information business, specialising in disabled tourism. She would also love to be a Tour Guide. Here. She sums up her experience: “Never be afraid to take the opportunity to change your life. I did it at the age of 51 and it was the best move I could have made.”

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