Graduate Spotlight - Diana Jedrychowska
Thursday, 4 April 2019
When she finished high school in Poland, Diana had the opportunity to visit Scotland to see her mum who had moved to Aberdeen a few months earlier. She didn’t have any firm plans in place for future study or a particular career in mind but she realised very quickly that Aberdeen was the place she wanted to stay and study. She initially studied English on a part-time basis for a year at North East Scotland College while working as a hotel housekeeper before progressing to the next level on a full-time basis the following year.
Diana said, “I wanted to study further but I felt I was not ready for university yet. I decided to stay at college because I loved the atmosphere. To help us decide what to apply for next, we were able to go to information sessions about different subjects that interested us. I have always liked geography and have a dream to travel the world so HND Travel and Tourism really appealed to me.”
Diana was delighted to be offered a place on the course and soon found her feet. She said, “I loved the fact that there were people from a mixture of countries in the class. It was a fantastic opportunity to find out about other cultures, hear interesting stories and make friendships that last a lifetime!” As the course went on, Diana found that the assessment methods really suited her. She said, “Most of the assessments were reports that I could write in my spare time or practical tests in class. This meant that my organisational skills improved as I had to meet several deadlines and my English improved too.”
She continued, “My favourite units during the course were Air Travel, International Tourism Destinations, Retail and Tour Operations. I also really enjoyed trips to places like the Maritime Museum, Marcliffe Hotel and Stirling Castle. They gave us a valuable insight into the industry.”
Looking back on her time at college, Diana said, “The course gave me important knowledge, skills and experience that I can use in my future career. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in tourism, travelling and meeting new people.”
After finishing her HND, Diana successfully applied to join the third year of BA(Hons) International Tourism Management at RGU. She said, “The DegreeLink arrangements between NESCol and RGU are a fantastic opportunity to spend two years at each institution. You really get the best out of both experiences!” As part of her degree course, Diana was able to apply for a placement opportunity so she applied for a placement at a bicycle company, La Bicicleta Verde in Santiago, Chile. She is enjoying spending six months with the company, helping customers with their bikes and meeting people taking city tours with a sister company.
Looking to the future, Diana said, “I would love to travel the world after completing my degree before finding work in a small company like La Bicicleta Verde. I want to have a job where I can provide a high level of customer service directly to the public because I love working with people!”