Recent School of Tourism graduate Nick Guy has just launched a new student and graduate recruitment business with a twist.
Witlr, set up by Nick and his business partner David Rubie-Todd who also studied at Bournemouth, aims to redefine how businesses find their ideal candidate. Witlr aims to create an online hub where businesses can find their ideal employee. In turn, they will make it easier for graduates to find a role that suits their skill set and personality, leading to greater job satisfaction and long term career prospects.
Nick explains the need for such a tailored service. “Witlr is a professional platform that gives students and graduates a place to discover opportunities that previously they would never have known or thought about. In my final year at university I was applying to all the big graduate schemes not because I particularly wanted to work there but it just seemed like the only option available.”
We wish the team the best of luck for this new business and encourage any students or graduates to take a look at the site:
Visit www.witlr.com to build your profile and be instantly connected to employers.
Find out more about the team on their Facebook page or follow @Witlr for the latest news and advice.Read More
Here at the School of Tourism we are very proud of our Alumni and we like to show case what they have got up to and how far they have travelled.
To celebrate this fact we are putting together a School of Tourism Hall of Fame. The “Hall of Fame” will consist of photos of our alumni in exciting places with a small caption that will be eventually displayed in the School of Tourism.
If you are part of our alumni we would love to receive pictures from you! We are looking for exciting pictures of you all around the world and a small caption about what you’re doing now and explaining the photo.
It could be anything from working in a foreign country to working or being part of the Olympics – we would love to hear from you!
The only requirements are you are in the photo and that you are part of the School of Tourism Alumni!
If you would like to get involved please send your photo and a small caption to Anna Jones email@example.com
Please note by sending your image you consent to it being used in School of Tourism Hall of Fame and potentially other promotional material.Read More
A few weeks ago we bought you a blog story on Christy Hehir book success. See here.
To add to that success, Christy recently got the opportunity to give the Duchess of Cambridge a copy of her book!
Last week Christy got the opportunity to attend the TUSK charity event at the Royal Geographical Society. She was seated a few seats away from the Duchess of Cambridge and managed to spend some time with her during the event.
Christy commented “Having camped on the Mall for the royal wedding, meeting the Duchess of Cambridge ordinarily would be a special occasion for me, but being able to give her the very first copy of my first book was a moment I shall treasure for a very long time. As Kate flicked through the book, she asked me questions about our Arctic journey and seemed to grasp the books passion and noted she would definitely be sharing the book with ‘Wills’. Unbelievable, I still can’t quite believe it.”
The book, “Arctic Reflections: Moments of inspiration, a life time of action”, is a result of seventeen young people from twelve different countries that visited Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, as part of an expedition funded by the European Union’s Youth in Action programme, and organised by the British Council in partnership with UNEP GRID – Arendal.
Through personal testimonies collected by Christy as part of her PhD research, and photographs taken by Luka Tomac of the sights witnessed, the book goes beyond simple impressions and acts as a poignant reminder that our planet is at great environmental risk. Importantly, it also offers positive examples of young people taking action, something the Youth in Action Programme strongly encourages. Doug Allan, prominent wildlife and documentary cameraman, experts from UNEP GRID – Arendal and Dr. Dirk Notz, a polar scientist from MaxPlanck Institute, have also contributed by adding their personal insights and knowledge, highlighting the need for urgent action necessary to save the Arctic.
It is hoped that this book will not serve as yet another coffee table piece, but rather as an inspirational handbook which encourages you and the decision makers to take real action.
Now published, the next plan is to launch the book in Brussels on January 28th 2013 and distribute copies to policy makers and key influencers across Europe.
If you would like to order a copy of the book, are interested in attending the book launch or for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org @christyhehir
The School of Tourism is again running a Careers Forum on Wednesday 21st November, 2012. The event takes place in Kimmeridge House from 10am – 4pm and includes an exhibition from leading industry employers as well as guest lectures from people across industry.
There are three elements within the day:
The first part of the day involves talks from industry leaders who will be bringing real world experience and an opportunity to hear directly from senior managers. This includes tips on how to get to that all important first job, addresses the question ‘why work for a small company?’ and considers how to get ahead in big business. All talks will take place in the large ground floor lecture theatre (KG01), details are included below.
The second part of the day will be exhibits from a large number of leading businesses and employers who will be upstairs in K101 and K103. Spending an hour or two looking around the stands and chatting to businesses is highly recommended. There is the real potential to meet employers / placement providers and discuss future opportunities.
Finally, there will be a “Dress for Success” fashion show, presenting you with key looks for the workplace from major high street retailers.
To make the best possible first impression all students are required to wear smart business dress.
Industry Talk Schedule
Welcome 10:00 – 10:10
Expedia 10:10 – 10:30
Yummy Jobs 10:30 – 10:50
Very short break 10:50 – 11:00
Shangri-La 11:00 – 11:30
Park Plaza 11:30 – 11:50
Break 11:50 – 12:30
Dress for Business Success 12:30 – 13:30
Break 13:30 – 14:00
FMI Group 14:00 – 14:30
Beatwax 14:30 – 15:00Read More
Last week over 700 students graduated from the School of Tourism during the graduation ceremonies held at the Bournemouth International Centre.
Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students all received their degrees in front of their fellow students, families and School of Tourism staff members, during the ceremony.
As well as the students, the School of Tourism presented an honorary PhD to Jean Claude Baumgarten, President and CEO of the World Tourism and Travel Council during the ceremony.
Born in Strasbourg in May 1942, Jean-Claude Baumgarten graduated from the French business school, l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales. On graduating, he assumed the position of Vice President for Becco (the French confectioners) and was then later responsible for sales of US mutual funds in Africa.
In 1970, Jean-Claude joined Air France as assistant Regional Manager in Los Angeles and New York and was appointed Regional Manager in Osaka for West Japan in 1974. He became Regional Manager for Thailand and Burma, as well as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, in 1978. Jean-Claude was appointed to the position of General Manager for Japan in 1982 and was at the same time Chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In September 1986, he became Vice President and General Manager for the United States, where he was responsible for all the company’s activities throughout the USA, as well as in the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and French Polynesia. In June 1990 he was appointed Vice President and General Manager for France.
From June 1992 to August 1993 Jean-Claude was Executive Vice President for GMF, a leading French insurance company. He rejoined Air France in September 1993 as Vice President for the Americas and Asia.
In November 1993 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations and a Member of the Executive and Strategic Committee. In February 1996 he became Executive Vice President of Corporate, International & Industry Affairs. From December 1997 until July 1998, prior to leaving Air France, he held the position of Advisor to the Chairman.
After his departure, Jean-Claude established a company in New York with American investors under the name of CREWE Associates. This involved consultancy work and start-up advice for new businesses.
In October 1999 he was appointed President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, where he proved highly resourceful and influential, notably when he launched the world tourism summits to re-focus the tourism industry after the turmoil caused by 9/11.
Whilst working for Air France, Jean-Claude helped developed the non-stop Siberian route from Paris to Japan instead of the staged flight through Anchorage, thus saving $200,000 per flight and 12 hours on the round trip.
In complete contrast he worked with the United Nations and Red Cross when floods of Camobian refugees fled to Thailand in the 1970s. He was able to help 1000’s of refugees get authorisation to be sent to the United States, France and Vienna. He once unknowingly allowed a heavily pregnant refugee on one of the planes out of Thailand. The woman ended up giving birth during the flight and Jean-Claude was able to get her and her son French Citizenship.
Jean-Claude Baumgarten has received many awards for his achievements and contribution to air transport and tourism. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, as well as an Officier de l’Ordre National du Merite and a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. He was presented with the Gold Medal for Tourism by the Portuguese Government in 2004 and 2008 and the Anita Garibaldi Gold Medal by the Government of Santa Catarina in 2009. He has also received an honorary doctorae from the University of Buffalo, USA.
Last year he opened the Bournemouth University stand at World Travel Market and he is planning to take part in our other school events as a mentor to our graduates.
Jean-Claude commented that he didn’t expect to receive this award and found it a great honour.
Congratulations to Jean-Claude and all our students who graduated last week.