Graduate Maris Kuklis is MICE & Groups Account Manager at Etihad Airways
He says “I studied BA (Hons) Tourism Management. Graduated in 2008. I’m working now for Etihad Airways. My degree helped to set the stage for the start of the career in business tourism. It was very relevant as offered a great choice and relevant subjects studied, to mix of people we met and made lifetime friends with some of which we are working in my day to day job. Without this course, I would not be where I am today.
Previous jobs included Senior Manager – UK & Europe Dubai Business Events c/o Hills Balfour Creative Producer and Editor, Travel and Tourism Research Association, Senior Marketing Executive, MICE Hong Kong Tourism Board, Product and Commercial Executive Cosmos Holidays.
A combination of group work, presentation and variety of subjects from finance, to accounting to small business management. As well as fantastic lecturers, the field trip to Cyprus in year 2 and wealth resources available through at the University from books to online reports. My BU experience was live changing, and motivating for my career and life in general. I was also involved in BU Athletics Club and setting up the Student Entrepreneurship Club called Business Mania.
I would advice recent graduates looking for work to:
- Talk to family and friends if they know of any job openings through friends – ask for recommendations.
- Join key industry Associations where potential employers may attend – have a business card ready.
- Gain as much work experience as possible through various paid and charity work.
- Update your CV and Linkedin Profile with most recent information – ask someone to proofread the profile. Have a professional looking headshot profile picture.