Sheridan Tourism and Travel students host career panel of travel industry leaders and recruiters

Nicole Carlucci, Caroline Hay, Jim Kerstens, and Dallyce Macas shared career strategies with Sheridan's Travel and Tourism students.

Nicole Carlucci, Caroline Hay, Jim Kerstens, and Dallyce Macas shared career strategies with Sheridan's Tourism and Travel students.

Sheridan School of Business Tourism and Travel students recently hosted a Career and Compensation panel for the Tourism and Travel program to give them the opportunity to question leading industry professionals about how to prepare themselves for the work-place.

The panel included experts from the tourism and travel industry represented by: Nicole Carlucci, Recruiter, Flight Centre, Caroline Hay, Franchise Development Manager, CruiseShipCentres Eastern Canada Inc, Jim Kerstens, General Manager, Holiday Inn, Oakville, and Dallyce E. Macas, President and CEO, Trek Holidays.

“The industry panel brought a lot of current and relevant information about good compensation and exciting job opportunities in today’s challenging economic time, said Victoria Renton, Professor of Tourism and Travel, Sheridan School of Business. The panel stressed that there still were plenty of good careers in tourism and travel despite the economic downturn, and that students needed to think outside of their pre-conceived notions of traditional employers and opportunities.

Students were very excited to have the opportunity to talk to the industry panel about careers in tourism and travel and found their advice very useful. The panel discussed the impact of the internet on travel services. The internet has served as a valuable tool for individuals who wish to book simple travel services or airfare in Canada or an all-inclusive in the Caribbean. But more importantly the internet has created a much more ‘travel literate”, better informed client, who knows what he or she wants in the way of a vacation, but who also wants a professional to complete the booking process for them–someone who can tie up a package into a seamless and enjoyable experience.

“As a soon-to be Tourism and Travel graduate, I’m very excited to enter into the travel industry. The panel was very informative and helped me broaden my career goals,” said Jessic Hedge, Sheridan College Tourism and Travel student.