Now that I have finished my stage as a university student and have done professional internships in different branches of tourism, I think I am able to give some advice to other people who are studying or are thinking about studying tourism ( or any other race) based on the experience accumulated in recent years. It is not that I have been a brilliant pupil, much less (not mediocre), but I would like to share humbly some tips that I and others have worked, and now could work for you.
Before moving on to the aforementioned tips, I think it’s important to know that before you start college, you should have what your goal is at that stage. If you’re going to study a career to gain time because you don’t know what to do, or to keep your parents happy, I don’t recommend it. You’ll end up frustrated and surely failing. I also recommend that you do some university studies just for taste, except that you about time and money, because today you can learn about any topic on the Internet.
In the case of tourism, it is also advisable to know that you should not study it just because you like to travel, or because you like languages, because, although it is possible to get “work travelers”, is not the most frequent. Most of the works related to tourism, are performed in a fixed place, serving the travellers, so it is imperative to have service vocation. Often, the “turismólogos” work for others to have fun. Still, I don’t want to discourage you, as there are many employment options for the more travelers. In websites like you can find a lot of possibilities.
So, your goal, both in tourism and in any other career, your goal must be to leave the faculty with high possibilities of employability (or entrepreneurship, if you have entrepreneurial spirit) in a field that you passionate, with good expectations Professional and economic. Therefore it is important that from day one, you look for those branches of your future sector that you like most. You’ll know that through the subjects. There are always some that interest you more than others. To emphasize in your professional career, you must differentiate, specialize, be very good is a specific field of your “scene”.
I do not intend to extend too much, so without further ado, the specific advices announced are as follows:
1. Take advantage of the classes and go to the day
It always goes to the explanations of the subjects, and tries to pay attention. Bringing the contents up to date is a great help, since you won’t have to study and work so hard in the exam season. In the classes where you detect that the teacher is dedicated only to repeat the contents of the slides, take your laptop and dedicate yourself to do something productive, as long as it is allowed. Otherwise you can try a book or any other publication of interest.
2. Don’t get obsessed with getting good grades
Good grades can be spectacular, but unless you want to apply for a scholarship or something for which you need a high average, no one will value you beyond yourself and your family. I’m not saying that having a brilliant record is bad, on the contrary, but you shouldn’t obsess about it. Instead, be curious, delve into the topics that interest you most beyond what you explain in class. Worry more about learning and going through exams than getting high notes. Remember that the one you know the most is not always the best grades you get.
When you don’t understand something, don’t stop until you understand. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask. The teacher is there to teach and you to learn. Your job is to get students to learn. What’s the worst thing that can happen to you? Don’t answer that? In that case, you’d stay the same as you are. You have nothing to gain, but you have a lot to lose. If you need to go to private classes, or have a partner who understands what it costs you more to explain. And remember. No silly questions.
Tips that all tourism students should know
4. Apply in earnest with languages
This I tell you very seriously, and it is applicable for all races, and more in tourism. Today there is no excuse. No matter how well you get the tongues or the time you have. It’s all about practice, and no matter how busy you are, I don’t think you can devote it at least 20 or 30 minutes a day.
English is no longer important, it is essential, and no longer serves a basic level, but must have a high level. Think. We live in an increasingly globalized world. Anywhere you go or anyone who comes to your city will take for granted that you speak English. In addition, the best information is usually in that language.
If you want to differentiate yourself, it would be better to know a second or a third language. Anyone you choose is fine. They’re all useful. Investigate what’s important in your sector. Do not discard the minority for the fact that less people speak, because they have less market, but less competition, with fewer people who talk.
By the way, any language you learn you have to do by listening, talking and reading. Once you study the basic grammar, you have to put into practice what you have learned, so that you are fluent, but you will stagnate. You can search for tandems of the language you study in your city, go to an academy, or search for apps and websites to practice without costing you a lot of money, like
5. Do professional internships from the beginning
You can combine them with the classes, or make them on vacation. Yes, I know that nobody likes to sacrifice the holidays, but you don’t have to do them full-time, it can be just a few weeks. You’ll win in the long run, listen to me. If they’re paid, better, but if they’re not, you shouldn’t worry too much. At first it’s about acquiring experience. The world is not always fair, and companies are going to try to pay you always as little as possible, unless you are very good at what you do. And for that you have to start at the bottom, charging little or nothing.
6. Go to lectures and conferences
If they are of topics related to your sector better, but do not discard those that are not for it. In all of them you’ll learn something, and most importantly, you’ll make contacts.
Not only with your teammates, among whom you will make good friends and maybe meet a possible couple, but with alumni, teachers, speakers, prospective employers… In today’s world, contacts are very important. Some businesses that today are listed on the stock market arose from among classmates, as is the case with the application of Tinder quotations.
8. Collaborate with a project or cause in which you believe
It can be a volunteer, a business Project, a student association, a charitable cause… These experiences are not only highly valued by the companies, but you will meet many people again, acquire great knowledge and feel very accomplished.
9. Leave Erasmus/bilateral exchange
If you have that chance, don’t hesitate for a second. You will not only meet new places and wonderful people. The fact of being out of the world that you have always known will make you grow a lot in the personal, and also in the professional, as you learn to face the difficulties and overcome them successfully. Also, you will see how things are in other places, something that will serve you a lot as a life experience, and learn to value more everyday things that you didn’t even pay attention to. If it can be, choose a destination where you do not speak Spanish, and make it look as little as possible to your country.
10. Research on topics that are of interest to you
It can be reading (articles, blogs, books), watching videos, listening to audio, going to conferences as I said before. Investigating the topics you are interested in is an excellent option to specialize in one of them, and differentiate yourself from your classmates. Besides, to like you, it shouldn’t be an effort for you to dedicate a little time to it once in a while.
Be it a blog, collaborations in other people’s pages, in specialized media, etc. At first it can be a little embarrassing to write about something you’re still studying, or about what you don’t have much idea, but, as the Romans would say, “The writing remains.” With this I mean that, if you can show some articles written by you to any employer, sure you will have very much in mind when hiring you, as you will see that you are curious, you are interested in that field, you’re disciplined and you have the clear ideas. In addition, the echo of making an article, implies that before you have to investigate the subject, so you will learn a lot and cheap, both of what you write, as spelling and syntax. You can complement your essays with Facebook, Twitter or other social networks.
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12. Extra Tips
Rest. Especially on the eve of a test. Once you have assimilated the contents and concepts well, no matter how much you review you will not get a lot better grades, I tell you from experience. You should sleep at least 7 or 8 hours a night.
Do some sport. I did it as a child and eventually I left it. And the truth is that I regret, because the body notices a lot, you are less skillful, more clumsy, you have less coordination. Now I’m trying to get hooked again and it’s costing me. If you can, exercise daily, or at least 2-3 times a week. You can choose any sport you like and, if you don’t like any, just walk, or go to the gym. The body, and also the brain, will thank you.
These are basically the main tips I can give you based on my experience. Now it’s your turn to decide whether to put them into practice and check they work.