Like many school leavers, Jessica Soultani wasn't sure what she wanted to do next. An interest in tourism led her to complete Melbourne Polytechnic's Advanced Diploma of Tourism. She's now the recipient of a Melbourne Airport Developing Tourism Leaders award and is planning to work part-time in the industry while pursuing further tourism studies.
Jessica Soultani developed an interest in tourism during a work placement and now wants to make a career of it.
Jessica Soultani wasn't sure what she was going to do after high school, but some work experience gave her inspiration. "Because I was completing VCAL I needed a work placement, and my Mum was friends with a travel agent, so I completed it there. While I was there I enjoyed it so I thought, why not find a career in tourism?"
After some study in business, Jessica enrolled in the Melbourne Polytechnic Advanced Diploma of Tourism in 2010. She chose Melbourne Polytechnic because of its location, close to her home. Melbourne Polytechnic's Tourism program is taught out of the Preston campus.
The course gives students an overview of the industry and helps them develop the skills needed to work in it, with an emphasis on recent tourism trends such as e-business and ecological sustainability.
Jessica has enjoyed the two year course and particularly liked the marketing and promotion subjects, as well as learning about other countries as travel destinations.
In November 2011 Jessica's skills and creativity were recognised at the Melbourne Airport Developing Tourism Leaders Awards, where she received a judges' award for her entry – a business plan for a Middle Eastern culture tour. "What I learnt in my course helped me put everything together. The teachers also helped me out with the planning and encouraged me." Her prize included an invitation to apply for work placements at Tourism Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Global Ballooning.
Jessica finished the Melbourne Polytechnic Advanced Diploma of Tourism at the end of 2011. "Now that I've done the course I'm actually even more interested in tourism. The teachers have been really nice and I've enjoyed it more because of them."
She hopes to continue her studies next year by enrolling in a higher education tourism course, and will look for part-time work in the tourism industry. "Maybe I'll run my own business one day but when I finish studying I'd like to work for an airline, organising flights."
Advanced Diploma of Tourism