A global upbringing and a keen passion for travel are two of the reasons why mature student Diana Milkat chose to step aboard London Met's Tourism and Travel Management degree – we find out more.
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I was born in Ukraine but grew up in Italy. I am 27 years old. I’ve been living in UK for eight years now. I can speak four languages and I really enjoy studying at London Met.
What brought you to London Met?
I always wanted to have a degree. Nowadays it's important to have one – as work experience alone is not enough for many employers.
What does studying at London Met mean to you?
It means learning new things, acquiring more knowledge about different cultures and people. Also, you get to meet many friends.
Tell us about your course.
My course is focused around the tourism industry. I have chosen this specific course because my past work experience is all centred around the travel and tourism industries. Also, I have previously worked on a cruise ship in the United States. Thanks to this course, I have gained lots of new skills that should be of great value to my future career.
How has your course prepared you for the world of work?
This course has improved my writing and presenting skills which are a MUST in any job. Although I have a wide range of work experience, this course is helping me to move onto the next stage in my career. At the moment, I work as a corporate receptionist in a big financial company. However, once I finish my degree, I'll be able to apply for more interesting positions.
What is your biggest passion in life and where did that passion come from?
My biggest passion in life is travelling and exploring new cultures. I realised this when I moved to Italy with my family. Since then, I have begun travelling and experiencing the beauty of the world.
What drives you?
I am a very ambitious person and I'd like to achieve higher steps – not only in my career, but also in my personal life.
What’s the proudest moment in your life?
The proudest moment in my life will take place when I graduate next year :)
Tell us a little bit about your interests outside of uni and why they are important to you.
I love practising various sports, especially swimming and playing badminton. I also enjoy running, however, not in the United Kingdom due to the bad weather :)
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
Once I graduate, I would like to get a job at one of the national Destination Management Organisations within England. Also, I would like to open my own business but I am yet to explore this idea :)
Do you have any advice for anyone else considering studying at London Met?
I want to mention to future potential students not to be afraid of anything. Everything comes at its own time.
When I was about to start my degree, I was very scared and sometimes anxious. Please, just go for it! It’s an amazing experience and it gives you a ticket to a real life out there :)
"This course has improved my writing and presenting skills which are a MUST in any job."