2 April 2013

My Journey: The Story So Far...

Life has changed so much since I finished 'Sixth Form College' in 2008, from college assignments to moving to Birmingham. Time waits for no one, I guess that sentiment applies to my life of recent? Just how much of the ‘American Dream’ has been a part of my success? Would that 'Mickey Mouse' take me away to work at a magical Floridian theme park? Life has been kind!

Saying good riddance to St. Thomas More I was ready for an almighty change! The September of 2008 brought the beginning of my BTEC National Diploma Level 3 Travel and Tourism course. If I’m honest secondary school wasn't really for me but I know that my time at City of Wolverhampton College benefited me immensely. Exams weren't a part of my new start in education so I relished in the fact that my work was all class based. I found the modules complex to begin with but with time I grew in confidence and soon enough the Distinctions came my way! From ‘Holiday Representatives’ to ‘UK as a Destination’ I took everything I could from the modules I studied at College. Finding a subject that I had a passion for seriously helped me enjoy my course, I feel very lucky that I had the opportunity to be part of the classes I studied at the City of Wolverhampton College! Travel and Tourism rocks!

With the expertise of the lecturers from the Travel and Tourism department I achieved three Distinctions. My time at College wasn't all work because I got to experience the city of Edinburgh, Scotland as a part of our ‘Residential Study Visit’ module. I met some nice people, to this day I only keep in touch with Jade and Tashalee because the rest of the class were on a different hype and if there's no point carrying on with a friendship I'm fine with that! I detested everything that school stood for, being different in ways that I have now confronted I never want to revisit those years but going to College was a welcomed change. I worked so hard on my assignments each term, at first I would only settle for the pass grade but with a little bit encouragement I was snatching those Distinctions! Pretending to be a Overseas Representative was a laugh and of course I adored the Cabin Crew module! Where are those wasters who I went to school with now? Yes, I had the last laugh B!

Two years on from starting College I embarked on my University journey. University College Birmingham became my next educational challenge, a degree is essential nowadays! Anyway, life hasn't been the same since my first week at University, it’s not just the assignments I have to worry about it’s a whole new way of life living away from home, being independent and finding my way in the world. ‘Hospitality and Tourism’ would be the subject of my degree for the next four years I would become a fully-fledged student! The semesters have flown past, the experience has been a complete blur so far and it’s not quite over yet! The assignments haven't finished yet, I have my Dissertation to complete first! I want to go back to Freshers!

The magic of ‘Disney’ would make its way into my life for the summer of 2011. I became a ‘Cast Member’ working in the merchandising department at the ‘Walt Disney World Resort’ in Orlando, USA. ‘EPCOT’ became my home for three months from June 19th 2011 until September 2nd 2011. Working for the ‘Mouse’ was a memorable experience, learning the art of smiling for six hours per day became a way of life for the summer. It was my second job but first time working abroad, I was up for the challenge and to be back at 'Disney'. No one does it like ‘Disney’ working for a company that makes a million dreams come true everyday makes any other job quite boring. Dreams seriously do come true! It just goes to show that if you wish upon your star any dream can come true!

I have less than three semesters remaining at 'University' so you could say that its time for me to make my next step?! I'm looking for a career in the skies, as a flight attendant for 'Emirates Airline'. I have gave this choice a lot of thought as I don't see any other choice. I want to work for a award winning airline that delivers leading customer service. Can I cope with the pressure? If I'm lucky enough to become a member of cabin crew for this airline I will draw experience from my time at Virgin Atlantic. I need to break free from this country, I missed home but the grass is greener abroad for me as I crave the international life! I would have to say to any student who wants to work in this industry must have a thick skin and smile away those harsh words, passengers don't mean to be out of turn or rude its just the nature of the business. If I get my wings then I'll be over joyed but somethings in life aren't meant to be?!

We all need a back-up plan, if I don't get the gig with Emirates then I will have a go at getting my (TEFL) Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate, China's looking like a winner at the moment with the abundance of work out there I might get something? Teaching English in China would enable me to learn a new trade that could have the potential to take me across Asia, sounds similar to my dream of being a flight attendant? My friend Catherine who I met during our Fresher year at University College Birmingham went to teach English in Wuhan, China so I may well be asking her about what experience she had living in China. Getting away is so important for me, after I finish 'University' I would like to have a project to get into straight away, does that sound unreasonable? For either opportunity I would miss my upcoming graduation from UCB, I'm actually crazy to even consider that! Looking back over the last four years I know that I have achieved great things! Keep on!

Life is a Journey!

Joseph Harrison

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