Graduates return to campus for the Explore Tourism and Hospitality Career Expo

jaimie-and-kyleEven though Kyle McKellar (right) just graduated from Fleming’s Recreation and Leisure Services program this year, he has already returned to the Sutherland Campus… but not as a student. Kyle was on campus yesterday representing Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism, where he works on contract full-time, at the Explore Tourism and Hospitality Career Expo.

The Expo is a partnership between Regional Tourism Organization 8 and Fleming College to highlight the great career opportunities within the tourism and hospitality industry. Community partners, like Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism, had booths in the main foyer to speak with Fleming students, high school students, and guidance counselors about their organization or business.

“I attended the Expo last year and met Jaimie at the Peterborough & the Kawarthas display,” said Kyle about his co-worker Jaimie Judge, who graduated from Fleming’s Tourism and Travel program in 2013. That initial meeting led to an internship at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism for his program placement, which led to his current employment.

“I wouldn’t have thought Tourism was under Recreation and Leisure, but I found this opportunity by attending the Expo,” he said. “I would tell current students to go to events like this to find out about the industry and what’s out there. Placements are a great opportunity to learn, and when you get hired you are prepared.”

Jaimie agrees. In addition to treating the Placement like a professional opportunity, she recommends students treat school the same.

“College is a professional opportunity, which includes networking. You never know where the relationships you form in school will lead,” said Jaimie. “Your teachers can even help you find your future employment. If I didn’t talk to my program coordinator Patti Watson about my career goals, I would have never found my job. She told me that working in the Visitor’s Centre would be a great experience, and that has led me to my current position.”

Tourism graduate Emily Carver shares the benefits of college

emilyFleming College graduate Emily Carver is excited to share the benefits of a college education with prospective students. Emily, who graduated from the Tourism – Global Travel – Advanced Standing program in 2016, will travel Ontario as a Grad Recruiter for Student Recruitment at Fleming.
“When I was in high school, I didn’t understand the benefits of what going to college gives you,” said Emily, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. “I want to help students realize that college is a great place for post-secondary education and that Fleming is an outstanding institution to do so. Fleming College prides itself on hands-on learning and it gives students the opportunity to really hone in on the skills they are passionate about. Students aren’t just sitting in a classroom learning from a textbook.”
Emily appreciates that Fleming offers small class sizes (where everyone knows you by name), faculty with industry experience; and an array of services, athletics, clubs, and more that students would find in larger college settings. She enjoys the close-knit community of Peterborough, with its small town feel and big city luxuries.
During her studies, Emily worked as a Student Ambassador, giving campus tours to prospective students. She looks forward to continuing to show prospective students how great Fleming College is—but this time on the road as a Grad Recruiter, visiting secondary schools and college fairs.
“The best thing I gained at Fleming was becoming more comfortable and confident in myself,” she said. “While in university, I would never be able to speak in front of a classroom of people. In my courses at Fleming, I was able to break down walls and gained confidence to speak in public. Now I feel confident enough to go into any job interview or classroom full of people, and be able to speak to them!”
Emily’s next stop on the road is Madoc, Ont., to visit Centre Hastings Secondary School on Sept. 27, 2016.