Even though Kyle McKellar (right) just graduated from Flemingâ€™s Recreation and Leisure Services program this year, he has already returned to the Sutherland Campusâ€¦ 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 RegionalÂ 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.
â€śI attended the Expo last year and met Jaimie at the Peterborough & the Kawarthas display,â€ť said Kyle about his co-worker Jaimie Judge, who graduated from Flemingâ€™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.
â€śI wouldnâ€™t have thought Tourism was under Recreation and Leisure, but I found this opportunity by attending the Expo,â€ť he said. â€śI would tell current students to go to events like this to find out about the industry and whatâ€™s out there. Placements are a great opportunity to learn, and when you get hired you are prepared.â€ť
Jaimie agrees. In addition to treating the Placement like a professional opportunity, she recommends students treat school the same.
â€śCollege is a professional opportunity, which includes networking. You never know where the relationships you form in school will lead,â€ť said Jaimie. â€śYour teachers can even help you find your future employment. If I didnâ€™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 Visitorâ€™s Centre would be a great experience, and that has led me to my current position.â€ť