Placement overview

Name: Ollie
Vocational area: Travel & Tourism
Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Crete, Greece
  • It has given me the experience of working in a different country and the confidence to go into a work place where I may be situated in a different country for periods of time.

    Ollie, Travel & Tourism learner, Wiltshire College

The motivation

It’s a great way to better my experience in the field that I am studying in and wish to work in, in the near future. I knew that the experience and opportunity of working in a foreign country would stand out on my CV as I go into employment in the sector.

An opportunity like this is not something that is offered frequently. 

The placement

My placement was at Archontiko Suites. I was responsible for checking in guests and using the booking system to input their detailed.

As I was able to complete these tasks quite quickly, I requested additional work and helped with breakfast service in the rooftop restaurant. 

I gained an understanding of how a hotel is run, and the different systems used to support this. I adapted quickly to working in a foreign country. 

The location

I love the way of life in Crete, it is so chilled there. I loved the fact you could work throughout the day, and then go to the beach or for dinner after work, because people eat much later than we would at home.

Rethymno is a beautiful destination.

 

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The impact

My placement will help me professionally in the future, because it will stand out on my CV.

It has given me the experience of working in a different country and the confidence to go into a work place where I may be situated in a different country for periods of time.

Outcomes

  • Improved language skills
  • Exposure to cultural experience
  • Confidence building
  • Improved people skills
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