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K. A.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at Far Eastern University , Manila
Graduated: 2003

Why did I choose this course:
I like to work in hotels, resorts, and tourist areas not only in the Philippines but abroad if possible. This course can help me achieve this ambition of mine.

About my college education:
I learned that being respectful, courteous, and honest to the clients in my practical training in the restaurants and the hotels before graduation rewarded me with new acquaintances and generous clients.

The subjects in tourism are not hard, most of them were practical. There were projects than and actual practice. As long as one attends these sessions, one will pass the course.

Being attentive to the teachers and submitting the assigned work on time was important to the teachers than being very good in academics.

My current job:
I am now an employee of the Manila Resorts World in Pasay City. I handle the customer relations at the reception desk and sometimes I accompany some clients to see other tourist places in the Meto Manila area.

Am I using what I learned in college:
The most practical thing I learned which I am now applying in my current job is being pleasing and entertaining to all the people entering the Resorts World. By being nice always makes others enjoy their visit to our place and encourage them to come back again.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
About 6 months after graduation I was hired by my present employer.

Do I recommend studying B.S. Tourism Management:
Those wanting to become hotel managers and tourism-related employees should take this course. It is interesting and exciting. Many tourist areas and establishments have different amenities and the rewarding part are the tips.

This course is now more in demand because the tourism industry in the Philippines has increased. The tourism business is the business of the entire Filipino people. A graduate of tourism can be easily employed in the tourism areas. Thousands of pesos every month on top of one’s basic salaries and allowances can be earned by an employee in the 5-star resorts and hotels.
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K. C.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at Far Eastern University , Manila
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
To travel in domestic and international places is given. To become a flight attendant is also given. But what urges me to choose this course is simply to be with different kinds of people in different places and situations. Since then, confidence is what I lack the most. With that, I feel and believe that taking this field of study will definitely help me boost my confidence. Taking Tourism is all about service, customer service.

About my college education:
● With this course, I didn't only learned about different countries and languages but I've learnt how to boost my confidence and knows how to look and act professionally before entering the real world.

●For me difficulty is just a word for those who don't listen to their professors and did not study well. So assignments and subjects become difficult for you when you're not ready.

● Dealing with different kinds of people and do things in professional ways are the most useful thing I've learned.

● Exams are difficult if you didn't study well. There were some who failed their exams. The reason is that they did not study well. Very few shifted to other courses, due to personal reasons.

● Being a Tourism student you just need to study hard, listen very well, show what you've got, be confident and use all knowledge you've learned. Show them all in the real world.

My current job:
I'm currently looking for a job which I like the most.
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Z. Y.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at Centro Escolar University , Manila
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
To know the culture of other countries and to get along with other nationality.

About my college education:
I learned a lot of things especially in the hospitality industry, like ways on how to handle guest and give a good service. The subjects/assignments that most difficult for me is the domestic tourism, tour guiding and tourism law.

Most useful things I learned is the hotel operation, it became really useful during my OJT in Malaysia, and the domestic and world tourism because I now know more the places of interest and the history not only in Manila but also the whole Philippines and even in the other countries like Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia etc.

Passing the exams is a bit difficult, not like what other say tourism is easy course. I knew some people who failed and also shifted course.

The traits and attitude required are, I guess students of this course must always willing to learn new things, not only memorizing the facts that was taught but also analyzing it and being not lazy going to school everyday.

My current job:
Front desk officer

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
4 months

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Just enjoy being a BS in Tourism student and always be excited to learn new great things inside or outside the school that is related on the field of study. If opportunity knocks like intern or OJT abroad or even in own country, grab it. Because it will help you to learn more and appreciate what is your course.
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C. M.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at Centro Escolar University , Manila
Graduated: 2012

Why did I choose this course:
It was pre-selected by my aunt who paid for my studies.

About my college education:
In Tourism Management, I learned that the connotation that Tourism students just have beauty is a myth. It does need some brains in order to memorize the whole map of the world and all it's location and wonderful attractions. The subjects are fine, they are not sorely difficult nor are they that easy.

My current job:
Customer Support of Travel website.
I handle inquiries and requests from customers from US about the properties that are under our company.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I think the most useful thing I've learned from it is that I can still apply right now in my career are those things advised to us in terms of customer support. I mean, how to deal with irate guests, how to satisfy even the most unsatisfied ones.
Also as the ones about the geography of USA.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
A month after the graduation.

Do I recommend studying BS Tourism Management:
In terms of employment opportunities, yes, especially now that Travel Industry remains the strongest industry there is.

In terms of salary level, it depends on which sector you're interested in really. Jobs in hotels ranges from PHP10,000 to PHP15,000 while in travel agencies it ranges from PHP12,000 to PHP18,000 for fresh graduates. All those digits will of course improve and go higher once you became more experienced in the field.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
You guys have to be ready for A LOT of memorizing and A LOT of remembering. It will all pay-off eventually.
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B. M.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at University Of Mindanao , Davao City
Graduated: 2012

Why did I choose this course:
I've chosen this course because I believe it will open up great opportunities and will give me the ability to travel. It's even more interesting in a way that tourism sector not only boosts economic growth but promotes a sustainable environment as well. It made me think that it would be best if I can be a part of the hospitality industry.

About my college education:
The course in general is not that hard, but it will challenge you as to how to present and market a specific destination. Examinations are also not that hard and it is very rare for someone to repeat subjects. Each of us just have to familiarize ourselves with the destination and know the key factors of the place, then, everything will just flow. The most fun part is to be on site and explore the destination assigned to you. This course requires great interest in traveling and the belief of it's significance.

My current job:
A few weeks after graduation, I was already being offered a job by one of the largest companies in Mindanao to promote tourism in China. Which is why they also offered me a two year scholarship program to study Mandarin in Xiamen. After the upcoming fall semester, I will go back to the Philippines and start being fully on board.

Am I using what I learned in college:
It is the ability to promote a certain destination. In college, teachers will train you to present, promote and do what not in order to attract tourists. This includes the words to be used, the photos to be used, etc. While I am in China, I am already working on the proposals that I will be presenting once I go on board at work. It will be both in English and Chinese languages since the target of the company are Chinese locals.

Do I recommend studying BS in Tourism Management:
Yes. With the continuous need in boosting the Philippines' tourism, employment opportunities for this course are big. Even before I graduated from college, I have received a lot of interview invites from different companies. Of course, as a fresh grad, I chose to get the one that is most beneficial to me.

In terms of salary level, it will depend on the company and your skill to present yourself to the bosses of the company. Start up offers start from Php18,000 up to Php23,500, excluding the travel opportunities and other benefits, which will be spent for by the company.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
If you are considering taking BS Tourism Management, you need to be certain on the field that you'll be exposed to and consider the industry's benefit to you and the economy. You also have the interest in traveling and promoting different places. Otherwise, it would be best to choose another course.
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R. J.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at De La Salle University - Dasmarinas , Dasmarinas City
Graduated: 2010

Why did I choose this course:
I decided to take up BS Tourism Management because during that time, it was in demand. I also love to travel and wanted to learn different languages then.

About my college education:
BS Tourism Management is such a challenging course. It's not what others would think to be a very easy course to take. It takes a lot of hard work to pass this.

I've learned a lot in this course. I learned how to mingle with different kinds of people, extend patience and exert hard work in accomplishing tasks.

The major subjects of course are the ones to be the most difficult. You have to take much concentration in familiarizing yourself with the different countries as well as it's capital cities, and so forth.

The most useful things I learned are the values I exerted during my studies.

Passing the exams are quite difficult, yet; can be passed still if you will just focus on studying. =) I think only 3% of the students shifted due to financial reasons, because it takes a lot of money to be in this course.

To be able to succeed in this course, students should have a lot of self-confidence, hard-work, patience and determination.

My current job:
For now, I am not employed yet.
I resigned from Banco de Oro which was my first and previous job because my workplace was quite far from our home. I also gave birth to my baby and decided to just focus my attention on him from then on.

Am I using what I learned in college:
In my college life, I learned to be patient with people of different personalities and with those people of attitude problems, which I have used on my past job because there are a lot of people from the bank who are rich and very annoying. Yet, I was able to overcome those stresses in my life.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It took 6 months after my graduation before I get hired. I applied within June of 2010 and got the job by September already.

Do I recommend studying BS Tourism Management:
Honestly, I know there are a lot of opportunities for BS Tourism Management graduates. It could be in the Airline Industry, Travel Agencies, Tourism-Related jobs, etc.

A fresh BS Tourism Management graduate can expect at least 12,000/month. And a more experienced employee of course is much higher. =)

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
If you want to take up BS Tourism Management, you have to be patient, vigilant, determined and most importantly, be confident enough to face challenges that might come along the way =)
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M. P.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at FEU-Cavite , Silang
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
Because I love to travel and it's my passion and I love to care our environment.

About my college education:
All the subjects are easy to understand if you are listening well. Just the thesis is difficult, because you have to make it in a months. I enjoyed the most is we have an international tour.

Exams were not difficult, if you study then you will answer all the exams easy and faster. Yes, there are some students who repeat the subjects because they were not going to school. But all the faculty did their best for the sake of the students.

To be able to succeed in this course, you have to be well disciplined, you have to be interested in your course because if you are not interested, the tendency is that you will not study very well.

My current job:
Receptionist.
Greet guests, answering phone calls, answering guest inquiries and make a reservation for them.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Less than a month

Do I recommend studying BS in Tourism Management:
Yes, there are many opportunities in studying Tourism management because we have many opportunities in tourism industry.
Salary level for fresh graduate is good.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Just do you your best, enjoy and love your course. Its an interested course to learn.
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C. D.
Studied BS in International Travel and Tourism Management (slightly different course)
at De La Salle-college Of Saint Benilde , Manila
Graduated: 2010

About my college education:
My course is interesting in a sense that you get to know about the world. You study not only popular destinations that people visit but you also get to know what other people are like in different parts of the globe. Like any other course, you really have to study hard to be a graduate of this course in a sense that you need to know a lot of information like popular places, fave foods, culture, country codes, foreign laws and I forgot to mention that this course will also require you to learn a foreign language, depending on your schools curriculum. This course also teaches you on managing your own travel agency.


My current job:
I have my own business

Am I using what I learned in college:
Somewhat, I was not able to use all the knowledge I learned due to the nature of my business is marketing. However, whenever any of my family members wants to travel locally or internationally, I book they're flights for them and explain to them airport policies, arrival and departure time, baggage allowances etc.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I was a working student while studying so, I had the same job after graduation for a couple of months more. I was working in a call center as I needed a night job.

Do I recommend studying BS Travel and Tourism Management:
I would recommend this course if your a person who loves traveling to different parts of the globe and getting to know a lot of people. Choose a course that is in tune with what you want to be and what you love to do. In that way, it won't feel like your going to work everyday..

Upon graduation, you have a lot od options on where you would like to apply, from Airports, Resorts, Cruise Ships, Travel Agencies and a lot more. Plus, our government is currently promoting the country as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, so expect more jobs for those who are in the travel and tourism industry.
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J. K.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at Centro Escolar University , Manila
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
Because it's fun and full of excitement.

About my college education:
Most useful things I learned? Being humble, honest, well-mannered person. In real life, studies and subjects are only theories that you have to input in reality. It can be learn through experiences, but if you have values in life, you're above them all.

Most difficult, maybe the Travel and Tour subject and Tour guiding.

Exams are not really difficult, if you study well, then you'll pass. Yeah, many of us failed in TraTour because of the computation. Some of the students shifted.

You need to have patience, self-discipline, be more attentive, and always double check your answers. Lol

My current job:
Junior Dealer in Resort's World Manila

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
About 2 months

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Enjoy it. It is really interesting to study our culture, I mean to know it better, also the cultures and destinations of other countries... Just knowing it, isn't enough, you just have to fall in love with it. (If you know what I mean
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M. C.
Studied BS in Tourism Management
at Centro Escolar University , Manila
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
I chose this course because I love to travel, I like to interact with other people, and I like to discover different places and cultures.

About my college education:
I learned about the Area Codes, IATA and ICAO Codes. I learned the history of the Airlines not only in the Philippines but also around the world. I learned more about the history and cultures of other places too.

The subject that was most difficult was Finance because I'm really bad at numbers.
Passing the exams was not really difficult, specially when you study for it.

Patience, Patience, Patience is what you need to succeed in this course.

My current job:
As of now I dont have a job cause I didn't apply yet.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Love your course, Love what you do because if not you wont be happy at all you'll end up being lazy every time.
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