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N. K.
Studied BS in Tourism
at Leyte Normal University , Tacloban
Graduated: 2000

Why did I choose this course:
I chose this course because I like to see many beautiful places. Maybe, I thought I might be lucky to work in a foreign country someday.

About my college education:
During my college years I was assigned to the school’s pensione where I learned to be a receptionist. I sometimes clean and prepare the beddings in the rooms and serve in the dining rooms. I learned not to complain what work is given to me. I always find Math as a hard subject and I asked my friends sometimes because I did not understand. I enjoyed our field trips to the tourist areas like the Sohoton caves in Samar and the memorial park of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Palo, Leyte. My ambition and determination helped me finished my course. I always did my homework and I did not miss a class unless I got sick.

My current job:
I am now residing in Brooks, Alberta, Georgia, Canada with my husband. My current job is a part-time housecleaner in our neighborhood. My Filipino husband’s job is that of a butcher of cows in a big farm.

Am I using what I learned in college:
The only practical thing I learned in my college days which I applied always in my past and current jobs is good housekeeping.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
After graduation I just worked in the canteen of an elementary school in Tacloban City, Philippines, owned by my benefactors who sponsored my scholarship in college.

Do I recommend studying B. S. Tourism:
This course is good for anyone who really likes to work in tourist areas in the Philippines It can help a person to be employed.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Those thinking of taking this course should know that it is not easy to find in tourist destination areas because there are many graduates but there are only a few job openings in the tourism-related hotels and resorts. But it is still a good course because it gives one a better chance to apply for a work in beautiful resorts and hotels.
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K. A.
Studied BS in Tourism
at University Of Santo Tomas , Manila
Graduated: 2007

Why did I choose this course:
Because I love traveling. I also want to become a flight attendant so I have to be knowledgeable about the airline industry.

About my college education:
There are many things that I enjoyed in studying my course. Discovering and learning almost everything about traveling, different countries, different languages, learning to improve my personality plus the experience of touring guests, organizing conventions and having toured a certain country and appreciate it's culture and people. We also experienced touring a hotel and having a masquerade party. Almost all the activities are really fun and interesting.
I only had one experience of difficulty and that is studying Anthropology. I really hated it. I remember staying up every night reading photocopies as thick as the encyclopedia or even thicker I guess, memorizing "hard to memorize" scientific names and terms. I also had one very boring subject, Japanese Language. Attending this subject always made me sleepy. I don't know if it's because of my very soft-spoken professor or I just don't like the subject itself.

To succeed in this course, you should have a passion for TRAVEL. You should also be sociable, friendly and flexible. There are hard subjects too, especially the major ones where you will not just study lectures. Major subjects will give you sleepless nights. It will exercise your social skills, creativity and resourcefulness. These subjects will make you feel that you are already in the real world regardless of what kind of job you dream of having after graduating. You should also have a heart in customer service since almost all of the jobs liked to this course requires giving service and satisfaction to customers. You should also have a pleasing personality. Not necessarily beautiful or handsome. Most of the tourism students love to feel good and look good. And lastly of course, the dedication to learn.

My current job:
Flight Attendant.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I've used some of the languages I've learned in my course. I also used the things that I've learned about the airline industry.

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

Do I recommend studying BS Tourism:
Yes, I would recommend it terms of employment opportunities and fulfilling/interesting career.

In terms of salary level, I would only recommend it if their goal is to become a Flight Attendant, Foreign Language Instructor or International Tourist guide

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
You should at least know the possible jobs that this course can offer.
Be ready to be exposed to different kinds of people, places, languages and cultures.
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P. D.
Studied BS in Tourism
at De La Salle Lipa , Lipa City
Graduated: 2009

Why did I choose this course:
I was influenced by my aunt who was then and is still working as an international flight attendant at Philippine Airlines. I believed that when I graduate with a Tourism degree, I have a higher chance of being hired in the airline industry.

About my college education:
At first, the program courses were very easy but as we move a year higher, the courses became difficult. I really liked studying Philippine and world geography where we learned about the different tourist attractions, IATA codes, airlines, and other important information about Travel/Tourism. The religion subjects were also helpful in forming our values and character.
Leadership, discipline, interpersonal skills, and ability to work under pressure are some of the characteristics necessary in succeeding this course. One of the possible employment after graduation is Travel Consultant or Agent. Good organization skills are required since the job requires you to arrange a flight itinerary or package tour for an individual or group of people. Each courses in the Tourism program instilled different values and skills that I am able to use now in my current job.

My current job:
I am currently working as a Tourism/HRM instructors in a state university in Batangas.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I have applied almost everything that I have learned in college. First would be interacting with people. There's a saying that you cannot please everyone but while earning a Tourism degree, I learned how to deal with people who really do not like me even if it's the first time we've met. My organization skills were also improved together with leadership. Being elected and appointed in different clubs or organizations, I was able to utilize the skills I've learned in the different courses I've taken.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It took me two months before getting employed. Though it is in the BPO industry, I was hired for a travel account so it's like working in a travel agency but you're dealing with clients over the phone.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Tourism:
I would recommend this program to others since we are in constant need of flight attendants, travel agents, tour guides and other jobs in the Tourism/Hospitality industry here and abroad.
If you love what you're doing, any job would be an interesting career. When you enter the industry, do not expect for a really high salary since you're fresh graduates. But once you've established your position in the company or industry, everything would follow - salary, promotion, networking, etc.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Almost everyone thinks that when you are a Tourism student, you are tall, beautiful and sexy. Well, yes it is a plus factor if you have this qualities BUT pleasing personality is not just about physical attributes. Intellect is also a MUST. Do not enroll in Tourism just because you think there is no Math subjects or Sciences here. You will be mostly dealing with people of different nationalities and personalities so a good physique plus well-stocked head is necessary.
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J. M.
Studied BS in Tourism
at CEU , Manila
Graduated: 2010

About my college education:
Being a tourism student is hard and fun. We visit domestic and international places. Study every single history of each places. We did memorized the world map, every country, every places in each country, every festivals and cultures in each places, we studied aircrafts, etc. So you need to be good with memorization. You also need to be creative.

My current job:
Call center agent

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes! My communication skills. My knowledge with every country in the world. Because I communicate with people from different countries. And if you don't know anything about their cultures you wont be able communicate with them well.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
A month after my graduation. I started working in NAIA as a ground steward. Then last year I decided to try working as a call center agent until now.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of science in tourism:
Yes! In terms of employment oppotunities and career fulfillment. Because as a graduate of BST you can work with hotels, tavel agencies, restaurants, cruises, airports, etc. And You can travel around the globe for free. Thats what fun about being a tourism graduate. Though it doesnt offer the highest salaries you can imagine. But there's nothing wrong with that everyone starts with small salaries. So work hard. Who knows maybe one day youll be the richest person in the world. That will only happen if you work hard enough achieve it.
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J. W.
Studied BS in Tourism
at University Of The Philippines Diliman , Quezon City
Graduated: 2012

About my college education:
In my four years of study in Asian Institute of Tourism (which is UP's separate department for tourism affairs), I can say that it is downright challenging but at the same time, enjoyable.
Sticking to the fact that Tourism Management is actually about connecting and mingling with other people, social skills is a must. And in order for an individual to succeed in this course, he must have an open mind plus an excellent ability in interpersonal matters.

My current job:
I'm a flight steward at Air Asia.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I'm using what I've learned at the University to my professional career but I also intertwine my values and perspectives as an experienced human. I use interpersonal skills, my linguistic abilities combined with the foreign language I studied and all forms of hospitality I could exhibit.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It took me three months to land a job because of the requirements and interviews.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Science in Tourism:
As a man of principle, I recommend this course to others as it could be a way for you to improve. It is fulfilling within all aspects of serving other people and may set fire to your passion.
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Algerico Magtuba
Studied BS in Tourism
at Lyceum of the Philippines University , Manila
Graduated: 2008

About my college education:
Tourism was a dream course for me. I've always wanted to be a flight attendant and this was really the right college education. But it was definitely more than just a stepping stone to being a stewardess or steward. Actually, tourism is like a mix of marketing and business management. The only difference is that your product here are a city or a nation's human, physical, and financial resources. You are trained to present, for example, Philippines as the best tourist spot in South-East Asia, or even in the whole world. It was interesting in the light that tourism students had a responsibility to the country.. in trying to develop it for the better of both foreigners and locals. The difficult thing I found out about my course was I had to be more sensitive and be more knowledgeable about the culture and ways of the people from different origins. I believe things having to do with self-concept or awareness is almost always way harder than memorizing terminologies.

My current job:
I'm a Sales and Marketing Officer

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
After I graduated, I applied at a travel agency and got hired after right away. It didn't take me more than two months to get my first job.

Do I recommend studying BS in Tourism:
If you like to have the opportunity to go to different places, Tourism is the course for you since a common career path is becoming an Airline Flight Attendant.
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A. L.
Studied BS in Tourism
at University Of Perpetual Help System Dalta , Las Pinas
Graduated: 2014

Why did I choose this course:
I chose to study BS Tourism to be able to find out and explore the wonderful geographical characteristics (air, land and sea) of my country and be able to promote it to people not just domestically, but also internationally.

About my college education:
I've learned so many thing in this course, particular in World Tourism Geography and Culture. I learned so many things about the Ecotourism in our country.

One of the most difficult subjects/assignments I've had was when we were tasked to memorize airline and country codes. And another one, is when we were asked to memorize the Capital Cities of all the countries in the world.

My current job:
Front Desk Clerk

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
1month

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
My advice to them is to pursue the course as it is indeed fun. You'd be able to express the beauty and your love for your country through showcasing it's wonderful tourist spots. Furthermore, this course is highly in demand nowadays.
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Why did I choose this course:
In demand industry

About my college education:
I learned that this country has a lot of potentials in the tourism sector.

For me the most challenging part of this course is the events organizing.

The most useful thing that I learned are most likely about the airport operations and world geography.

Exams are quite challenging but if you know what you are doing, failure will never be an option. Shifting means they didn't like the course they took up..

You need positive attitude, flexibility, and a dream.

My current job:
Sales Manager, to provide sales and outperform the monthly revenues of the restaurant, to create events that will attract customers patronage

Am I using what I learned in college:
Front Office Management
Personality Development & Public Relations
World Tourism, Geography and Culture
Speech and Oral Communication
Airport Operations

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

Do I recommend studying BS in Tourism:
Yes, due to the demands in tourism activity in our country

Starting salary would be ranging from 15-20 thousand pesos and most likely double for the experienced ones

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Consider first your capability and the guts to take this course
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Indira Solver
Studied BS in Tourism
at Our Lady Of Fatima University In Antipolo City , Antipolo City
Graduated: 2013

Why did I choose this course:
In this course you can learn different Languages, tour in everywhere, experience many activities and adventures. That's why I decided to take this course.

About my college education:
I don’t think it was boring. I enjoyed everything. Nothing was difficult as long as you are dedicated to learn. Be friendly so that you'll have lots of friends, you need them for you to succeed.

My current job:
I’m a flight attendant. I’m the one who is responsible for the safety and comfort of the passengers. I’m also the one who's serving the food to them.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes, because I was able to apply all of the things I've learned from school specially the right attitude. Being nice is the most precious thing I've ever learned.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
It took me almost eight months. Because right after graduation I went to my grandmother and I was the one who took care of her while having a vacation.

Do I recommend studying BS Tourism:
I recommend this course for those who are interested to travel. You won't get a hard time looking for a job. You can easily look for a job. I must say that the salary is satisfying.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Don’t let love distracts you. Study first, and have fun. Be good enough in exams! Learn how to socialize to others! Just be friendly.
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R. P.
Studied BS in Tourism
at Polytechnic University Of The Philippines , Manila
Graduated: 2008

Why did I choose this course:
Its because of fun and love to travel :)

About my college education:
That there are so many places here in the Philippines that are worth visiting than other destinations in the world. That we must love and visit first our own tourists spots rather than other destination abroad. All of our subject were very challenging but what I loved the most was World Tourism.It is because it gave me an idea on what to see and visit abroad. Studying my course made me more patient, resourceful and responsible. These attitude help me to pass and succedd in this course.

My current job:
I am currently employed at Adams Express Travel being an executive assistant and now a tour leader/escort accompanying group departures abroad. I have been doing this for the last 7 years now and I have visited several countries in Asia and Europe.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yes. It is practical. A lot of what I learned in college were very useful and helpful. GDS, Tour Packaging and Costing and a lot more.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
My currently job was also my Ojt back then. They offered me to stay there when I was graduating and with out second thought, I accepted it.

Do I recommend studying BS Tourism:
Employment opportunities. They can earn as much as above minimum if as if they can find a job which have these benifits.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Be patient, resourceful and keep on studying and reading. You'll learn that even the the simplest knowledge you can aquire, you can get it from reading.
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