I’m Kelsie, I’m from Saskatchewan, Canada and I’m a graduate of the Travel and Tourism diploma program at CTC. I graduated in November of 2013 and since then I have worked in Costa Rica, studied Spanish in Spain, travelled all over the world, and scored a job zipping through the Boreal forest and hanging out in the trees in Saskatchewan.
Before enrolling at CTC, I was working a desk job that I hated in Saskatoon. I wasn’t fulfilled in my job, or in turn my personal life, and knew I needed to do something different. I had applied for a position with Tourism Saskatoon, and although I just missed out on getting that job, it gave me some insight into what I wanted to do.
I started looking immediately at tourism programs in many schools all over Canada. CTC caught my eye because of their specialized and short programs. I wasn’t at a place in my life where I wanted to commit to years of school, so the fact that I could graduate in 8 months with a diploma was very appealing. Plus, the Vancouver campus drew me in, as I had wanted to move to Vancouver for some time.
My first day at CTC I knew I made the right choice. I loved everything from the classes to the other students I met from all over the world in my classes, a few of whom are still my very close friends. For the first time I was learning things I actually wanted to learn; geography, designing tours, etc. The field trips to tourist places around Vancouver didn’t hurt either.
My studies at CTC flew by and soon it was time to start looking into a practicum. The school organizes practicums within the city of Vancouver, but I wanted to go abroad. Although it’s not the policy to help students obtain practicums abroad, my instructor Don was very helpful and encouraging.
I found an internship in a hotel in Costa Rica, and a few days after graduation I was on my way. My internship in Costa Rica led me in a roundabout way to the job I have now at Treeosix Adventure Parks in Saskatchewan, so I can say with certainty that I wouldn’t have the job I love without CTC.
I get work for about 9 months a year with great people in the outdoors, and then travel for the other months. What could be more perfect for a graduate of Travel and Tourism?