BA (Hons) International Tourism Management student, Jordan Rowson (21) from Fairview Drive, Danestone, Aberdeen has realised his dream of working in New York after securing a job at the exclusive Waccabuc Country Club. He graduated from Robert Gordon University (RGU) on Wednesday 11th July at 10.30am.
The ambitious student knew that he wanted to travel and work abroad, so chose a degree in International Tourism Management as the first step towards his goal.
During the four year course, Jordan completed a year long placement in the United States working at Waccabuc Country Club in New York, where he carried out numerous customer facing duties and assisted with leisure events.
During his studies, the graduate set himself a particular challenge with his dissertation, paying homage to his placement location through researching the impact of tourism on survivors and victims families at New York's Ground Zero.
Jordan recalls: "My dissertation was particularly challenging as I was dealing with people who had emotional trauma as a result of 9/11 and were strongly opinionated on tourism at the site. Additionally, it was research conducted internationally, which was challenging."
Reflecting on his degree, he continues: "RGU has a great reputation globally and the International Tourism Management degree allowed me to combine my interest in studying management with my passion of travel and tourism. I was excited by the placement opportunities when applying, and getting a placement in New York and Florida was fantastic.
"I was fortunate enough to be offered a permanent role upon successful graduation at Waccabuc Country Club in New York. I'm delighted that not only have I achieved an honours degree but I have secured a fantastic job in a dream location.
"Just a week after my final exams, I flew to New York to start my new role as Dining Room Supervisor, overseeing the running of the dining function of the club and assisting with upmarket events. Given the busy period at the Club, I will be back in Aberdeen for only 72 hours to graduate! That's a 8500 mile round trip, over three days, to walk on stage to get my scroll - but it's worth it and my proud parents would never let me miss graduation."
Jordan hopes to one day have his own events management company, where he can channel his experiences gained from the international tourism industry.
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