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Student Feature: Jordyn Arklay

Jordyn Arklay completed her Diploma of Travel and Tourism at Martin’s Melbourne campus, and is currently working as a travel consultant for Student Flights in Geelong.

Student Flights is the ‘youth and adventure division’ of the Flight Centre Travel Group Limited group, with a focus on affordable travel for everyone – whether adventurous, young or young at heart. (We totally approve.)

So what does it take to make it in this industry?

“Independence,” says Jordyn. “Independence is important, because you’re given all the tools to use in this industry and then you are left to your own devices.”

Jordyn found that Martin was great at training students in self-governance, so that you get the right skills and learn to complete tasks unaided. Her favourite memories of her course are the independence and flexibility that were provided.

“The teachers are there to help you if you need, but will leave you to do your own thing – all while ensuring that you’re benefiting from doing the work for yourself,” she says.

Besides learning to fend for yourself, how else did Martin prepare you for your current role?

“I was able to learn the systems that I would be using in the industry! Using Galileo during my course gave me a huge advantage when starting work.” Galileo is a computer reservations system used globally, and an excellent head-start to have for anyone breaking into the industry.

What’s the greatest thing about working in travel?

“Getting to see the excitement and smiles on client’s faces when they are planning or booking their trip,” she says. “That’s the best thing!”

Another clear incentive? Global travel!

Jordyn’s list is enviable, with trips to Vietnam, Hawaii, L.A., Bali and Vanuatu having been made so far. She’s keen to get the Big Apple under her belt but before then she’s got a third trip to Bali to fit in this month. We might be a little bit jealous.

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Categories: Spotlight Series, Studying, Travel & Tourism, Working Life

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