I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Management from the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS). I wanted to go on exchange in the United States and completed half of the degree at Johnson & Wales, Providence, USA.
I began my industry training at Q Station in Manly the year I started studying at ICMS and remained working there for six years while studying and travelling. I wouldn't have the job I have now if I didn't gain that industry training placement. In the last few years that I worked at Q Station it was taken over by Accor in the Mirvac acquisition. This enabled me to transfer internally into my next role, which was at the Novotel Manly (also managed by Accor). After four years at the Novotel Manly I transferred to the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour which is where I work today.
Whilst the education I obtained at ICMS has assisted with my overall understanding of business and the tourism industry, the industry training I underwent as part of my studies has ultimately lead me to where I am today.
I would be lying if I said ICMS' location wasn't the major contributing factor to wanting to study there, especially as I have always lived in Manly. I knew I wanted to study tourism and it was between ICMS and UTS Kurringai. After my acceptance at ICMS with a Commonwealth Supported Place the decision was very easy.