I apologise for not posting since the start of the academic year. It has certainly been a busy second year at university. This year was different, as usual it was a step up from the year before (as expected). But the school of tourism at BU had also changed over to semesters. This meant that instead of having 6 units run throughout the university year, I studied 3 units intensely followed by the winter break, and then 6 new units. It was both good and bad. I felt that it was good as it meant everything was fast paced (I find this more motivating), but as we were the first year experimenting it, it also meant that some of the unit topics were rushed and therefore sometimes i felt under-prepared and had to carry out extra reading and guidance to feel confident again. All on all it was a good year!
I think my favourite unit was 'managing people', basically, it was a unit that was central around human resources. This unit was a coursework only module, which meant it was easy to apportion time to projects and plan out when certain parts of the essay's needed to be done by in order to stay on track. I undertook other modules too, such as financial reporting, research methods (useful for my dissertation in my final year), tourism development and planning as well as continuing on with Spanish.
One of the modules within my second semester was 'operations management' i was highly intrigued with this unit and thoroughly enjoyed it. This included learning about the aviation industry and cruising industry, both of which I think are very interesting. This included learning about ATOL licences which are managed and certified by the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL licences protect consumers when they purchase travelling components, such as a package holiday. However, after a number of reforms there are now multiple types of ATOL licences for different purposes, for example, flight only and flight plus schemes, in order to make ATOL more flexible.
I am pleased to announce that I have secured a placement within the Consumer Protection Group of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), that deals with ATOL licensing. I will be starting a week today!