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Christian Porter

BA (HONS) Travel And Tourism Christian PorterAfter moving back to the US I found my calling as a travel agent. I love to travel and  have the perfect job for my passion.

What are you doing now?

Now I am the manager of a Corporate travel agency in Washington DC which turns over more then $750,000 per month in revenue.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I applied to six universities and visited them all. The open day at Northumbria really stood out to me. I loved the city and the campus. Bridget Major really sold the course to me

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

It was vary varied. From large lectures to small group seminars. There was something to suit all learning styles.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

The professional background of many of our lecturers. Many had professional careers in the fields in which they were teaching. I also thought it was pretty cool that some of them had written their own books.

How connected was your course with industry?

It was very well connected. We had guest lectures from senior people in the travel industry and I even got the opportunity to attend a travel conference. My course did include a sandwich year. There were plenty of placement opportunities available. I ended up at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in London.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

It gave me an amazing insight into the Business world whilst covering various travel modules ranging from responsible travel to aviation. Having a degree in travel really helped with my application to Flight Center, It demonstrated I was serious about this career path.

What was the best thing about your course?

The field trip to Spain in our second year and the placement year at the CAA.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Finance skills such as a greater understanding of Balance and Profit and Loss sheets. Workshops also really helped me create a solid CV and helped with writing application letters.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The social side was great. In my final year I ran in the student union elections which boosted my confidence levels so much. Having to speak in front of lectures halls full of students was very daunting to me at first. Afterwards everyone on campus knew my name!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Energetic, Fun and Inspiring

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