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Ryana Pitkin

Ryana Pitkin

BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management 2016

Ryana Pitkin is setting up her dream career after graduating from one of Sunderland’s International Partner College.

She achieved a first-class degree studying the University of Sunderland’s International Tourism and Hospitality Management course at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

Following her graduation in 2016, she quickly found employment in the industry, securing a role as an Events & Sales Manager with the Ricciotti restaurant group.

Her achievements were even more extraordinary as she had spent over 15 years out of education, having gone straight into work after leaving school. She paid tribute to her lecturers who were instrumental in helping her to adjust to University life and studying.

“I had difficulty when I started as I had not been to school for many years. My course mates were all fresh from diploma courses and had an academic background,” she said. “However, my lecturers guided me, and gave me advice that I listened to with great appreciation.”

She is now looking forward to a long and successful career in the industry, with the aim of setting up her own events company and giving a little back to a cause close to her heart.

“My future plan is to start my own business. I plan to set up a mobile events company,” she explained. “With this company, I plan to give back to society by giving a certain percentage of my revenue to fund cancer research. My parents passed away due to cancer so I hope I am able to contribute in a way or another.”

For Ryana, the path to the career of her dreams has been long, but with persistence and dedication, she’s managed to find success. Her advice to any student or graduate is clear and simple - find your passion and never give up on your dreams.

She concluded: “My advice to recent graduates is do not get disheartened if you do not land your dream job. It takes time and effort. Do not give up. And find a job that inspires you.”

Article written by Matthew Shevlin, University of Sunderland Journalism graduate. 

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