Katharina Sickora - College of Business, Law and Social Sciences - University of Derby

Katharina Sickora, MSc Tourism Management, 2008

Katharina Sickora studied MSc Tourism Management and graduated in 2008

After graduating, Katharina successfully completed an 18 month trainee programme at Aqua Dome, a 4* superior hotel with spa in Längenfeld, Austria. She worked in every department covering all practical and administrative tasks. This allowed her to experience the business from different perspectives and understand how the organisation worked holistically.

Following which she was a marketing assistant for 'SalzburgerLand Tourismus' - the Salzburg State Board of Tourism, as a marketing assistant for international markets (Asia, Middle East, Northern Europe, and the USA).

What is Katharina doing now?

Katharina is now a PR Consultant for Wilde & Partner Public Relations based in Munich, Germany, where she is responsible for the PR for tourism destinations such as Zell am See-Kaprun (Austria), Alpe di Siusi (South Tyrol/Italy) and Greece. 

What were the main reasons you chose to take the course at the University of Derby Buxton?

"The culture in my country is to push and engage in further study and also I wanted to come to England for the experience. The course and the University have a good reputation and the University I studied my BA degree at in Salzburg is a partner institution to the University of Derby Buxton.

The community in Buxton is very small and engaging, it includes you and helps you find yourself and your career. There are a wide range of courses and studying here is a great opportunity and experience."

How would you sum up your experience at the University of Derby?

"There's a very personal feel at Buxton. The staff and lecturers provide time and support for individuals and the tutorials are small so you're given the attention you need. This helped me achieve highly and pursue my ambitions."

How has your degree and your MA helped you in your career so far?

"Certain marketing modules have helped me as I now know how campaigns operate realistically as well as theoretically.

Studying in England has given me loads of experience in terms of language benefits, adding to my portfolio. I can speak Italian, French, English and German. All these languages help me in the tourism industry.

My people skills have greatly improved too, I can now network in different cultures which is great for travelling experience."

"I remember how it felt in my student days and how hard I worked and I'm so glad to have my job. I have done so much in my life already and it's all paid off and I'm happy." Katharina Sickora