Creating magic in the ‘Sunshine State’.

Posted on 5th April 2017

A group of 10 students will enjoy priceless work experience this summer at one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, thanks to a link developed between the University of Chester’s Business School and Yummy Jobs.

Front row left to right: Sophie Keeley, (studying Tourism); Melissa Pemhenai, (studying Tourism); Hannah Jarrett, (studying Events and Marketing); Niamh Roberts, (studying Tourism); Katie Drew, (studying Events and Tourism).  Back row left to right: Amber Farrell, (studying Events and Tourism); Martin Metcalfe, Programme Leader for Events Management; Amy Cummins, (studying International Business); Taylor Dickson, (studying International Business) and Hannah Robinson, (studying Events and Tourism).
Front row left to right: Sophie Keeley, (studying Tourism); Melissa Pemhenai, (studying Tourism); Hannah Jarrett, (studying Events and Marketing); Niamh Roberts, (studying Tourism); Katie Drew, (studying Events and Tourism). Back row left to right: Amber Farrell, (studying Events and Tourism); Martin Metcalfe, Programme Leader for Events Management; Amy Cummins, (studying International Business); Taylor Dickson, (studying International Business) and Hannah Robinson, (studying Events and Tourism).

The University of Chester is one of only 11 UK higher education institutions offering this exchange, which allows students to successfully apply to study abroad, with a year at Disney. The students are all in the second year of studying Events Management, Tourism, Marketing and International Business courses and set off for the ‘Sunshine State’ this July. 

Martin Metcalfe, Programme Leader for Events Management, has been liaising with Yummy Jobs on behalf of the University of Chester for almost five years and has seen hundreds of his students going to summer and year placements with Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels (based at the latter), together with many more exciting opportunities. 

On this Academic Exchange Programme, students will study at Central Michigan University (CMU) in Florida, with work experience in Disney alongside, which especially complements degrees in Events Management and Tourism. The roles they will carry out at the world-famous resort will include everything from donning a character costume, to selling merchandise in the cool, air-conditioned shops with training in Customer Service, Corporate Analysis, Marketing and Sales, and Human Resource Management alongside.

Martin said: “To have a year studying at CMU, Disney customer service training on their CV and a year’s experience in Orlando is an excellent start to any career, especially Events Management, which they will see on a large scale at Disney.”

Luke Brisco, International Recruitment Manager at Yummy Jobs, said: “The University of Chester is one of the most supportive academic institutions for students looking to experience life changing opportunities and we are truly happy to welcome its fantastic students on to our programmes with some of the world’s most admired companies. Martin Metcalfe is such a key link between education and employability, and the support he provides to his students is the model that all academics should follow.”

Student Rebekah Cheshire went to Disney World last year and highly recommends the experience. She said: “The things I have learnt, seen and experienced have been priceless and will now only support my future within the Business and Events industry.  

“Since working at Disney, my CV has become much more unique with the skills I have gained and has already allowed me to take on further opportunities in my career.”