With a degree in International Development behind her, Cimoan knew she wanted to travel as part of her career, but wanted more hands-on experience, so she enrolled in the Hospitality & Tourism Operations Management (HTOM) post-graduate program at Humber College.
She couldn’t have imagined the path she would take to find her true passion, thanks to opportunities available at Humber and the supportive faculty and staff in the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism.
Cimoan completed a successful internship with Sheraton Gateway as part of the HTOM program, creating an HR Intern Guide to be used during the orientation of incoming interns. She also had the opportunity to present her project to the Area Director and HR team. “It was surreal to have my work recognized by the Director and fellow executives,” says Cimoan.
As much as she enjoyed her internship, she felt that working in an office environment wasn’t for her. With experience working on a cruise ship in her past, she knew she loved to travel and looked into making a career out of it.
Ramesh Srinivasan, Program Coordinator for the HTOM program presented an opportunity for Cimoan to study abroad and travel to Nicaragua. There she would be teaching English to young students, fundraising to help build homes and delivering school supplies to children in the area. Before she knew it, she was packing her bags.
“The Nicaragua trip was a real eye-opener for me,” says Cimoan, “It sparked my interest in international development again and upon my return from the trip, I knew that I wanted to do this as a career.”
With the support of her professors, Cimoan was directed to the International Development Institute at Humber to look at internship opportunities that may be available. She discovered that the deadline to apply had passed, but continued to check on their internships web page only to find out that a number of positions had just become available. She applied immediately and got a call the next day.
“When I met with the internship coordinator, she mentioned a six-month internship to travel to Haiti as a Marketing and Planning Officer had come up and after looking into it, I became really interested,” says Cimoan. Cimoan is currently preparing to depart to Haiti and can’t thank her professors enough who helped her along the way.
“Without the support of my professors, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They are the greatest resources and are more than willing to inform you of opportunities, even if they aren’t for their program,” says Cimoan. “I would never had known about all of the options available to me and found my true passion,” she adds.