Jessica Toivonen, Tourism student

Company visit started a passion for events

"During the autumn of our first year we made a company visit to HimosLomat. We heard about their versatile business and especially the event production. At that moment I had a feeling that I would like to do my student training here, and so I wound for the following spring. After this, I started to incline towards event projects in my studies. "

When Jessica Toivonen, 23, applied to JAMK to study tourism and hospitality management, she was interested in travelling and tourism business. Like many, she didn’t have a clear picture of what she wanted to do for a living.

- I love history but I’m not very academic, and instead of reading, I’d like to do something more practical and something where I could show my abilities. I made a list of my strengths and based on my experience, I knew they would be useful, for example, in the restaurant business.

The beginning of the studies was mostly adjusting to new, but the company visit was a turning point.

- During the autumn of our first year we made a company visit to HimosLomat. We learned about their versatile business and especially the event production. At that moment I had a feeling that I would like to do my student training here, and so I would for the following spring. After this, I started to incline towards event projects in my studies.

- I haven’t specifically only chosen event production courses because I’ve had the option of choosing the course work topics to suit my own interests. I’ve also looked into the perspectives of accommodation and security. It has been fun to realize how versatile hospitality management can be.

Now Jessica’s studies are reaching their end and she is pleased with the experience she has gained.
- I’ve had the chance to participate in so many events, such as OlutExpot, KasvuOpen and Himosfestarit. In addition to that, I’ve gained experience extensively about different parts of event organizing. My thesis also has to do with events. After graduation, I would like to keep working with festivals.

Text and photo: Tiia Kolu

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