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I am starting university in two weeks time. I am going to be studying international tourism management. I am 27 nearly 28 now so starting a bit later in life as i had some health and mental health issues. I am got a triple distinction star in travel & tourism which i am very proud of myself for. The thing is i have started to feel like i should have done more, I should have got a job in somewhere like McDonalds when i was younger, worked while i was studying at college and maybe then got a job in a hotel, travel agents or something like that. I now worry that if i go to uni, find i don't enjoy it or the work is too much for me that i don't have that experience to work in a hotel or travel agents. It is my dream to work in the travel industry but i worry i have left it too late.
I have never studied your subject but know from having been at University that most Universities put a lot of money and effort into making their students employable - after all it raises their stats! You have a good 3 years of long holidays and time around your Studies in which to volunteer, work or take part in personal development run by your University (e.g. my former University runs an Easter Holiday Leadership scheme). Speak to the University careers Office early on about opportunities available, and look for relevant societies/University wide opportunities that can help you develop your skills. Keep regular support from health and wellbeing services at the University as you go to ensure you have a good support network too. Many people start off with little experience/skills but University is so much more than your course - take all the opportunities you can get
Employers do not like to see gaps in employment/education history.
What job are you looking to do out of the end of the degree?
Either way you should be looking for part time work when you start university. Maybe just at weekends or something.
For some employers having a proven track record of work is just as important as a degree if not more.
2 days a week should also be pretty manageable while studying and will definitely look good on your CV.
Don't rule out going back to McDonalds they can be very accomodating for students and give a lot of flexibility.
They don't usually ask for experience and often employ university students.