Ryan Gallant, 2012 Almunus answers some questions you may just want to hear the answer to…..
What made you choose RRU?
Ultimately, I wanted to continue my education and use what I had learned in my diploma program (Event Management at Holland College) and pursue a bachelor’s degree. This led me to investigating post-secondary institutions that recognized my college credits and wouldn’t require four years to complete as I was eager to join the work force.
I had narrowed it down to a few choices and weighed the pros and cons of each. At the end of the day Royal Roads came highly recommended by several instructors I’d talked to at the college and had and notably highly regarded reputation. I also thought moving to the west coast would be a good change of pace and the pictures of the campus definitely were intriguing (it’s even better in person).
Did you have any anxieties moving from the east to west?
I definitely did, I’d never been to BC before moving but had heard lots of good things. At first I was completely excited but as September came closer, my anxiety grew. It’s a far distance from home and a significant commitment. Despite some last minute second-thoughts, I boarded the plane and have loved Victoria ever since. It’s hard to believe I’ve been here over two years; I’ve come to really enjoy Victoria and consider it to be my home (for now). There’s so much to see on Vancouver Island and so many nearby destinations that you have to check out while you’re here.
How has your career progressed?
It’s been an interesting career path so far. In college, I had completed an internship at a small seasonal resort property on PEI as a Banquet Captain, Front Desk Agent, and Night Auditor. The following season I returned as Banquet and Conference Services Manager, following that season I made the move to BC to attend RRU.
Since completing my degree, I’ve done a bit of moving around. I did my internship at The Magnolia Hotel & Spa here in Victoria, a four diamond luxury boutique property. I worked multiple roles, including bell, valet, night audit, and banquet service. I definitely enjoyed my time there and the exposure to a boutique environment.
Following the Magnolia, I completed a three month term position with HeliJet, a regional airline providing service between Victoria and Vancouver. In this role, I handled reservations of government agencies, charter groups, and corporate travel arrangers. I also cross-trained in station operations, which consists of flight check-in, ensuring Transportation Canada regulation compliance, and handling any irregular flight operations.
For the past year, I have been working outside of the hospitality industry. I’m employed as a Business Development Consultant and Marketing Campaign Manager with UNIT4 Business Software, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite and financial management software provider. I’m enjoying the experience and hope to continue a career in marketing.