July 2021

Katarzyna’s Story

By Katarzyna Boniecka

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Katarzyna Boniecka

Studying a master’s at University College Birmingham opened up an impressive career in the travel industry for Polish graduate Katarzyna Boniecka.

Undertaking hands-on research in Lisbon and Cardiff during her MSc in Tourism and Hospitality Management (now MSc in Hospitality with Tourism Management), Katarzyna completed her studies and kicked off her career as a financial controller and account representative for NCO Europe.

She was then snapped up by top European business travel agency CWT, which uses innovative technology to coordinate travel for companies and governments, and is now a project manager responsible for intake processing and monitoring based in Warsaw.

Over the past decade, Katarzyna has gained extensive experience in everything from creating service level agreements for business customers to change management, where she played a part in the centralisation of services and relocation to Warsaw.

She said she was keen to study her master’s at University College Birmingham because of its reputation as a world-leading university in her chosen area. 

“I wanted to go to University College Birmingham because it is a top university in the field of tourism,” she said.

“All the course modules were very up-to-date and my lecturers were professionals with a passion for travel and hospitality market. They were always there to help, support and share their knowledge.”

She added that her university year was enhanced by living in the second biggest city in the UK.

“Living in Birmingham was a very interesting experience,” said Katarzyna, who recently built on her expertise in multinational corporate team management by gaining professional certification in human resources and payroll.

“If you are considering studying at University College Birmingham, I would say don’t think twice. It will give you an unforgettable experience, great knowledge and the best start.

“You will meet great lecturers and colleagues from all around the world and the facilities are great too.”

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