College student hits the heights with Qatar
Tuesday, 13 October, 2015

Solihull College & University Centre student Mitsutoshi Harada, originally from Japan, has excelled in his BTEC Level 3 diploma in Aviation Operations to become a cabin crew member on 5 star airline Qatar Airways.

Mitsutoshi, known as Mit, first started at Solihull College & University Centre as an International Student on a Level 2 Certificate in Cabin Crew before progressing on to his Level 3 course. Mit decided to make the move to the UK to study as he wished to improve his language and communication skills as well as his team work skills. Mit commented “England is a multicultural country and there were students from different cultural backgrounds at the College which helped to develop my skills. I had marvellous tutors who themselves have over 10 years of industry experience and they were very supportive throughout. Tutors gave me useful advice and information and also gave me opportunities to complete presentations as part of my assignments to improve my public speaking and allow me to grow in confidence.”

Whilst studying at Solihull College & University Centre Mit was able to study on a GCSE English Preparation course once a week alongside his Aviation Operations qualification where he was able to practice persuasive writing which he found helpful when completing his CV as he believes he was able to sell himself to employers. Mit visited the careers service at Solihull College & University Centre and received advice from the careers advisers with regards to his CV which he believes helped him to secure his cabin crew job with Qatar.

Mit was also able to take advantage of the other services on offer at the College such as the learning zone and extra tutorials from English tutors to improve his communication skills which contributed towards his success in finding employment.

Mit explained “When I passed the employment assessment with Qatar and got the cabin crew position I could not believe that I had made it. I was full of appreciation to everyone who had supported me when I was studying at the College. I was very excited to see the world and have new experiences. It was the most challenging and biggest achievement of my life. Now I am working for one of the best airlines in the world and I would like to offer customers a fantastic flight experience and help the airline maintain their industrial standard. It is a great opportunity and I look forward to visiting places I have never been before.”

Since working for Qatar Airways Mit has been able to represent the airline at Skytrax’s award ceremony as Qatar were named Airline of the Year for 2015. Mit now hopes to continue with his career and has already begun visiting many exciting new places on his career journey.

For more information on the courses available at Solihull College & University Centre visit the open day on Saturday 28th November.

Mitsutoshi Harada, Cabin Crew Student