When some of the most ambitious and talented young people in the travel industry were recently asked whether they originally intended to work in travel, the answer was a resounding “no”.
Our 30 Under 30 survey asked four years’ worth of our Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders alumni to share their views on what it means to be an aspirational young professional in today’s travel industry – with some interesting results.
Not only did 60% admit they never set out to work in travel, but 70% agreed that jobs in the travel industry are not as well paid as in other sectors.
And yet, here they all are.
At our second Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders conference last week, there was one theme that really stood out. From Tui UK chief Nick Longman to Loveholidays’ Chris Roche, we heard again and again about the importance of recognising when you need help.
In an industry which – despite its many perks – isn’t always that well paid, and isn’t necessarily the easiest to get on in, having the right sounding board and an encouraging hand can make the difference between success and failure.
This is why we’re so excited to announce our new mentoring scheme. If you’ve got insight and encouragement that you could share with young travel professionals, we’d encourage you to sign up.
Our survey also revealed that 75% of our 30 Under 30 alumni do not have a qualification related to travel, and while qualifications are by no means essential for many roles, the conference heard how academic study can prove invaluable in getting ahead.
To that end, we’re also proud to announce that TTG Media is sponsoring a further two scholarships in association with Leeds Metropolitan University, following the successful launch of our initiative in 2013. Look out for more on this next week.
We all know travel’s the best industry in the world. And with the right amount of training, support and encouragement for younger people, it will stay that way.