It was my birthday recently (21 again) and it made me consider how many years I have been working in travel.
When I joined the industry, it was hard to find out about opportunities for graduates who had studied travel and tourism, and I almost didn’t go into travel.
In the end, I was lucky to find my first job with a retail travel agency, and looking back I realise how fortunate I was to have ended up in such a great business and with such a fantastic career.
Thankfully, it is easier now for people starting out to find opportunities, and the ITT has a key role to play here: the training and education committee has worked hard to establish a series of events designed to share advice and hints with students on how to succeed in business.
There are the Future You roadshows, for example, where a team of speakers and employers visit universities and colleges during the year and students can consider their future direction and start planning for it. However, the highlight of the year is the Future You conference at World Travel Market London.
This year, the event will take place on Wednesday November 8, 2-4pm. Key speakers will share their experiences and students can talk to companies about careers. It’s also a chance for the companies to meet the next generation entering travel.
To stay competitive in employment, we need to understand how to adapt our career offering going forward and how to attract new talent. Future You is a great event to help with this.
Visit the ITT website (itt.co.uk) to find out how to get involved. I look forward to seeing you there.
Sue Kavanagh is a director of ITT