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Bright future

For Stewart, TTG ’s 30 Under 30 programme represents an unparalleled opportunity to get ahead in travel.

 

“It’s great that there is a broad range of roles across the travel industry in this programme,” he says. “Networking with these people will be vital for career progression. I also love the fact that we have access to high-profile travel professionals whose advice will be invaluable.”

 

Outside work, Stewart stays busy by writing an education-themed blog, The Global Graduate, to document his progression from student to young professional. And despite exuding confidence now, he admits he used to struggle with public speaking.

 

“Before my time at British Airways, presenting was a challenging area for me, as the anxiety I had pre-presentation was debilitating,” he says. “However, I was conscious of the fact that it was a crucial skill I had to acquire for effective communication, negotiation and influencing – all bedrock tools needed for my role.

 

“I strongly believe that the best way to overcome a weakness is to face it head-on – therefore, I have forced myself to present as much as I possibly can in the past nine months.”

 

Stewart has taken to the challenge effusively, speaking at ITT’s Future You conference at University College Birmingham and scheduling more public speaking events for the remainder of the year.

 

He says: “For young people seeking to join the industry, the key piece of advice I would give is to network at every opportunity. However, the best piece of advice I have ever seen was an African proverb I stumbled across: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others’.”

Nick Hughes, sales director, tour operations – B2B Europe at Gold Medal and Travel 2, sponsor of Tomorrow’s Travel leaders, says:

“Fraser has demonstrated a great sense of entrepreneurship from an early age, which has certainly contributed to his success at British Airways. His fresh ideas and passion in bringing them to light, such as an internal LinkedIn strategy, are exactly what the travel industry thrives on, and British Airways will certainly gain from Fraser’s talent and spark.

 

“What most impresses me about Fraser is his ability to recognise his fears. Rather than letting them set him back, he faces them head-on – this mindset will lead him to great things in the travel sphere.

 

“In addition to having talent and passion, Fraser is also a savvy networker and recognises the importance of growing his contacts and absorbing their industry knowledge. It’s an important step towards the next big leap in his career, which will undoubtedly be bright and long-lasting.”

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