Introducing Laura Hampton: one week to go before joining the TUI family
And so I find myself here. One week to go. One week to gather together everything I’ll need for the next three months. One week to see my friends and say my goodbyes. One week to find a place to live. One week from now, I’ll be getting started on a journey which could shape my career and take me to amazing places. And I can’t wait!
My name’s Laura, I’m 25 years old and I’m lucky enough to be part of the TUI Travel Specialist and Activity Sector Graduate Scheme 2011 intake. It still doesn’t quite seem real; after all the assessments, all the interviews, all the tests, I still can’t quite believe that I am one of only six people to actually get the position. Happy happy happy…
When I first read about the grad scheme, I was sure something was missing from the description. In my mind (and that of my equally excited housemate Alex), there was no way everything on offer could come without a price. But try as we might to find the downside to the job, we couldn’t. It really is the dream position – and it’s my job!
I absolutely love to travel and the travel industry really excites me. I love learning about other cultures and experiencing their world. I love how holidays are so special and how everyone has their list of places they’d love to see. I love seeing the happiness travel brings and the very personal ways we choose to experience it. I can’t wait to learn more about the industry and to do so whilst working for such a hugely prestigious company.
I’m feeling a little nervous though too. What if I can’t live up to the expectations of my superiors? What if, for all the preparation I’ve tried to do, I’m not prepared enough? What if, and I know this is hugely unlikely, I simply don’t like the job?
I know that my nerves are unfounded. I’ve worked really hard for this and I know that this is the right time for me to really make my mark and carve myself a position where I can become the expert and really add value to the company.
I’ve been working for nearly fifteen years now, having started my working life with the early mornings and physical hardship of the Sunday morning paper round. Since then, I’ve worked hard to progress in every role I do and to become the best I can be in each position. From the Morrisons Café to customer service and retentions for a large telecoms provider and even packing parachutes for skydivers, I’ve taken from every role the good and the bad so I can better understand how to improve myself.
I think all of my previous jobs will have provided me with important skills for my new role, but I also believe life experience and personality will be key in helping me to develop.
So, how will a skydiver with medals at National level, an inability to remember films even when I saw them recently and a love for cheese and port do in the world of TUI? I’ll be blogging about my experiences – the highs and the lows – on the TUI blog and via my own blog lauralhampton.wordpress.com so keep following for more…