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Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

UK & I Graduate Leadership scheme


In a nutshell, what does your job involve?
The UK & I Graduate Leadership scheme is an 18-month training programme. During the programme I’ll complete four assignments, lasting between 3-6 months, in a variety of business areas, including Commercial, Distribution & the Airline, as well as other Head Office functions. Twelve months into the programme, I’ll also get to spend five weeks working in one of our resorts overseas.

For my first assignment, I’m working with the Ancillaries team, who source, manage and market all the things that we sell as add-ons to our main package holidays – so everything from excursions and weddings, to car hire and extra legroom seats.

Name three things in life that make you smile.
Travelling, dinner parties and Scrabble.

While you’ve been working at TUI, what has put the biggest smile on your face?
The people – it’s wonderful to work with colleagues who are so genuinely passionate about what they do (but the amazing travel benefits come a close second!)

What could you tell someone about TUI that would sound too good to be true?
That using staff travel benefits, I recently booked a seven-night holiday to the Caribbean for £200…

Why do you think TUI is ‘good value’ for you?
I really enjoy my role here at TUI – the graduate programme means that I get a huge amount of variety in my work, and also the chance to work on some really interesting, high-profile projects where I can make a real impact. However, one of the best things about working for TUI is the opportunity to get involved in things outside of my role. Since being here, I’ve joined the choir, taken part in a team day helping out in the local community and I hope to join the netball team after Christmas. There’s great community spirit here and it’s wonderful to be a part of that.

Graduates & Placements

Become a leader of tomorrow with TUI’s exceptional graduate schemes

TUI UK & Ireland is the UK’s largest tour operator with key brands including Thomson, First Choice and Thomson Cruises.  TUI UK & Ireland’s airline, Thomson Airways, is the UK’s third largest airline with 60 aircraft operating to over 73 destinations in 20 countries.  Thomson Airways was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.  With a team of 13,300 employees, TUI UK & Ireland serves more than 5.2 million customers each year.  TUI UK & Ireland is a member of the TUI GROUP

Our Graduate and Placement Programmes are vital in ensuring we develop a pipeline of early talent for our UK & Ireland business. We offer Placement opportunities within our Commercial functions and Graduate opportunities within IT, Finance and Analytics.

Each of our programmes ensures that you will experience an exciting mix of day to day business activities and high profile project work, as well as the opportunity to engage with senior managers in our business.  Our Graduate Programmes begin with a comprehensive induction week at our head office, supported by on-going development workshops, training opportunities and support from Buddies and Mentors. As a flavour of the potential development opportunities provided, previous graduate development workshops have included: Project Management, Leadership, Finance for Non Finance Managers, Communicating with Impact, Personal Effectiveness and Emotional Intelligence, as well as the chance to participate in one of our Innovation Lab sessions.

In a business that sells “smiles” and we are looking for candidates who have a positive, can-do attitude and approach, a smiling and friendly personality and a good communication style. Ultimately, as our programmes have already demonstrated, many of our previous graduates are now working in senior leadership roles within the business, and so we are also looking for leadership potential and the ability and ambition to go far, once the programme has ended.