Here’s a brief introduction to all of our placement students from our 2017/18 intake to give you an idea about what you’ll get up to and gain from doing your placement year at TUI.
Introduction to yourselves and where are you working:
Hey, my name’s Christian. I’m originally from Northampton but I study Human Geography at the University of Leeds. During my year at TUI, I will be working as an Early Trading Assistant looking after Cyprus.
Hey I’m Chris. I hail from Peebles in Scotland and I study International Business Management at Robert Gordon University. My role within TUI is short haul early trading.
Hi, I’m Immi. I’m originally from Warwick but I study International Business at the University of Leeds. I work in the commercial department at TUI, as a late trading assistant, looking after several resorts in late trading, including Fuerteventura and Cape Verde.
Hi my name’s Tom, I’m originally from Aberdeen and also attend University there at Robert Gordon University, where I study International Business Management. At TUI I work as a Product Assistant, looking after several resorts, including Aruba – nice and exotic!
Hi, I’m Orlagh. I’m originally from Luton and I go to Sheffield Hallam University where I study Economics. I moved back home to do my placement year here at TUI. During my placement I will be working as a Product Assistant mostly looking after Greece.
Hi, I’m Eleanor. I’m originally from Sheffield but study Human Geography at the University of Leeds. My role at TUI is as an Online Sales and Merchandising Executive within the E-Commerce department.
Hey, I’m Hayley. I’m studying International Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey but I’m originally from Southampton. In my role as Cruise Trading Assistant, I look after all the ships currently on sale for summer 2018.
Hi I’m Ollie. I’m originally from Woking and I study Marketing at the University of Portsmouth. I am the first ever Crystal Ski placement student at TUI, and work as a Destination Executive covering France, Switzerland and North America.
So far what are the best bits about working for TUI?
Chris: Getting involved with the social side of the office, and receiving lots of training and support to do my role.
Orlagh: The best thing about working at TUI is that it’s so easy to love your job; it’s exciting to know that what you do in your day contributes to making happy memories for people.
Eleanor: It’s been great so far – I feel like I’ve had a lot of responsibility meaning I have learned so much in such a short space of time!
Hayley: The training and induction process that we undertook in the first 4 weeks taught me so much and gave me a much broader knowledge about the business as a whole and its commercial priorities. As cliché as it sounds, everyone at TUI is so welcoming, helpful and understanding.
What else do you get involved in alongside your day job at TUI?
Chris & Thomas: During our year with TUI, as well as doing our day to day job role, we also complete three projects as a placement team to engage with the wider community of the business.
So far we’ve had our charity project in aid of The Family Holiday Association. We decided to run a bingo night with the difference being that we used music instead of numbers – much like bongo’s bingo. We sourced some amazing raffle prizes such as a 4 night cruise courtesy of Marella Cruises and a 7 night ski holiday donated by Crystal Ski, meant we were able to sell over 1200 raffle tickets! This was a great opportunity to network with various other departments in the business that we wouldn’t usually connect with. But the best bit was that we managed to raise a record breaking £1500!
What advice would you give to anybody applying for the scheme?
Christian: Take your time with the initial application questions – they may seem quite long and complicated but if you break it down into sections this will be a lot easier.
Immy: Assessment centres are a way for you to show the company why you deserve the job – use it as an opportunity to show off your skills, knowledge and passion for travel. Try to relax, be yourself and show the company why they should choose you for the role.