Starting a Career in Travel PR, Amidst a Pandemic

April 23, 2021

I joined the FINN Partners Travel team for a four-month internship last year, so when I got the call to say that I had been offered a permanent role as an Assistant Account Executive, I was ecstatic to say the least. Admittedly, it’s been strange to start a new job amid a global pandemic, but I am excited to be working with such a lovely team and clients during this unusual time and looking forward to meeting everyone in person. As time goes on it will be interesting to reflect on how the dynamics of my role will change when this is all over.  

The PR sector has always intrigued me due to it being a creative, busy and diverse environment. Studying PR at university gave me a great insight into the media world which then led me to want to combine my passion for travel with my career. 

The beginning of my career has been far from ordinary, the main reason being that I started my first day of work via zoom rather than in the office. Luckily for me, the team are all really great at communicating (even it is virtually), so it feels likeI know everyone all so well already. Although, as the end of lockdown is nearing, I am really looking forward to seeing the gorgeous new office I have heard so much about and of course that all important  after-work drink with the team!

   

Valuable lessons have been learnt

Just a few weeks in, I have already learned to push myself out my comfort zone, which has allowed me to grow both professionally and personally. But also, it’s important for all of us to not put too much pressure on ourselves during a time like this. I know most of us have learnt to embrace change and to enjoy the simpler things in life throughout the pandemic. One of the most valuable lessons for me has been to stay positive knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel for all of us and the travel industry.   

  

What I am looking forward to

Like most people, I am so looking forward to feeling the warm breeze overwhelm me when stepping off a plane. Admittedly, I do love a staycation, as I feel like the UK has so much to offer and home to some spectacular views. But let’s face it, you can’t beat the excitement of travelling to a new country, experiencing the culture, and having the opportunity to try delicious local delicacies.

 

What’s next for the travel industry?  

It’s been remarkable to observe the travel industry’s resilience over the course of the  pandemic and there have even been some triumphs despite the hardship everyone has faced over the past year. I know most people are eager to see what the world of travel has in store for us once it finally opens again; it will be compelling to see how the ‘new normal’ has shaped the way we travel.  After the pandemic, I am hopeful that travel will be more meaningful, as everyone is longing to reconnect with the ones they love. People may decide to take longer trips as families and friends will be making up for all of the time they have lost during the pandemic.  There are so many opportunities for change and growth both for the travel industry and for myself as I develop my career in travel PR – I cannot wait!

Posted By

Jasmine Harris Stephens
Assistant Account Executive

 

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