Earning a place on a TUI Travel graduate scheme is a fantastic achievement. However, it doesn’t mean we’re expected to be the finished article; it’s about potential, and that’s where our development weeks come in.
Throughout the graduate scheme we attend a number of training workshops designed to equip us with key skills and knowledge we need to progress in our careers. Here is a little insight into our most recent development week…
Monday started with a challenge. Our first task was to present on a topic of our choice for 1 minute. Sound easy? Try it and see! Throughout the remainder of the day we discovered all the different elements that go into delivering a great presentation. This included everything from the words, to our body language, to understanding our audience. At the end we were tasked with delivering a second presentation, utilising the techniques we had learned – enthusiastic rounds of applause from the audience suggested there was a definite improvement!
Tuesday taught us how to turn our creative thoughts into realistic business plans. Our New Product Development Manager, Ian Corbett, dropped by to talk us through product development at TUI, why we do it and the 7-stage process used to get from idea to implementation. We were then split into groups and tasked with developing our own product innovation for TUI, delivering a pitch to Ian and Luke Gaskins, Head of Product Development and Delivery at the end of the process to sell our idea. The best piece of advice from the day? Never shoot down an idea, no matter how crazy it sounds.
Wednesday was set to be a day filled with numbers for us grads, as we attended the ‘finance for non-finance managers’ course. Here, we learned some of the financial basics that were necessary for overall budgeting, as well as TUI-specific calculations used throughout the business. Not only did we learn general financial terms, but also how to create a business case. At some point on the scheme, we will all be involved in developing a business case for a new idea – so this was a really helpful day that de-mystified any terms we had been stuck on!
Thursday took us back to communication – our fantastic coach Malcolm came in for the day to focus on our negotiation skills. The morning consisted of using psychological insights from our previous training week to understand the best way to negotiate with different people, and techniques to get the best deal for both parties. After lunch, we were let loose on our own negotiation session in small groups; buyers vs sellers. With some schmoozing and general chit chat about our fake lives, we got down to some hard figures, and finally every group had agreed a ‘contract’ before the deadline.
Friday brought the week to a quieter close, with just the commercial grads meeting our dedicated HR manager to discuss our future career paths. With a CV workshop and some exercises to discuss our values, we started to realise how quickly the grad scheme is going!
Overall, the development week was a great way to focus on some key skills whilst getting to know the new international grads. The next big event will be our overseas placement in September – we’ll keep you posted!
Liza & Laura B (UK&I Commercial Graduates)