Sargam Yagnik will graduate from the Hospitality & Tourism Operations program at Humber in May and jump right on a plane!
Chosen as 1 of 3 individuals worldwide to participate in the Around the World in 80 Hours programme, she will travel to 6 countries in an intensive 6-week immersion training program for corporate travel management. It will take her to Dubai, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Bangalore, Amsterdam and Atlanta.
“I am so excited and am still taking it all in!” said Sargam. “It is a great honour to have been selected for the Around the World in 80 Hours Fellowship programme. This is an extraordinary opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about the corporate travel industry and to live the dream of travelling around the world.
On May 15th, Sargam will meet up with two other university students from Europe in Dubai. Here, and in Beijing, the students attend one-day conferences with local travel professionals. The programme offers unprecedented academic training in corporate travel management and hands-on experience and networking opportunities with industry leaders in global business centres around the world.
“Around the World in 80 Hours Student Fellowships are awarded to distinguished university students who demonstrate an exceptional interest in corporate travel management and a commitment to working in the global business travel industry,” said Amber Kelleher, Managing Director, Global Engagement, ACTE who oversees the Fellowship programme. “Students immerse themselves in local business, and cultural and industry nuances of each city on the itinerary. They have an unparalleled opportunity to meet key corporate leaders in these communities—it’s like meeting the who’s who in each city in five days.”
Sargam applied for the Around the World in 80 Hours Student Fellowship in January after hearing about it from her Professor, Ramesh Srinivasan, “It is a very competitive process, so I am humbled to have been selected. Part of the reason I feel I was chosen was a combination of education, management experience and a love of travel. After earning a Sociology degree at York University, I went backpacking in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and then lived in Switzerland for four months. I had such an amazing travel experience that I realized I wanted to work in the tourism industry. I liked that Humber College offered a post-graduate programme in Hospitality & Tourism Management, which has proven to be a great course to prepare me for a job in the industry.”
When Sargam returns she will begin a 6-month, paid training position with BCD Travel in Toronto as a member of the Global Project Support Team.
Follow Sargam as she chronicles her adventure on her travel blog.
Follow Sargam Yagnik as she travels Around the World in 80 Hours.