We sit down for a catch up with our beautiful Elena Ktori for a heart to heart about the year that was 2020 and what’s new.
Q. Tell us about some of the highs and lows for you this year?
Yay! We’ve finally made it to the end of 2020. It has been such a challenging year. I think I’m not the only one who’s ready just to draw a line through this year and get on with 2021.
For me, it’s certainly been an emotionally draining and financially hard year. I’ve seen teammates and friends across the travel sector being made redundant and company owners and clients making really tough decisions about their businesses.
The thing I’ve missed most is definitely the face-to-face interaction and engagement with my candidates and clients. Not being able to see you all on a regular basis, not being able to catch up all at those travel industry events we all look forward to each and every year, that has been hard.
Reflecting positively, I’ve spent lots of quality time at home with my daughter, something that I would have never had the opportunity to do usually being a full-time working mum. That’s something I’ve cherished most about 2020.
Q. How has your role in recruitment changed in 2020?
TMS Talent as a business has undergone a massive upheaval this year to reinvent and diversify as an organisation. We are so proud of our long history in travel recruitment but with the sector changing the way it has, we were forced to change too.
For me personally, I’ve gone back to my roots as a recruiter and instead of focusing predominately on travel and sales roles. I’ve been supporting clients with filling roles of all job types.
It’s been an exciting change for me, keeping me engaged every day. Having recently placed a Head of Treasury role and a Head of Data & Analytics position for some of my new clients, I feel this reflects on us all having to change with current climate and not sit still.
Q. What else is new?
Another positive of 2020 is I’ve had more time on my hands, so I wanted to use this time to give back to charity where I felt my skills would be best suited.
I’m proud to be using my experience to volunteer as a mentor with Women In Travel (CIC) supporting Women regain work and entrepreneurship in Travel and Hospitality. Offering mentoring in cv writing, applying to the right jobs, how to find these jobs, interview techniques and really trying to give confidence to the individual, as we all need this in these challenging times.
Q. What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?
Anything’s got to be better than this year, right?!
In 2021 I’m looking forward to travelling. I’m desperate to see my family in Cyprus whom I have dearly missed! I’ve had positive conversations with friends and family who have already booked holidays for next year, so I’m optimistic things will get better for our industry soon.
I’m also working with new clients on some exciting new multilingual opportunities and placing a diversity of roles across both travel and other sectors, with a focus on we don’t just support clients with traditional travel roles!
We are all looking forward to seeing the end of 2020, but we must continue to learn through 2021and make positive changes ourselves – if you haven’t already, volunteer for a charity that you are passionate about, start a hobby, paint, mediate, run, spread kindness, just be productive to help yourself mentally! We can’t stay the same after the year we have had, we need to make a difference not just for ourselves but others around us, not just as a New Years resolution, but a new way of life!