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Lucia Kasasova

"My degree helped me to get my first job and also to be more confident and ready for the industry, as well as giving me the opportunity to become more professional in my work."

Lucia Kasasova is a Sales and Account Management Executive at JacTravel. She looks after clients in Europe, including the UK and Russia, establishing new relationships to drive business.

How has your degree helped your career so far?

My degree helped me to get my first job and also to be more confident and ready for the industry, as well as giving me the opportunity to become more professional in my work. It is not only the degree which helps, though - alumni support opens new doors, through networking and boosting my confidence.  

Why did you choose to study at Surrey?

I chose to study at University of Surrey for its prestigious reputation in the UK and internationally.

Why Tourism Management?

I received my Bachelors degree in Tourism and Leisure Studies with American Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University and, as I enjoyed Tourism Studies, I wanted to continue to gain further education in the subject.

How has your degree helped in your career?

My degree helped me to get my first job and also to be more confident and ready for the industry, as well as giving me the opportunity to become more professional in my work. It is not only the degree which helps, though - alumni support opens new doors, through networking and boosting my confidence.

What is your career highlight so far?

I am in my second year in industry as Sales and Account Management Executive at JacTravel, where I run the JacHotels project. I look after clients in Europe, including the UK and Russia, and I establish new relationships to drive business. 

My first job was Sales Representative (Reservations) for Globehunters  - OTA. My second job was Business Development Specialist at Norwegian Cruise Line, where I managed to make my first connections across the travel industry in the UK.

What is your favourite memory of your time at Surrey?

My favourite memory from University of Surrey were my marketing classes with Dr Victoria Eichhorn. I also loved the field trip to Cambridge and the group project we did there.

What advice would you give to students?

I would advise students to make the most of their time at Surrey, to boost their confidence, to ask many questions, to apply for internships and other programmes, and add to their CV with different activities.

Is remaining connected with the alumni network important to you?

Definitely, yes. I find alumni events very useful for networking, discussing opportunities and to relive my student days. I do enjoy the evenings and I am very thankful to the University that we are not left alone after graduation, but we have always a point of contact.

 

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