Tomorrow's Travel Leaders: 30 Under 30: Josh Gregory
In collaboration with TTG Digital, the ITT and Guoman Hotels, C&M Travel Recruitment set out to discover the 30 most inspiring and dynamic people in the travel industry aged 30 years and younger - the 30 Under 30.
Here we profile Josh Gregory, product and commercial executive at Cosmos.
Q: What tips do you have for other young people looking to make their mark in the travel industry?
A: "Always do your utmost to ensure everything you do is done in a timely manner, and with maximum effort. Despite what you may think - this will never go unnoticed. Whatever it is, you will always get back what you put in. If you put nothing in, you will get just that back.
"On a separate note, I believe one of the most important things to remember, is to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. This is something I live by after having it drilled into my head when I was younger, and it certainly has a strong effect on my everyday life."
Q: Why did you want to get involved in the travel industry?
A: "If I'm honest, I fell into the Industry after working abroad for the summer in 2010, and came back and was looking for a job. I was given a temporary contract in health and safety for three months, and during that time a job had become available in product and commercial which I applied for, and in turn was accepted for the role. It is such a diverse role, and it is stereotypically ‘different every day'.
"The travel industry as a whole develops and changes at such a fast pace. It is incredibly competitive, and these combined make it an intense, but really enjoyable environment to work in. Despite landing into travel to an extent by accident, I have never looked back once and, looking into the future, I hope for a long career within the industry."
Q: How does it feel to be in the final 30 of Tomorrow's Travel Leaders? Were you surprised to be nominated?
A: "It's a great feeling, especially when you're aware you've been placed in the same group as young people who have really achieved so much in such a short time. It was a surprise, however certainly not a bad one!"
Q: Has the recognition had any impact on your career?
A: "I certainly feel a lot more confident in myself now, and there have been people within the business who have commented on the achievement. I'm still fully aware however, that without keeping my head down and giving 100 per cent every day I will never get to where I want to be a few years down the line."