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WhatThis month, Expedia Group launched a new complimentary education program designed to help displaced or furloughed travel workers expand their skill sets, develop professional networks and find career opportunities while the industry recovers from the COVID-19 crisis. Called Expedia Group Academy, the education offering features online learning modules led by Expedia Group executives and other experts that include webinars, trainings, activity guides and downloadable resources.
Why It MattersThe travel industry is facing an unprecedented unemployment crisis, with some surveys indicating that more than half of all laborers are out of work. The core goal of Expedia Group Academy is to provide participants with knowledge, networks and resources to support their return to the travel industry. Sessions in enhancing business skills, leadership foundations, professional development and more not only assist those in need, but also will help produce a highly skilled workforce that will raise the quality of the industry as a whole.
Fast FactsThe upcoming Expedia Group Academy course schedule includes:- July: Professional Development: Three tracks will help develop interpersonal skills, including elevating personal brand, managing online reputation and interview preparation.
- August: Industry Overview: To build on interpersonal skills, industry experts will join Expedia Group Academy to share insights into the various sectors of the travel industry ranging from lodging, air and cruise, providing participants with an understanding of each sector.
- September: Enhancing Business Skills: Participants will develop skills in high-demand areas such as data and analytics, financial planning, sales training and marketing. All material is presented with a travel industry lens.
- October: Leadership Foundations: The final module focuses on transformational and purpose-led leadership with trainings on effective coaching, inclusive leadership and managing stakeholders.
Participants and interested individuals can also connect with other participants on the Expedia Group Academy LinkedIn Group, which has more than 1,300 industry members.
What They Are Saying“Expedia Group Academy is part of our holistic approach to help the entire travel industry, including our displaced workers, stay productive and on a path towards growth and success during this disruption,” said Melissa Maher, chief inclusion officer for Expedia Group. “Expedia Group Academy will help upskill industry employees as they look to return to full-time employment in a way that strengthens not only their career opportunities but will also make them a valuable addition to any company.”
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