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Lauren Fiske

Hi Emily! I was in your shoes in 2020 as well with being let go from an employer I loved due to the awful effects of the pandemic on the travel industry. Hang in there! I know it's incredibly difficult and such a rollercoaster. I was able to land my current role by having previous community management experience through social media. My advice is to complete certifications that you think would be relevant. This takes a lot of research especially with free and paid options out there. I would also recommend trying to get old clients to write recommendations for you on LinkedIn or in a portfolio since what others say about us carries a lot of weight! I admire your drive and wish you the best of luck. :)

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Emily Pumm

Thanks for responding, Lauren! Good to know I'm not the only one going through a transition like this during this time. I'm good on recommendations, but do you have any suggestions on where to start with online courses? I'm quite overwhelmed by the amount that's out there. It's hard to tell which are legitimate or not.

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Lauren Fiske

I did many marketing courses on Skillshare (skillshare.com/) which has a free and premium option. I never got certified on anything using it though. Just absorbed info! At the time, I was focusing primarily on digital marketing so I did Google's Fundamentals of Digital Marketing course and Google Analytics for beginners. Both of which are free. However, I'm interested in online community certifications, if they exist. Sorry I'm of no help there! I'm sort of in the same boat as you are. P.S. I've really enjoyed this podcast so far: the.community.club/masters-of-comm...

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Jaka Godejša

Hi Emily, hi Lauren!

My name is Jaka and I am 22 year old from Slovenia. Currently writing my thesis to finish my Tourism degree.

Lauren what kind of job did you have in the travel industry?

Well right know it is not the best time to have a degree in Tourism :D. But I am kind a excited as I with a few other students from my university started a company. We build a marketplace for booking local experiences, we could say that we are more sustainable Airbnb experiences.

And we want to also create a community from all the providers and travel agents (we call them Scouts) so they can help each other out. So I am transitioning and exploring this community building and community manager role.

From my research I found Mighty Networks to be the best for me, as I can start for free. What do you think?

Emily you can tell me what do you mean by Western New York? What does that mean, lets say how far are you then from the Time Square :D?

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Lauren Fiske

Very interesting! Hospitality Management is the only travel-related degree I'm aware of. My degree is in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. Sounds like some exciting stuff you're getting into! I got engaged in a Nashville, Tennessee AirBnb. :) My previous role was a Social Media Manager + blogging responsibilities. I worked for the parent company of CheapCaribbean.com and many other brands. Welcome. :)

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Jaka Godejša

Hospitality gets to be just a small part of my degree.

Congratulations on your engagement :))

It is, you can check it out at localsfromzero.org - this is our MVP, we are funding new, nicer platform at the moment. We steer away from resort like tourism and massive tourism that is popular in eg. Caribbean. We rather try to promote local, and off beaten path providers.

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Lauren Fiske

Love it. I know the industry will bounce back well. I wish you the best of luck on the journey!