Get to know Jade Parkin, our diligent Office Assistant! Read on to find out more about the vital role she plays at Diversity Travel, her life before the company and her favourite travel destinations.
What does your job as Office Assistant involve?
As an Office Assistant, my role is to provide assistance to the other Diversity Travel departments, as well as work with the Office Manager to help keep the office running with various daily operations. This can involve administration, greeting guests, answering phones, liaising with contractors, managing inventory and so much more!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
While I have tasks that I do every day, the role can be very varied. One day I can be helping the Supplier Relations department and the next I can be organising social events or fixing furniture. I love that every day is different and you never know what’s going to happen.
What’s your favourite part of working for Diversity Travel?
The people. All my colleagues are very friendly and welcoming. I get to speak with people in different departments every day, as well as talking to visitors and contractors. If I haven’t had the chance to get to know someone in the office, there’s always an opportunity to talk to someone at one of the company socials or activities.
What did you do before Diversity Travel?
I’m from a military family and used to move around a lot. I completed my GCSEs while living in Cyprus and then was offered a Level 2 apprenticeship in Business Administration here in the UK. I completed both Level 2 and 3 with a Legal Conferencing Company and loved the variety of work. However, I was unable to continue to the next level as my family was ‘posted’ to the Netherlands. As I don’t speak Dutch, I thought this was the perfect time to travel, so I re-packed my bags and moved to America to become an Au Pair! For two years, I lived with a lovely family with three children who made me feel like one of their own. It was an amazing experience but I’m so glad to be back home in England, spending time with my family and working to further my career in Administration.
What’s the best place you’ve ever travelled to and why?
I think it would be between New Orleans, Louisiana and Niagara Falls, Canada. New Orleans has such a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere during the day but also has such a rich history and many quirky side streets to explore when you’re not enjoying one of the jazz bars. Niagara Falls, on the other hand, was just such an amazing and eye-opening experience. There’s a mix of cheesy tourist attractions, museums and lovely green spaces. I would definitely recommend taking one of the boats right up to the Horseshoe Falls to see how immense nature can be!
Where would your dream travel destination be?
There are so many places – it’s hard to pick just one! I would love to visit Japan, Switzerland, Morocco, Italy, Mexico, Egypt and so many more. With my host family in America, we took a road trip in their RV from Virginia, though the Badlands and Deadwood, to Yellowstone National Park. I think a road trip around Europe or America again would be a great way to see things I would normally miss if I took a holiday to just one destination. It’s always interesting to explore new places and find hidden things tucked away. If there’s sunshine, that’s a great added bonus!