AFTER spending a mere three years with one of the country's most popular family retreats, a 25-year-old Ba woman has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to work at one of the Philippine's most luxurious resort's — the Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa.
Pritika Darshani, a corporate trainee with the Shangri-La Fijian's sales and marketing revenue management team, said while she was looking forward to the challenges of working in a more aggressive market atmosphere in the Philippines, she was not relishing the thought of being away from her family.
"My family supports me and know that this is what I have worked towards all my life but it's not going to be easy being away from home," she said.
"I am going on an expatriate contract that has a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years if all goes well."
While attending high school at Ba Sanatan College, Ms Darshani had her sights set on becoming a nurse but fate steered her towards studying tourism and management at the University of the South Pacific.
After joining the Shangri-La Fijian Resort in 2009, the USP graduate scored a corporate traineeship that saw her studying revenue management in Sydney and China at the Shangri-La Academy located there.
Training in the highly competitive overseas markets made Ms Darshani realise that there were some areas that needed to be addressed.
"Time management and efficiency in the way guests are handled, I do feel we need a lot of improvements in these areas," she said.