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Youth of the week: Srauy Virith

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Srauy Virith. Photograph: Phnom Penh Post

Many people always use the word “fate” when they have done something or are about to do something.

Sometimes, when they cannot achieve a project, they say it is because of fate.

Fate is probably our destiny, but we don’t have to wait for it.

“I believe in fate, but since the very beginning I also tried my best to get a good job with a high salary,” says Srauy Virith, 35, managing director at Sense Journey Travel co., Ltd.

He graduated from the Institute of foreign language in 2002 majoring in French literature, then graduated from Panasastra University in 2004 majoring in English literature.

As a junior and senior in French literature study, he decided to choose teaching and tourism out of four curriculums available.

Being fluent in French and a Khmer native speaker, he became a part time French teacher for Khmer students and a part time Khmer teacher for foreign students.

After graduation, he became an interpreter.

His commitment and ability rewarded him: he had the chance to work for the France Embassy in Cambodia.

At that time, he made an unpredictable decision:

“I decided to resign from my work then I asked one local tourism company to work for them as a trainee with no salary for three month,” he says.

Because he was passionate with what he was doing, he doesn't have any regret.

After a three month internship he was hired and became a Tour Operator for four year.

After gaining knowledge of the tourism industry, Virith launched his own company in 2009.

The new business implied a lot of obstacles like managing the company service, training the staff and advertise the company overseas.

Four year went by. His business activity grew. Now, he always gets good feedback from tourists in Cambodia and his overseas partners believe his services are very reliable.

He is about to become a member of the Cambodia Association Travel Agents and have a role as a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

To students who want to work in the tourism industry he says: “If you love it, you have to think about it. It is a great opportunity! You should try to focus on languages first, to reach everyone globally.

''And then an internship in the field could lead to a bright future!

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