There comes a point in everyone’s life when they consider if the work they’re doing has meaning and checks off all the boxes that make it feel fulfilling and full of purpose. The good news is there are many options to consider in alternate careers, such as the travel industry, that are both fulfilling and allow you the chance to be your own boss and travel the world. But before you do, these are a few things to consider. Take it from David Rodrigues, who left the corporate world to try his hand at being a travel franchise owner with Cruise Planners and made the leap front and center.
Here are some points to consider when considering a career change:
- Research the travel industry: Gain an understanding of the travel industry and the services that travel agents provide. Learn about the different types of travel agencies, what they offer and the services they provide.
- Develop Travel Expertise: Develop expertise in the travel industry. Learn about different travel destinations, hotels, tour packages, flight schedules and other travel-related topics. Cruise Planners has over 500+ online courses for you to learn about suppliers and travel partners.
- Research Potential Companies: Once you’ve identified a new career path, research potential employers and job opportunities to determine if it’s the right fit. If you’re looking to switch into the travel industry, Cruise Planners has an informative Walkthrough video that will help answer any questions you may have Network: Networking is a key component of any successful career change. Make connections with people in the industry, and get advice from those who have already made a career transition.
- Explore Training Opportunities: Pursue training opportunities to become a travel agent. At Cruise Planners, our award-winning STAR University is held six times a year in Fort Lauderdale and includes industry and sales training from executives in addition to a trade show.
Whether you are considering joining the travel industry or another industry, the most important factor is to do your due diligence and make an informed decision. It could be the best decision you wish you had made years ago.