Travel Coordinator (Female, Age 45) in Oakley, CA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleTravel Coordinator
Salary$75,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week25
Company Size(not answered)
LocationOakley, CA
Years Experience1 year

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I run a small home-based business that supplies clients with travel options. I plan and book custom vacations.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I help customers decide where they want to go then present them with various hotel and activity options that I think will suit their needs. I then book the entire vacation.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
travel discounts

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
under

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
yes, I have to deal with customers and other travel professionals on a daily basis. I love what I do but sometimes people that can’t make up their minds get a little frustrating.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I have a home office that I wish was a little bigger. I wish I had more room for a filing system.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 3
Hours: 1
Co-Workers: 8
Supervisors: 7
Job Title: 6
Level of Responsibility: 5
The Actual Work: 4

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amGet up and get the kids off to school.
8am to 9amCheck my email and delete the junk.
9am to 10amGet organized, make phone calls, clean house if there are no customers calling, do laundry
10am to 11amDo a little marketing. Send out advertising emails.
11am to 12pmLunch
12pm to 1pmResearch any new clients interests.
1pm to 2pmBasically, my day depends on the amount of clients I have at any one time. This could flucuate with the seasons. If I have no clients, I spend extra time researching new places.
2pm to 3pm
3pm to 4pmKids come home and want to eat.
4pm to 5pmStart planning dinner, maybe run to the grocery store.
5pm to 6pmMake and eat dinner
6pm to 7pmspend time with my husband and kids
7pm to 8pmsame
8pm to 9pmwatch TV
9pm to 10pmwatch TV
10pm to 11pmgo to bed.
11pm to 12amsleep

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
I saw that the local college was offering classes

What was the application process?
I got trained

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
No

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
n/a

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Since I am the employer, I would say I did everything I could to prepare myself for this line of work.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, there were many college courses to choose from.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, I took the proper classes

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
I didn’t have an internship

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Go to school and take as many travel classes as you can. Even then, it’s really hard to plan a vacation for someone if you’ve never been to that location before. You must research!

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Social and Organizational skills are the most important. If there is no attention to detail, you could really ruin someone’s vacation.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
yes

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
It’s not as easy or glamourous as it sounds. You really don’t get free travel. You have to work very hard for your money and you have to be available to your customers at all hours in case of an emergency.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I love doing this.

What are your current career goals?
I would like to make the time to go on a vacation myself!

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
No, It’s fantastic!

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Stand Manager3 yrsvolunteerI work concessions at the SF Giants games to raise money for our local girls to compete in the Arts.
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:2.5

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
4Los MedanosTravel Marketing
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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