Travel Agent 

(Male, Age 58) from Winter Park, FL

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Travel Agent
Salary $45,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 50
Company Size (not answered)
Location Winter Park, FL
Years Experience 3.5 years

Career Ratings

Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)

Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
4000+ Independent Agents

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Book Cruise Travel

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Travel at little or no cost

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

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Work Alone

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.

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

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 8am Organize the day’s upcoming work and check for “emergencies”
8am to 9am Handle any “emergencies” (unexpected travel interruptions).
9am to 10am Email targeted materials to clients
10am to 11am Respond to phone messages and followup on inquiries.
11am to 12pm Book reservations.
12pm to 1pm Network for future business over lunch
1pm to 2pm Network for future business over lunch
2pm to 3pm Book reservations.
3pm to 4pm Write notes to clients (thank yous, request for referrals, etc.).
4pm to 5pm Track commissions.
5pm to 6pm Respond to phone calls.
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Accidentally came up in conversation with a friend.

What was the application process?
Electronic application

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
No interview since paid by commission.

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

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, continuous educational opportunities are offered.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes. Hundreds of hours of working with mentors and study.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, I was a teacher in an earlier career and those skills are invaluable.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
No internship.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Attend a LEGITIMATE school that prepares travel agents

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Excellent social and organizational skills (no sales otherwise).Good memory (job has LOTS of details).Flexible (things rarely go as planned.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Must know modes of travel, destinations and ship characteristics.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
It is a happy business (honeymoons, celebrations, vacations, family reunions, etc.)

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?

What are your current career goals?
Increase sales every year.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
No, as I noted earlier, it is a happy business!

Prior work history

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

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Travel Agent 3+ Commissioned Travel Agent – CRUISE SPECIALIST
Prior Job 2 Travel Agent 1+ Commissioned Travel Agent – General Agent

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.6 NIU Education
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
4 U of Illinois Education

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