The term Travel jobs covers a wide variety of jobs within the Travel and hospitality industry sectors, these jobs could range anywhere from your stereotypical travel rep to business travel. If you are trying to get started in a career involving travel and tourism, your best step would be to enrol with a reputable travel recruitment agency for wider opportunities within this specific industry.
Travel recruitment agencies provide strong links to all kinds of travel and hospitality jobs, including travel agents, tour operators, cruise operators and airlines, these are to name but a few in the travel sector, whereas they offer opportunities in hotels and conferences and events in the hospitality sector.
Travel recruitment companies offer permanent, temporary and contract roles within this given sector, vacancies will range from trainees, learning the ropes to executive positions.
A deeper look into just some of the fields of travel jobs provides an insight as to the level of competences required. If you are wishing to gain work in the niche sector of business travel then prior knowledge and corporate experience is essential. A business travel consultant will be expected to be able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment sourcing the most cost effective worldwide routes, this will include booking the best flights, rail, hotel accommodation and much more, all candidates will require experience of CRS (computer reservations systems) such as Amadeus, Galileo or Sabre and will require excellent customer services skills.
Travel reservations consultants will be required to undertake similar responsibilities as mentioned for business travel, although this will usually be a travel job working within a busy travel agency, you will be expected to book flights, hotels and also have the ability to sell additional products and services such as car hire. These jobs usually involve some aspect of a commission based salary which provides more incentive to meet goals.
Travel jobs within fares and ticketing are most probably the most important jobs within the travel industry, handling nett and published fares, and well as travel documentation. A position in this area of travel will require comprehensive knowledge of ticketing as well as various bookings and reservations systems. (Training may be provided on the job)
Of course it is not expected that you will be proficient in core skills required to work within the travel and tourism industry, but if you have your heart set on working in this sector then there are courses which will introduce you to the basic skills which are essential, most courses will provide qualifications which are recognised the hospitality industry such as a BTEC introductory diploma this provides the basic skills, educational experience and the chance to study for more qualifications later.
These courses are broken down into 3 units which are core units, specialist units personal skills. Every travel jobs requires all of these disciplines, each unit is then further broken down concentrating firstly on an introduction to hospitality, travel and tourism. Specialist skills include planning trips, using displays and food service with a smile. Personal skills cover personal effectiveness and financial management.
Teachers providing these courses will have extensive experience in this specific sector, the course will include guest speakers and outside visits which can potentially widen your experience and knowledge.
Taking these first steps on your own initiative can give you a healthy foot in front of candidates with no industry experience and knowledge. It is wise to research what courses are available to get your first foot on the ladder of travel. Having an idea of which travel job you would like to pursue can make this task easier and take closer still to your ideal job whether that be aspiring to be an air hostess or cabin crew, working in the bookings and reservations sector or working for a major tour operator there is no substitute for researching your desired position.
Anna Stenning researches the best way to find travel jobs within a competitive industry sector.