Many people wonder whether or not the travel industry can recover from Covid-19. Fair enough, 2020 certainly was a testing year challenging for many industries, especially the tourism and airline industries.
Questions you may be asking yourself include:
- Will travel agents and the industry survive through Covid-19?
- What career could I move into?
- Will travel agents exist in the future?
- What are my transferrable skills and experience?
If you are asking these questions, then you are not alone.
But, if you do decide to change your career, here are the top 5 fantastic and exhilarating careers where your skills and experience gained working as a travel agent, tourism operator or air host can be transferred into. Remember these qualities and skills when you're being interviewed.
1. Marketing, promotions and merchandising roles/
A travel consultant has a customer oriented mindset. They are also usually passionate about travel and tourism, have an excellent knowledge of latest tourism trends and a good understanding of different tourism offerings and options. Such knowledge will be beneficial in a marketing related role for an international clothing brand, an events hire company and so forth. Any kind of role that involves selling experiences would be great too. Have a look online through LinkedIn and network with some recruiters in this field. You'll be surprised at the outcome.
2. Sales related roles.
A person working in the travel industry will likely have gained good sales and presentation skills. They need to offer and promote different services and offerings as well as suggest suitable travel options that best suite clients' needs. Such skills will prove valuable for any sales team and will stand out in your resume.