FAQ for Travel
Q: What’s the pay like in the sector?
A: The pay structure is a little different from other jobs in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sector. As a travel agent, you could expect to receive a salary approaching about £20k at most agencies. However, many travel agents work on a commission basis so, the better you are at your job (i.e. the more holidays you sell), the more money you earn.
Q: Career-wise, what long-term prospects does the travel industry have?
A: Most large organisations in the travel industry have a clearly defined career path for employees. Generally, you will start as a junior travel consultant, working your way up to a fully-fledged consultant. Following that, there may be scope to become a branch manager, with additional promotions to regional or even national level for the particularly talented.
Q: What skills will set me apart from other candidates looking for work in this industry?
A: One of the major things that employers look for from job applicants is a real interest in travel. This is often a prerequisite for the job, with some travel agencies only taking on staff who have visited several continents. Nowadays, many people take time out to travel around the world - if this is something you’ve done, it may be to your advantage when applying to work in the travel industry.
Q: Are there any other benefits to working in the travel industry?
A: Travel agency staff often get particularly good deals on flights and holidays. ‘Familiarisation trips’ are also common - staff might be sent to new resorts or emerging tourist destinations to see exactly what they’re like first-hand.