I am currently earning a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Travel & Tourism (with a special emphasis on Spanish language and Mexican culture) - my career goal upon Graduation is to become a Travel Agent.
I am 2 classes away from graduating, however due to some health issues I will not be able to attend on-campus classes this Fall. That said, I Googled "University of Texas Online Courses" and found a section under "Continuing Education/Career Development" with a specific course for students wishing to go into the TA field.
This is what the website says:
| Travel Agent |
This nationally recognized Travel Agent online course and training program will prepare students for the Institute of Certified Travel Agents TAP Certification. Students learn the basic skills needed to operate a computer reservation system. This program consists of two modules including a Travel Career Development module and an interactive reservation system module. For the reservation system module students get their choice of SABRE, WORLDSPAN, APOLLO, GALILEO, or AMADEUS GDS system. All materials included.
CEUs: 20.00 Hours: 200.00
I am going to need something to keep me busy during the Fall semester so that I don't go stir-crazy. I can't really get a job anywhere until my energy levels get back up which the doc says could take up to 6 months. Eventually, I plan on interning for a local travel agency and then seeing where it goes from there.
So, does this course sound familiar at all?? Do you think it would be helpful/worth the money?? I've spoken with 2 TA's so far (including Tammy host about a year ago - thanks Tammy!) so I know some of the downsides of the biz, but am still very interested. I have 7 years sales experience in the Art Gallery business, but am looking to switch careers. Most of my clientele at the Art Gallery I currently work for are high-end, so my hope is that I could offer travel services to them and work in Luxury travel (specializing in Mexico and other Latin/South American countries).
Opinions on this particular course, as well as any other advice that you may have for me, would be greatly appreciated!