Travel Counsellors' Academy Training Programme is designed for people who want to take their first step into the world of travel, become a business owner, and take their earning potential into their own hands.
Travel specialist Sinéad Lonergan explains how being a Travel Counsellor has changed her life...
"From wedding coordinator to travel business owner — and how I did it"
Finding out she was about to become a mother for the first time was Sinéad Lonergan’s epiphany moment.
“Having a child was something I always longed for,” she says, “and as it happened for us later than we had hoped, I knew my work priorities had to change.”
Having travelled the world as a guest services manager for a global cruise company, before working as a wedding and event manager for one of the busiest wedding venues in Meath, Sinéad made the decision to shift direction in her career and set up her own business as part of one of the country’s top independent travel companies, Travel Counsellors.
It was a decision that changed her life; signing up to job satisfaction, the opportunity to work from home, unlimited earning potential, flexible hours, and the reward of building her own business. Sinéad is now one of over 75 highly motivated, self-employed travel agents working across Ireland with Travel Counsellors.
With the encouragement of her husband Noel, Sinéad joined Travel Counsellors’ Academy Training Programme, aimed for those who have not worked in outbound travel before.
Sinéad praises the support she received, and still receives, from Travel Counsellors’ head office in Ireland and global HQ in Manchester, UK. Travel Counsellors also have offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Dubai, and Australia.
“For somebody like me, with a strong passion for travel but no direct experience in a travel agency, the Academy Training Programme is a fantastic opportunity. It was a great stepping stone to launch my own business under the Travel Counsellors umbrella.
“I certainly wouldn’t have been as successful as quickly without it,” says Sinéad, adding that all Travel Counsellors receive ongoing professional support, along with advice and training from a personal business development team.
It’s now the flexibility to achieve the right work-life balance that has made the biggest difference to Sinéad. “I actually work more hours in the week since I have become self-employed — but I have greater flexibility regarding when I do them,” she says.
Travel Counsellors’ next Academy Training Programme commences 1 October. If you would like to find out more, call Travel Counsellors’ recruitment team today at 0818 33 20 03 or visit their website HERE.