In 2005 I returned from the UK looking for a job to tie my over until university started in 2006. Flight Centre was recruiting.
In the beginning consulting was exciting – learning how to book a flight was awesome. The details involved fascinated me – I was learning a whole new language. And to this day there are things that stimulate me when it comes to booking flights – especially if it is a complicated route, with all kinds of variable to take into consideration – things like whether airlines have interair agreements. Connecting times, can a person get a visa in South Africa for the destination he is traveling to? Is it safe for a person to travel to a certain place? There is satisfaction in showing a person an entry they have never seen or used and see how it makes their lives so much easier. There are things that I will always enjoy about consulting.
For the most part – consulting has become monotonous. JNB-CPT return. Book the car. Book the hotel. Wait for orders. Issue. Insert the voucher numbers. Change flights. Revalidate flights. If you are lucky (and I am) – you work with awesome people – you clients are understanding and teachable. Your colleagues are helpful and motivating. But the work remains, for the most part monotonous.
In January a position was advertised for a business systems administrator within the company I currently work for. I applied for the job, nervous with anticipation and hope! I was shortlisted for the interview. I was interviewed in January. After a twist here and there, I was notified that my application was successful. I accepted for the job and then I waited patiently for the starting date.
As of the 1st of April 2013 I am no longer a travel agent.
I am a business systems administrator.
I am super excited!