Sparrow at Heart

Eight years later, I am finally getting out of the traditional role of a travel consultant.


In 2005 I returned from the UK looking for a job to tie my over until university started in 2006.  Flight Centre was recruiting.

Suzi and I (one of my  Flight Centre friends)

Suzi and I (one of my Flight Centre friends)

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.

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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!


Author: Alet Swart

Gauteng based boy-mama and blogger. Passionate about self-development & learning. A21 Volunteer. Empowered by Grace.

2 thoughts on “Eight years later, I am finally getting out of the traditional role of a travel consultant.

  1. Well done sweetie – and the best of luck

  2. Congrats and best of luck!

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