Often a very interesting and fulfilling career does not have a degree directly related to the work widely available. Those who wish to work in the travel industry could do well with many of the social science related degrees or business, as it helps you relate to others and see how you could best help others to create a wonderful trip. Riyaz Momin talks about his career in the travel industry.

(Photo Courtesy of Riyaz Momin)

(Photo Courtesy of Riyaz Momin)

What does your current job entail? 

“As an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise owner, I play the role of a travel consultant as well as office manager. I book cruises and land vacations as well as support our consultant team in learning and managing their travel business.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties?

“I love to book the most spectacular vacations for all of my customers!”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“I do. Education is critical for any business or job.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education?

“I invest my time and money in educating and learning. I have taken classes in recreation, communication, and writing. I participate in seminars and travel courses to keep myself well-informed and see what else I can do to help improve my work product and service for our customers.”

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?

“I believe it’s about sharing a passion for travel and inspiring others through travel. Age is not a factor or barrier. Computer and professional skills are essential and critical success factors to achieving any objective. At Expedia CruiseShipCenters, we offer the opportunity to anyone who has the passion to cruise and travel, and help others do the same as a professional cruise and travel consultant. We provide extensive training, marketing, best in class sales education, and the full-time business development support to grow a business..”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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