Introducing Sarah BoydPosted on 29/08/2017 by Jess O'Connor
The International Travel College is delighted to welcome a new tutor to the team, Sarah Boyd. Below, Sarah shares her career highlights, including how she caught the travel bug and fell in love with teaching tourism.
The best feeling in the world is that feeling you get in the pit of your tummy when a plane starts speeding down the runway, engines blasting, and the nose tips upwards and the wheels leave the tar.
I was five years old the first time I experienced this feeling, on a family trip to Malta. It was then that I knew I had been bitten by the travel bug.
Born in Newcastle (the North East of England), I travelled extensively to Europe on family vacations during my childhood, until we immigrated to South Africa when I was 10.
Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was travel. So I was delighted when I was offered a job selling vacations to exclusive members of RCI and Southern Sun holiday reservations, first in Africa, and then internationally. For eight years, I learned how to sell travel, deal with clients, and master technical booking systems.
The next step in my career journey was with a recruitment agency. I recruited young people and placed them in positions suitable to their career objectives. This was a fun, vibrant role. I met some fabulous people and travelled to faraway places. This job taught me to grow up, take ownership, and be a responsible adult.
With travel in my soul, I moved to New Zealand and joined Menzies Aviation at Auckland International Airport. I worked as a check-in agent and then on-boarding co-ordinator, first for Emirates and Singapore Airlines, before settling with Cathay Pacific. The airport is an exciting place to work, no two days are ever the same. The clients are interesting and the whole airport becomes your office.
Flight Centre was my next 5-year challenge. Flight Centre taught me about travel, customer service, and culture, but most importantly, they taught me how to work hard and party harder! I travelled so much with Flight Centre, it’s hard to believe I actually got paid to do this job.
My passion was something I wanted to share with others, so I became a tourism tutor and achieved my National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy (Level 5).
I absolutely love working with students, I think sometimes the students teach me more than I teach them. I’ve learned so much about myself as a tutor, and that’s how I’ve ended up teaching here at ITC.
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