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Hey there, by now you know that I have been working on my career transition. Going from a full time career in mental health to a forever career in travel and tourism is what’s happening.
I’ve already taken many steps in the right direction and still work full time as a Court Liaison for mentally ill individuals. I feel that’s it’s going to happen soon, that I will have to say goodbye to my clients.
Why leave mental health? I have 2 Master’s in Psychology.
It will be bittersweet for sure. I knew I always wanted to help others since going on retreats with my Catholic high school. I’ve been in the field for 7 years, and really do enjoy working with a treatment team to provide services to others. It gives me that “happy” feeling and it’s great to have so much contact with other people all the time.
Then travel happened. Once I graduated from graduate school, I went to Jamaica for 5 days. That was almost 3 years ago, and I made travel part of my life by going on “long weekends away” several times a year.
My passion for travel has overtaken me. It’s become my primary love, and I’m not talking about dropping everything, moving abroad and never coming back. No.. That’s not my interest.
I want to become a part of the field, immerse myself in different ways, and of course, continue to travel at the same time! I did a great thinking about it for the past 1.5 years, and began my serious journey last July.
What have I done so far?
I began this blog in July 2014 which is a great resume and step into getting other publications, agencies, and people find you and get to know you. It’s gotten me freelance positions and contacts for future article pitches.
One of the freelance positions, writing for Go! Girl Guides, turned into me being promoted to “Online Editor”! It’s a great responsibility working with the Founder, Kelly Lewis, and the other writers of the team. This small brand of guidebooks is turning big and I got chosen to become such a huge part of it!
I also am enrolled in an Online course in travel and tourism that will allow me to take the TAP exam this summer. The TAP is the “Travel Agent Proficiency” exam.
It will open up more doors to me via working as a travel agent for any agency booking corporate, leisure, or group travel. Afterwards, I can apply to become a Destination Specialist with 18 months in the industry working as an agent. I already know I’ll pick the Caribbean!
Now I’ve done my networking and for now I am “hosted” as a travel agent. What that means is, I work under a “host” agency so I get the affiliations and deals they have. Some are Expedia, Sandals, Riu, and Princess cruises. I work my own hours, find my own clients, and get commission off the deal I book for others. I make what I can out of it, no sales minimum and extra training comes with it!
So that’s where I am now. Looks like Go! Girl Guides has become the winner and you will be hearing a lot more about them. What’s great is that I can bring my travel agent skills to combine booking airfare and trips for others to them, to other bloggers, and to everyone in the world.
Mental health wise – I will continue to incorporate my expertise in that into my blog posts in the Psychology and Travel section, hopefully in future speeches and talks with others. We all want and need to be healthy as individuals on my own so I do not take my schooling for granted. I’m proud to have 2 Master’s in Psychology. It has only taught me to deal with tough situations and interact with people in the best way.
To the future!