The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) has added four new training modules to its Travel Advisor Roadmap Course that introduce paths to travel advisor careers.
With these new career pathway trainings, ASTA aims to attract new travel advisors to the industry by offering an educational tool that highlights different job opportunities in travel. The course can also serve as a refresher for current advisors.
“The travel industry isn’t one size fits all, and a wide variety of opportunities exist for those looking to break into travel,” said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby. “These new courses provide a deeper level of understanding into specific career opportunities which means companies looking for talent also benefit from better trained candidates.”
ASTA, a leading travel advisor advocacy organization founded in 1931, has a career overview page of its website with free, downloadable learning materials that were viewed nearly 15,000 times in 2023. This prompted ASTA to expand those offerings for potential future advisors.
ASTA provided the following descriptions of its new career pathway trainings:
- Corporate Travel Advisor: Roadmap to Becoming a Travel Advisor — Gain the essential knowledge and in-depth insights towards a thriving career in corporate travel.
- Independent Contractor: Working with a Host Agency — Uncover the strategies and insights you need to flourish under the wing of a host agency while forging your own path to success.
- On the Payroll: Working Directly for a Travel Agency — Learn the ropes and gain valuable insights into becoming an integral part of a travel agency team, related industries, and insights on daily workload and responsibilities.
- Independent Travel Agency: Building Your Business — Unlock the steps and strategies needed to build your agency and find unique independence and opportunities.
For members of ASTA, the organization provides a robust suite of training courses and certifications. ASTA also has a partnership with Signature Travel Network to offer many of these tools on Signature Embark, another career training for new advisors.
In addition, ASTA recently relaunched its jobs listings page, ASTA Travel Career Center, which is updated weekly with new opportunities.