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This interview is part of Careers That Travel on Travel After Five. Careers That Travel is an interview series where we feature people who get to travel for work.
1. What is your current job, and how does travel play into your role?
I’m a software sales consultant and do software demos for public sector agencies in the United States. Most demos are done in person which means I travel all over the country. Since I work with state government agencies I see a lot of state capitals!
2. What did you study in school, and what helped prepare you for this job?
I studied organizational management in school, but my experience implementing and managing the financial and HR software for the local government where I worked is what gave me the experience and skills that I now use in my current position.
3. What is the most exciting place that you have traveled to for work? Least exciting?
I love New York City and get to travel there for work every so often. I try and add on an extra day to those trips so I can grab a show, shop, and eat! I think there is something interesting to see everywhere but some places require me to look a little harder.
4. What types of challenges do you face while on the road?
The biggest challenge for me is the unpredictability of my schedule which means I miss out on a lot of things at home. While on the road, travel delays are the most frustrating aspect of the traveling.
5. Do you get to travel with a team, or do you typically travel for work by yourself?
I almost always travel by myself but usually meet up with a team when I get to where I’m going.
6. How long is a typical work trip? Do you ever extend your stay for personal time?
Most of my trips are just one or two nights but occasionally I will have a trip that last five days. I do extend my stays for personal time when it works in my schedule and it’s a place I’ve never visited or one that I love (like NYC).
7. Do you have a home base, or are you completely remote?
I work from home remotely when not traveling.
8. How does the amount of travel you do change as you move up in this career?
My managers travel more than I do. They tend to travel just about every week.
9. Does your company offer any benefits for being on the road?
Yes! I get to keep my airline miles and hotel points which I can then use to travel for fun. It’s a wonderful perk! I also enjoy an expense account that allows me to eat out at restaurants I probably wouldn’t if I were paying.
10. What advice do you have for someone who has to start traveling for work?
Get a good suitcase! Sign up for loyalty programs and then try and stay loyal to those brands so you can build up miles and points. Traveling can be lonely so try and spend time with your team as much as possible.
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