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How Ashleigh Made Her Dream of Working for Flight Centre Come True

 

Ashleigh's Story

 

"I have always been drawn in by the red and white; the bright lights and beautiful glossy brochures of a million-and-one places I dream of seeing.

 

To me, walking into a Flight Centre store feels like Christmas morning. I have booked many amazing adventures through them and have always been blown away by the personal service, enthusiasm and professionalism of the consultants who have put my dreams into real-life vouchers, tickets and experiences.

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My love of travel started when I embarked on my first overseas journey to India – a land of colour, culture and crazy taxi drivers.

 

I have a background in teaching (the trip to India was to volunteer and teach in a village school for a month) and sadly I discovered some students have no clue about the world around them.

 

I longed to open my students’ eyes to the culture of other places, the food, geography and different ways of life. 

 

After five years of teaching I decided that I wanted to make a change to a career in travel. I applied for jobs at Flight Centre, but wasn't successful. Not to be discouraged, I made several enquiries at the Flight Centre Travel Academy, but somehow each time talked myself out of it.Ashleigh wearing the red and white with pride

 

I was nervous about changing jobs and studying again, and was concerned about becoming a travel agent having no sales experience. Finally one day, after another call to the Travel Academy, I just decided to do it!

 

I enrolled into the Diploma program – I mean why not? That's what VET FEE-HELP is for right?!

 

While continuing to teach, I studied at the Academy. It was hard work. There were a lot of late nights doing assignments, but I loved it. To study something you find so exciting is an amazing experience.

 

After almost a year I completed my studies. I was worried about what was next, but the amazing team at the Academy continued to support and encourage me, and in no time I was offered an opportunity to interview for a job with Flight Centre.

 

Receiving the call to say I was being offered a position was one of the most exciting moments of my life! 

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I'm now working for Flight Centre in a store at Taigum and every day I wake up so excited to go to work (okay, I'll be honest: I'm just as excited to put on that red scarf).

 

I still have so much to learn but I'm up for the challenge. My team at Taigum have been amazing and I feel so supported.

 

I’m sharing my story because I want to encourage you to chase your dreams. Do not be discouraged by a 'no' here and there. Persist! There are always other ways to get to where you want to be."

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The trainers at Flight Centre Travel Academy have years of experience working in travel and tourism. They're here to celebrate the success stories of their students, along with sharing their invaluable industry knowledge. Have a question for us? Email travel_academy@flightcentre.com

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