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October 7, 2013 11:16 am

Job Description of a Travel Consultant

Do you love travel? As a travel consultant, you can help your clients plan dream vacations by using your resources to make the best travel arrangements possible. You might even want to specialize in a type of travel, if you have a particular destination that’s close to your heart. In this post, we’ll review the job description of a travel consultant so you know what to expect as you enter the industry. If you’re interested in learning more, check out QC Travel School’s Travel and Tourism + GDS course.

Travel consultant - what's involved?

Skills Required

Travel consultation relies heavily on customer service. Because of this, you should be a people-person with strong communication skills. You should also be comfortable with sales. You’ll also need to be highly organized, as you’ll be managing every detail of your clients’ travel plans. The travel industry can move quickly, and you’ll need to be able to keep your cool in a fast-paced environment. Ultimately, you need to love travel and have a lot of personal experience with travel.

Daily Tasks

–          Advising clients on destinations
–          Booking flights, accommodations, car rentals, tours, and activities
–          Arranging travel insurance
–          Using a GDS booking system
–          Managing payments
–          Advising clients on particularities like customs regulations and exchange rates
–          Sending tickets and itineraries
–          Keeping customers happy

Education Requirements

There are no specific education requirements to become a travel consultant (other than a high school diploma). That being said, because clients are becoming smarter when it comes to travel– due to the ease of internet booking – many employers will prefer candidates who have vocational training from a school like QC Travel School. Many employers also require GDS (global distribution system) training.

A job as a travel consultant will require continuous education. The industry is always changing, and you’ll be expected to keep up with those changes. Many employers will sponsor their employees to take classes to keep them up-to-date.

Salary

A travel consultant’s salary depends on their experience, skill level, and place of employment. The majority of travel consultants work for reservation services (for an airline or cruise, for example), followed by travel agencies. About 15% are self-employed.

The average starting income of a travel consultant is roughly $20,000. With experience, salaries raise to an average of $45,000. Keep in mind that some travel consultants are paid on commission, which means that they earn a percentage of what they book. If you’re a savvy salesperson, the income potential can be even higher! There are also perks and incentives to the job, such as fam trips.

Are you interested in becoming a travel consultant? You can learn from home with QC Travel School’s Travel and Tourism Courses.

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September 25, 2013 8:00 am

Job Description of a Professional Organizer

Photo of clean, organized closet.

To be a professional organizer, you’ll need to have a knack for the neat, tidy and organized. Good time management and interpersonal skills will be essential, as will the ability to remain cool-headed under pressure and in areas of clutter. In this post, we’ll overview the description of a professional organizer including education requirements, working knowledge needed, average salary, sample career path, working conditions, and regular duties. If you’re interested in learning more about a career in the fast growing industry of professional organizing, be sure to check out QC Design School’s Advanced International Organizing Professional course.

Education Requirements

The field of Professional Organizing experienced a mega boom following the introduction of shows such as Hoarders and Hoarders: Buried Alive. It’s important not to confuse the duties of a professional organizer with those of a therapist or hoarding specialist – they’re not the same. A professional organizer is someone who goes into a space and clears out the unnecessary, then creates a neat and tidy organizational system. Someone who specializes in hoarding or provides therapy to people with OCD and “hoarding” is someone who has completed medical training.

The education requirements for professional organizing are vague, and technically no formal training is needed in many areas of the world. Having a certificate of completion showing you’ve completed voluntary training in the subject, however, will help you set apart from your competition. Whether you choose to study professional organizing from home or at an in-class school is up to you. Having proof that you’ve completed training in the subject will help to land you clients and give them extra confidence in your abilities.

Working Knowledge

In your career as a professional organizer, you’ll be expected to be able to create different organizing solutions and systems for a host of spaces, ranging from closets and pantries to bedrooms and mud-rooms. Having the ability to quickly identify necessary and unnecessary objects in a room is essential. It’s recommended that you have a basic working knowledge of furniture placement, available storage solutions, and common names for closet organizers, storage boxes, bins, as well as a list of places (online or off) where these items are available.

Average Salary

A professional organizer’s pay is dependent on his or her experience, knowledge, and skill level. For junior professional organizers, the salary is typically somewhere between $25,232 and $39,832. After 1-3 years of experience, you’re more likely to be in the range of $30,701 and $61,000. Later in your career, you can expect to earn an income between $80,000 and $100,000 – if not more. Having professional training in the subject and being dedicated to making your business a success will all work together to get you up to the higher range of income faster.

Sample Career Path

Below is a sample career path of someone looking to establish themselves as a self-employed professional organizer:

Year 1-2
Working as an assistant organizer or junior professional organizer, building a client list and getting experience.
Years 3-5
Working as an intermediate professional organizer, continuing to build client list and slowly inching up the hourly rate.
Years 6-8
Working as an experienced professional organizer, working with mainly referrals earned from your past stand-out work. Ability to charge a higher rate and earn more income with a more flexible schedule.
Years 9+
Owning your own successful business, perhaps with junior professional organizers working beneath you and taking on more of the smaller tasks, reserving your time for jobs needing your expertise.

Working Conditions

A professional organizer’s working conditions are fairly self-inflicted. As an organizer, you’ll be in charge of setting your own schedule and will likely work the first few years of your career from a home office. You’ll have to be able to work in stressful conditions and may find yourself surrounded by clutter for most of your work day. It can be a little nerve-wracking, so do your best to fight anxiety and give yourself time to cool off and unwind in the evening and over weekends!

Duties

Many people struggle with organization, particularly in their personal lives and homes. Even people who are the most organized at work can live in complete messes! Your job as an organizer is to go in and help put some order back into your clients’ lives. It might be creating a closet organizational system or it could be setting up an organizational system within an office space. Your duties will change often and will depend on the specific job at hand.

Interested in becoming a professional organizer? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at QC Design School today and learn about its Professional Organizing course. The school accepts students from around the world and allows them to study from home and at their own paces.


September 17, 2013 8:30 am

Job Description of a Makeup Artist

Makeup artistry is an exciting, challenging, and incredibly rewarding career choice. While many set forth to become makeup artists, we regularly receive questions asking what it is exactly a makeup artist does, and what sort of working conditions she or he will have. In this post, we’re happy to share with you one version of the job description of a makeup artist. We hope this information helps you in making a wise career move, and invite you to contact us at QC Makeup Academy with any questions you might have. Our friendly team of student support specialists will be more than happy to provide you with more information.professional makeup artist applies makeup to red headed woman

Education Requirements

The education requirements for a makeup artist vary based on region. In certain countries and states, you must have  cosmetology license to work as a makeup artist. Since cosmetology programs typically touch on makeup very briefly, most aspiring makeup artists find it helpful to also pursue makeup-focused training, such as the online makeup courses offered by QC Makeup Academy. Other regions require no certification or license to operate as a makeup artist. It’s best to do your research in the area in which you’re hoping to work to ensure you’re well prepared and have all necessary documentation to get started – even as a freelance artist.

Working Knowledge

As a makeup artist, you’ll be the go-to person for product recommendation, advice, and makeup tips. It’s expected that you’ll be familiar with the most popular types of both pro and drugstore makeup, have a good understanding of application techniques, and know how to use different types of makeup – think: liquid foundation, powder foundation, cream foundation, etc. You’ll also need to understand basic color theory and have the ability to match skin tones to complementary colors. The same makeup will not produce the same results on all face shapes, skin types, complexions, or skin maturities. Knowing how to create a personalized makeup application for each of your clients is essential, and will come from hands-on practice as well as theoretical training.

Average Salary

The average salary of a makeup artist is a figure that’s incredibly difficult to pinpoint, largely because there are so many variables. If you’re working freelance, you are paid per hour or per project and can work more to make more, or work less and make less. If you’re salaried, there’s a little more stability – generally between the $27,000 and $35,000 range. Working in film or for television makeup could mean making between $60,000 and $90,000 – whereas working at fashion shows, for celebrities, or for a cosmetic brand’s HQ could mean $100,000 or well above.

Sample Career Path

Below is a sample career path of someone looking to establish themselves as a self-employed makeup artist:

Year 1-2
Working as an assistant makeup artist for a more experienced makeup artist, may take on side-jobs as your skills improve and when you feel you’re ready
Years 3-5
Working as a freelance makeup artist, building reputation, building client list
Years 6-8
Working as a senior freelance makeup artist, perhaps employing your own assistant at this point
Years 9+
Employing more than one assistant or intermediate makeup artist, perhaps working for a cosmetics brand or in a consulting capacity, continuing to take on preferred projects (with more experience comes more choice)

Striking woman poses for camera with red lipstickWorking Conditions

The working conditions of a makeup artist are always changing, and are completely different from one job to the next. You could be setting up in a hotel room to get a celebrity looking their best for a red carpet appearance. You could be asked to fly to a remote location for an on-location photoshoot and have to do makeup under the hot, hot sun. You could invite clients to your at-home studio or be visiting brides at their parents’ house the morning of their weddings. What you can bet on, however, is that there will be plenty of travel! You’ll need to be able to manage your time well, work under pressure, and be able to deliver your best on a tight schedule.

Duties

A makeup artist’s duties largely involve applying makeup. This could mean makeup for someone headed to their prom, a special event, or a wedding. It could be a special event makeup, makeup for television, or makeup for photography. It could be makeup for fashion show models, performers, or character makeup for the theater. At some point in your career, you may become a “Key Makeup Artist” or “Makeup Designer” and act in more of a designing, consulting capacity rather than a hands-on application capacity. There are many different options available to you – which is fantastic, as it gives you more control over the future of your career.

Interested in a career as a makeup artist? Don’t delay. Get in touch with QC Makeup Academy today and learn about its innovative online makeup courses – available to students around the world.

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September 11, 2013 8:00 am

Job Description of an Event Planner

Pink and white party cake and treatsThe career of an event planner involves a lot of change, adapting, planning, consulting, and sometimes even chaos. While it can be incredibly glamorous and rewarding, there’s more to it than just that. In this post, we’ll be discussing the job description of an event planner and what you can expect as far as working conditions, salary, and career path go.

Education Requirements

The education requirements to be an event planner are minimal. Often, you don’t require any sort of formal training to get started in the industry. With that being said, it can be very helpful to have some training and experience prior to applying. QC Event School offers a comprehensive at-home Event Planning course that will provide you with the practical know-how and business savvy you need to stand apart from your competitors and land the job you want. Some people prefer to complete associates degrees (2-3 year college program), but it can be a little costly.

Working Knowledge

To get started in the event planning industry, it’s a good idea to have a grasp on the event planning process, current trends, and an idea of the many vendors with which an event planner works. Think: florists, caterers, entertainers, venues, decor specialists, etc. While you don’t necessarily have to have any hands-on experience to get started, it helps to have a certain level of understanding. We often suggest picking up a couple of books, tuning into a few TV shows, and talking to friends or family members who have worked with an event planner in the past.

Average Salary

The average annual salary of an event planner is typically between $45,000 and $70,000, although this largely depends on region and market demand. In entertainment hubs such as LA, NYC, London, Paris, or Tokyo, an event planner can make much, much more. The majority of event planners are paid hourly or per contract, unless they work for a corporation or hospitality business as the on-staff planner. In these cases, they’re generally salaried and receive other job perks such as benefits, vacation, and have their taxes automatically deducted by the employer.

Sample Career Path

The sample career path of an event planner is one that’s hard to really nail down, but typically looks something like this:

Year 1
Working towards professional certification
Years 2
Assisting an established event planner or working as an intern at a business in the events industry
Years 3-5
Working as a junior event planner or spending time beginning your own business and building client list
Years 6-8
Working as a senior event planner or creative director within a business, or enjoying a now more profitable business of your own with a good sized client list
Years 9+
Working in a director-type role within an event planning business or moving to a more supervisory/management role in your own business, with other employees handling much of the hands-on work

Working Conditions

The working conditions of an event planner are largely what you make them. Most event planners work out of their own homes for the beginning of their career, and rent or purchase office space later on. If you’re working for a business, it’s likely you’ll have a cubicle or small office within the hotel or business from which you’ll work. You’ll often be hitting the road to visit with vendors, meet with clients, and will have a professional event planner smiles at cameravaried and existing schedule. Much of your time will be spent on-the-go. The career of an event planner can be very stressful at times, and is not for someone who easily gets hot headed or experiences difficulty when it comes to communicating ideas or arguments.

Duties

The duties of an event planner range from meeting with prospective clients for consultations and planning an event’s purpose and layout to coordinating with vendors, managing invitee list, securing sponsorships for events and more. An event planner will often meet with a designer or printer to collaborate on programs, invitations, and other printed materials. They’ll also negotiate and secure vendors, create and work within a budget, go to tastings and decide on menu and food, manage correspondence between vendors and client, coordinate event on the day-of, keep track of all paperwork and payment due dates, and more. It’s a very involved job and requires time management skills and organization.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in event planning, start now with QC Event School. Their Event Planning course will help you get started straight away. You’ll love learning from their at-home study program, receiving your personal tutor’s audio feedback, and will be proud to display your beautiful certificate of completion.

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