Do you know The Career Quest Difference?

first_imgWritten By: Nancy W. Kist, CTC, President – Career Quest Training Center   For 17 years, Career Quest Training Center has been helping make dreams come true in the Travel Industry by teaching passionate travelers how they could open and run their own Home-Based Travel Agency. But, when it comes to travel training there are many options. What makes Career Quest stand out from the others?  Leslie Berkman, owner of New Jersey based Berkie Travel and a Career Quest graduate says “There are two things that make Career Quest different, knowing I always have an advisor a phone call away and that the materials are both online and printed text books.” Career Quest utilizes Industry recognized textbooks like Tom Ogg’s How to Run a Home-Based Travel Business and the Travel Institutes’ Travel Career Development. “The travel industry changes every year. Knowing the materials I am using are industry recognized and can always be reference guides for me continues to help me even to this day,” Berkman added.  Last year alone, 700 students graduated from Career Quest and these graduates had the opportunity to affiliate with various host agencies. Michael Cadogan, Owner of Wanderlust Tour & Cruises says, “It was a great introduction to the Travel & Leisure Industry, and I am looking forward to putting the principles you’ve taught me into practice.  Career Quest will always be part of my history.”  Career Quest Training Center was founded by Nancy Kist, CTC, a veteran of the Travel Industry. “Everyone thought the internet was going to stop consumers from turning to Travel Agents to book their travel, but they were wrong. We continue to see consumers relying on agents because of the products they can provide and the superior customer service they receive.  The traveler has found a search engine or 800 number cannot deliver the assistance for the client,” Kist said. “The Career Quest Program is designed to help not only learn the travel industry, but how to market your product, sell your product and most importantly run your own business.”  Michelle Reynolds, owner of Free Spirit Travel and another Career Quest graduate told us, “No other course, but Career Quest, asked me about business plans, marketing plans or how to insure my business would be a success. Even in my accounting classes, no one addressed these topics which have  truly helped me through my travel journey so far.”  “Customer service is our main focus.  Every day, the staff answers emails and phone calls from students and graduates looking for assistance. Career Quest not only works with individual students, they design training programs for host agency’s new-agents.  Whether- it’s helping a- student understand how to book a cruise or  how to select a host agency that meets their business model, I know that we have made a difference. “Kist remarked.  What sets Career Quest apart from other training programs is the students can progress at their own pace and set their own schedule.  This allows them to work around their job and family commitments.   Quizzes and projects throughout the program are reviewed by experienced advisors. “Our curriculum is constantly being updated. Cruise and Tour suppliers recognize the quality of our program and provide Career Quest with their instructional materials to enrich our curriculum.”   “There is no question, that if you are wanting to get started in the travel industry, launch your own business or even work at an agency, that Career Quest is who you need to call for your training,” said Leslie Berkman. “It changed my life and helped launch my business 17 years ago and I couldn’t be more happy today because of it.”  For more information on the programs Career Quest offers,  contact our office at 800-452-3198 or email us at [email protected]last_img read more

James Jakes prepared to race in Indy 500 with support of Jakesy

Dan Hope / Oller reporterOf all the teams racing in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, the one with the most ties to the Columbus area is Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.The IZOD IndyCar Series team headquarters is in Hilliard, Ohio. Graham Rahal, the son of team co-owner and 1986 Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, was born in Columbus and graduated from New Albany High School.Graham Rahal’s popularity in his hometown may be rivaled, however, by his teammate James Jakes.Jakes, a British driver in his third IndyCar season and first with Rahal Letterman Lanigan, has gained popularity thanks to a dedicated, Columbus-based fan following who call themselves “Jakesy Nation.”Joey Recktenwald, president of “Jakesy Nation” and a Columbus resident, said the group began in 2011 when he and some friends decided to team up and choose one driver to root for. They chose Jakes, who was an IndyCar rookie at the time.Those 8 to 10 friends have grown into Jakes’ unofficial fan club. Their popularity is growing, as the group’s Twitter feed, @JakesyNation, has more than 1,000 followers, and it also has its own website and Facebook page.Jakes often interacts with “Jakesy Nation,” and the fan club designed a helmet which Jakes used during an IndyCar race last season. On Monday, Jakes autographed and returned the helmet to his supporters at a media luncheon. The fan club also hosted a birthday party for Jakes, which the driver attended, during the weekend of IndyCar’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last August.“It’s awesome, I can’t thank those guys enough,” Jakes said of “Jakesy Nation.” “It’s great to have them on board, and great to see them at races and enjoying themselves.”Dru Delaforet, who graduated from Ohio State in 2009 with a degree in communications and received his master’s degree in English education from OSU in 2011, is the head blogger for “Jakesy Nation.” He called the interaction between the group and Jakes “great.”“He’s really nice to us,” Delaforet said. “Sometimes we don’t even expect some of the things that he does for us, and how much he interacts with us. I think he just really appreciates the support, and he knows that when he wins a race, because he has yet to win a race … that we will go nuts and we will be there for him.”The members of “Jakesy Nation” attend multiple races annually, one of which is the Indy 500. One of the group’s traditions at Indianapolis each year is a rib cook-off named in honor of Willy T. Ribbs, who became the first African American driver to compete in an Indy 500 in 1991.“We just did it because of the name, because his last name was Ribbs,” Delaforet said. “We’re trying to get him to come to the Willy T. Ribbs cook-off this time.”Another tradition stems from the initiation process into the fan club. When a new member joins, he or she is expected to wear a penguin head and a yellow apron at their first race.“You’ve got to wear the penguin head and the apron at least the first day,” Delaforet said. “Usually people end up just wearing it the whole weekend, because it gets you a lot of attention. It’s like a really frilly, yellow apron so all these girls want pictures of you, everybody just ends up wearing it the whole weekend.”James Irwin, the group’s self-proclaimed “beauty,” went through the initiation process during his first race, and said it was the “most incredible experience.”Irwin said “Jakesy Nation” is the best fan club in IndyCar.“No doubt about it. Clearly the best,” Irwin said. “We have the most fun and we support our racer better than anyone at the track.”While the group has grown, Recktenwald said they have not changed much from when they were just a few friends attending races.“It’s not like we’ve had to go above and beyond to change our regular tradition,” Recktenwald said. “Now, there’s people that are coming over introducing themselves and saying they want to join up with us, so everywhere we go, we’re meeting new people, which is fun.”Recktenwald hopes the club helps generate more popularity for IndyCar racing in Columbus.“It’s fun for us because Mid-Ohio (located in Lexington, approximately 60 miles from Columbus) is so close, and we’re three hours from Indianapolis,” Recktenwald said. “There’s enough around here that if we can try and build a buzz for it, there’s teams to follow and drivers to follow and tracks that are close enough that we can get to them.” read more