Karen Ray - Corporate Consultant

For as long as she can remember, Karen has always wanted to work in the travel industry.  “It all really started with my grandparents,” she says with a laugh. “They were quite adventurous and went to Egypt, Spain and other parts of Europe and that gave me a real sense of curiosity about the world and a desire to see more of it. My dad was a musician and he also travelled a lot.”
So when she left school, Karen went to college and did the IATA Travel & Tourism Diploma, which she loved. “I especially loved learning all the codes for the different airports,” she says. After she finished the course, her uncle heard an ad on the radio for The Travel Broker in Clontarf. They were looking for new staff; she sent in her CV and got the job!
“Two of us started at the same time as Clare wanted one person for corporate and one person for leisure,” says Karen. “I spent a week working in leisure and then Clare transferred me to corporate and I’ve worked on that side of things ever since.”
Karen is very clear in what she likes about Corporate Travel. “Corporate clients know exactly what they want. It’s very structured. You build a good relationship with your clients and you get to know their specific requirements, even down to where they like to seat on a flight, in some cases!”
“Clare taught me so much about the travel business and corporate travel in particular. I was only 18 and eager to learn everything about the industry.”
After five years, Karen left The Travel Broker and did in-house travel for a tech company for three years and then she decided to be a stay-at-home mum and look after her two children, Ellen and Sean. “One day, Clare called me up and asked me would I help her out two days a week for a few months,” Karen says. “And that was over three years ago!” 

Call Karen on 01 833 6024 or email her directly here

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