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Career advancement with all that travel

By gwtech ·
Are you a consultant who travels for work?

I work for a software company, that makes some very useful software, in my opinion. I implement the software or use the software to help our clients troubleshoot problems. However, I travel quite a bit to do this. And it's getting a little tiring. Sometimes, it's hard to plan next week because I may have to travel last minute across the country.

Also, I am not at the main site, located in another state. So if I am not travelling, I work from home. I am not sure how best to ensure that I am able to advance in this role.

I'm interested to hear the thoughts of those who are or were in this of role, and how you handle it. What did you do to move up the ladder? How do/did you handle the travel?


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It can get to be a drag

by mjd420nova In reply to Career advancement with a ...

During the 80's and 90's I spent at least one day a week out of state. My territory covered the 11 western states and Alaska. I always tried to plan the travel at the beginning of the week, in an attempt to be home for the weekends, but it wasn't always possible. Emergency callouts were the pits, and never really seemed to be worth the hassle. Many years I racked up over 100K miles in rentacars, and an expense account tallies over $250K a year. Eventually I was able to work out of the position and get assigned to just a metro area. Many flights became regular weekly things and I got to know many pilots and stewardesses by first name. I carried liquid nitrogen for my instruments and they had to have special handling and final approval by the pilot to take on board. My return flights became so common place that my wife was able to time her arrivals with the car on the first loop thru baggage just as I got my stuff to the curb. That alone is three quarters of the hassle. Moving up or out of that position is difficult as the better job you do, the more management relies on you, eventually you become the go to person and customers request just you. Training others is the first step and getting them aquainted with the customer is foremost. Then you can begin to get management to send others. Good luck.

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