For five years I have been an on-site trainer traveling all alone 80% of the time. This has been great experience, but I was looking for a change of pace without leaving my coworkers or my company (since good coworkers are much more valuable than many other things).
My division recently opened a new type of position in Sales and the job description featured all of the extra things I do for my coworkers above and beyond my position so I was a shoe-in. Now I’ll be classified as 60% travel instead of 80% (which doesn’t sound like much, but I think it’s more like 25%-80% which means some months I’ll probably only make a couple trips).
I’m not sure the full details of the travel, but some aspects are much nicer:
- All of my expenses just have to follow my company’s guidelines instead of various client policies
- I’ll most likely always travel with at least 1 other person which means less dining alone
- I’m sure the sales guys will always pick up the tab so that will decrease the credit card points I get from meals which is a downer, but right now meals contribute very little to my points.
- I’m hoping that I will be flying home mid-day instead of on the last flight of the night which means I can actually make plans on Friday nights again.
- We are doing a lot of work internationally right now so I should get to go to more places since I’ll be the only one in this division.
- I hopefully never have to open MS Project again (but I do need to learn Visio)
Since I’ll be in Sales I do need to upgrade my wardrobe, but if Sales meet their goals the compensation will make up for any clothing purchases. I do need to check out Corporette and Road Warriorette to make sure I’m doing this whole business wardrobe right.