Jake Hower, ACTE’s 3 Under 33 and TIME Graduate

Graduating with TIME and quickly snapped up as one of ACTE’s exclusive 3 Under 33, Jake Hower tells e-Travel Blackboard why Richard Branson would be his top travel buddy and why taking action is his number one advise to all travel peers.

When and why did you join the industry?

2004, I fell into a Travel & Tourism Course after finishing year 12. At the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so just picked a course that looked interesting. After 6 months it appeared the course wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be. As luck would have it, I was doing work experience at the time and was offered a job as a result. I jumped at the opportunity. The funny thing is that if I wasn’t offered the job at the time I would have dropped out of the travel course. It was the best decision I’ve made and the knock on effects it has had to both my career and me as a person have been substantial.

What do you like most about your job?

The constant change. I loved being challenged and have a thirst for information. I tend to go stale and loose interest once I feel I’ve conquered something. I’ve not had this feeling in the 8 years I’ve worked in travel. Every day I come into the office I learn something new.

You were recently selected as one ACTE’s ‘3 Under 33’ is a major achievement at such a young age, what advice do you give other people in the industry hoping to get ahead?

Be pro-active. If you want something just go for it. The travel industry is screaming out for tomorrow’s leaders. As a result so many doors open for you if you set your mind to whatever challenge is facing you.

What’s the best advice ever given to you and who gave it?

Forget perfection, just take action. It you wait for perfection you’ll never get anything done.

I’ve heard this or something similar from so many successful people. It really sunk home for me coming from James’ Schramko, who has had very successful careers in the car and marketing/business growth industries. He has been a mentor of sorts for me over the last few years.

As well as the 3 Under 33, you were also a graduate in the TIME program, would you ever consider becoming a mentor in the program and why?

Yes, I would. I found the TIME program very beneficial. I gained so much from it. It really exceeded all of my expectations. One of the unique benefits of the program is that it’s tailored to meet the needs of each individual mentee, meaning the learning opportunities are endless. I would recommend the program to anyone who is looking to progress their career.

I would certainly consider becoming a mentor on the program myself, and would love to be able to pass on the limited amount of knowledge I’ve accumulated from my time in the industry, if someone was to find value from it.

I can also see that a mentor role would benefit me greatly also. You learn so much just from listening to people. Mentoring programs like TIME offer great support systems – giving people the guidance they need to take that next career step.

Who do you admire and see as a role model in the travel industry?

There are so many people I admire for different reasons. For me personally, I’d have to say my first boss, John Daniels, has had the biggest impact, I learnt so much about the travel industry from him. It gave me a solid foundation for building a career within the industry.

From an overall perspective, I love the Flight Centre story. They’ve achieved a huge amount over time and are responsible for blooding so many people into industry.

What destinations are on your travel bucket list?

A tough one. I don’t really have a bucket list, as I’ve enjoyed every place I’ve been to. Just put me on a plane and send me anywhere.

Having said that, I can’t wait to get to Burgundy, in France.

What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?

I was lucky enough to enjoy my 21st birthday at Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. We enjoyed sunset drinks at the top of the highest point of the park with the sounds of African animals, followed by dinner in a boma (outdoor BBQ area).
It was surreal.

What are three things you always take with you when travelling?

Phone, mostly for maps and destination information. Kindle, for reading on the flight and at night. Wallet, for obvious reasons.

Name someone famous you’d like to travel with and a destination you’d like to go with them.

Richard Branson, to Necker Island.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Nahrain John
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