#NoWrongPath: Gary Speirs – Cruise Business Development Manager

What age did you leave school?

I left school after my sixth year at 18.

What were your thoughts on your career at that time?

Art was my passion growing up, especially portraiture. It was a subject that I excelled at academically. I completed my Advanced Higher Art in 6th year and was awarded an A. My dream was to study at The Glasgow School of Art to learn more in-depth about the subject and possibly even start my own business.

What brought you to Barrhead Travel?

I was introduced to Barrhead Travel through friends. The thought of working in the travel industry was exciting and I knew the industry would be bursting with innovation which would allow me to use my creative streak.

How have you progressed since then?

I have worked in various departments throughout my 6 years with Barrhead Travel. It was a great learning opportunity. I started in the cruise marketing department where I worked closely with the Business Development Managers to deliver inspiring and innovative marketing campaigns to our customers.

There was an opportunity to experience the product first-hand with numerous ship visits and conferences.

Following a restructure within the company, there was an opportunity for me to work in Business Development. I am now a Business Development Manager looking after the river cruise sector. My role within the organisation is to manage and build external relationships with key cruise suppliers assisting with budgets, figures, payments, timescales and deadlines whilst developing annual business plans to improve company performance.

What has been the highlight of your career?

I have had a lot of great memories over the years at Barrhead Travel. It was a decision I do not regret making. The knowledge and skills I have acquired both in business and travel are very rewarding. I have travelled to many destinations both in Europe and Asia, all through work. There is also the opportunity to further develop yourself academically. Throughout my time at Barrhead Travel I have gained additional qualifications in Business Administration. I am also completing a CMI level 3 First Line Management course.

What advice would you give someone based on your experience?

My advice is not to stress about your career path. Take each day as it comes and learn as much as you can.