TravelPerk has helped pave the way for a major revolution in the corporate travel world. Headquartered in Barcelona, with offices in London and Berlin, they are causing quite the shake up. They offer a technology-based solution to business’ biggest unsolved problem — business travel. We were lucky enough to help grow their team, so we caught up with Berlin-based team member Janek Wolski to learn more about his experience so far.
How did your career start?
My background is hotel management and I started with hands-on experience within the industry. After that, I made a switch to consumer sales with Secret Escapes. I moved up very quickly from Junior Sales Manager to Senior, and then to Team-Lead. The last couple of years at Secret Escapes were management, and then I got an offer from a direct competitor which I couldn’t decline, so I moved over to Amsterdam. There were a few things that I didn’t feel comfortable with, so I resigned and was thankfully approached by ACELR8 for TravelPerk.
Why sales at TravelPerk?
It’s a challenge every day, with a tangible outcome. Here at TravelPerk, we have the freedom to be out there getting to know our clients and selling our product. Every day I’m learning something new and devouring lots of information. If I have a call in the morning, I can use that piece of information for a call in the afternoon which is super interesting.
What’s your typical morning routine?
I usually wake up around 7:30 am, do 10 minutes of meditation, followed by 10 minutes of press-ups/pull-ups. This totally clears my mind and invigorates me for the day. I then whack on some jazz and make my breakfast, usually cereal with yoghurt and fruit. Then have my morning coffee at our office.
What book has had the biggest impact on your career?
Definitely not one of those self-help books, haha! My favourite book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. That book, in general, has a lot of values you can live by, like not taking yourself too seriously and that you need people around you to achieve greatness.
How do these values translate into your work at TravelPerk?
I’m not a person that knows everything, so I am very transparent with my clients and colleagues. I love asking a lot of questions and being relaxed in a situation. If you transmit that as learning with a client, and not as a weakness it helps create trust.
What is on your playlist at work?
Normally I don’t listen to music in the office but if I work from home, it would be music without vocals, generally classical music.
What would you suggest to someone seeking a new job?
Being open to options and situations. Not saying no to opportunities, and get stuck into conversations.
Want to join Janek at TravelPerk in Berlin or Barcelona? Contact Georgia.