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A travel and tourism course offers vocational training for the industry and helps you develop strong business management and communication skills, broadening your job prospects
Jobs directly related to your course include:
- Holiday representative
- Tour manager
- Tourism officer
- Tourist information centre manager
- Travel agency manager
Jobs where your course would be useful include:
- Customer service manager
- Event organiser
- Hotel manager
- Marketing executive
- Outdoor activities/education manager
Remember that many employers accept applications from students with any subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Gain as much practical experience as possible. Part-time and voluntary opportunities can be combined with your current study. It may be a good idea to work evenings or weekends in a hotel, travel agency or visitor attraction.
You could also consider summer work experience or spending time working abroad. This could include working at holiday or theme parks, in a resort or at summer camps abroad. You could also purchase a student railcard and travel through Europe, widening your cultural knowledge and language abilities.
Consider looking at relevant short courses, such as TESOL or TEFL, which may present opportunities to work abroad teaching English language skills..
The travel and tourism sector comprises many different industries and sub-industries, including services such as retail travel, currency exchange, tour operators and tourist boards. It also covers passenger transport including coach, aviation, rail and waterways, and visitor attractions such as museums, theme parks, zoos and heritage sites.
A wide range of accommodation services also falls within this category, including hotels and holiday parks. Associated with hotels and core business operations are conferences and events, which provide considerable all-year-round employment opportunities.
Skills for your CV
Travel and tourism graduates gain knowledge about products, structures and operations within the tourism industry, learning about tour operators, airlines, hotels and tourist boards.
Through a combination of vocational and academic study you learn about the relationships between consumers and the providers of tourism services, and about the issues relating to sustainability and social responsibility within tourism.
The course also equips you with a range of transferable skills, including:
- IT skills;
- research and communication skills;
- presentation skills;
- teamwork; and
- the ability to work to deadlines.
Specific in-house training is likely to be available within the industry and is often encouraged to enhance promotion prospects and knowledge of particular issues.
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