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Travel and Leisure and Tourism School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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Are you passionate about travelling? How would you like to use your travel experience and interest to help people enjoy their holidays, or even to get paid to visit other parts of the world?Travel, leisure and tourism

The travel, leisure and tourism industry is all about having fun and enjoying a new experience. Whether you're working in your local tourist information centre, or at a holiday resort overseas, it'll be your job to make sure people have what they need to enjoy their holiday.

What’s it all about? TOP ^

It's a huge sector in the UK, covering everything from booking flights to conducting tours. You can also work overseas as a guide or resort representative, giving you a great chance to see another part of the world while expanding your skills in this industry.

The Institute of Travel and Tourism is a professional organisation that supports people who work in this industry with training and networking opportunities. If you're thinking about going to university, check out ITT's list of universities that offer travel and tourism degrees.

In this industry, there's a lot of flexibility in where you can work. You can be based in an office in the UK, working at a resort, or travelling with a group of tourists. It can be demanding work as you'll usually have to handle customer queries and complaints, keep track of a lot of paperwork, and hours will often go beyond 9-5 if you're involved with events or tours. Because tourism itself changes based on the time of year, seasonal jobs are available. You'll usually need to dress smartly or wear a company uniform.

What will I earn? TOP ^

Tourism officers start off with a salary around £16,000, which can increase to over £20,000 with experience. Resort representatives earn from £12,000-£16,000. Trainee travel agents can make around £12,000, increasing to £20,000-£30,000 in senior roles.

Where can I work? TOP ^

You don't necessarily need a degree to get a job in this industry, but it does help to have at least five GCSEs at grades C or higher (including ones in Maths and English) - you can even get a GCSE in Travel and Tourism.

There are a variety of apprenticeships available in the travel and tourism industry - check them out at www.apprenticeships.org.uk. However, many employers will be happy to take you on straight from school and train you up.

Some areas you could work in include travel agents, tourism offices, guide companies and hotels and restaurants.

What skills will in travel, leisure and tourism? TOP ^

Because most of the jobs in the travel, leisure and tourism industry involve working with people, customer service skills will come in very handy. That combined with a real enthusiasm for what you do will go a long way in motivating both you and the people you work with. Most jobs will require basic computer knowledge, as well as familiarity with the city, region, etc you're promoting.

Working in the leisure and tourism sector is often customer facing, which means that a variety of skills are essential. They include:

What entry level jobs can I do in travel, leisure and tourism? TOP ^

The travel, leisure and tourism industry is a massive provider of jobs in the UK and abroad. There are plenty of openings for school leavers, from working for a travel agency in customer service or sales, to becoming a tour leader or guide.

Some entry level travel, leisure and tourism jobs include:

  • Travel agent
  • Tour guide
  • Waiter/chalet manager
  • Holiday rep
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