The leisure and tourism industry has a wide variety of roles that require different levels of qualification. There are jobs available following each level of education for people looking to get into the sector. It is unlikely that you will need to have studied a particular subject to get a job in the leisure industry, although it is likely that you will have to display strong aptitude for dealing with people and have a commitment to the industry. After a Bachelors Degree There are many graduate jobs available in the leisure and tourism sector. Some of the biggest graduate employers include:
- Hotels:Marriott, De Vere Group, InterContinental Hotels Group
- Travel:Tui Travel, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Expedia UK
Within these companies there are various different graduate roles, the majority of which will be business focused. They may include:
Graduate programmes give you a structured pattern of work, set goals to reach, and often offer the chance of a permanent job after the completion of your scheme. Schemes are likely to last between 18 months and two years.
Some schemes, such as that offered by De Vere Group, combine separate areas - the De Vere programme consists of marketing, sales and finance, for example For graduate schemes in leisure or tourism, for example those offered by Marriott or Thomas Cook, any good quality degree will suffice.
Graduate jobs in leisure and tourism can offer good salaries, clear career progression and wide opportunities for learning. Most employers will ask for a 2.1.
Not all graduates choose to take up graduate schemes in this sector, however. Some jobs within the sector that may require a specific degree or qualification may include holiday resort chefs or childcare co-ordinators.
Other degrees or skills that could be beneficial for your career in leisure and tourism include events management or business.