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Undertake a conservation or community placement worldwide from two weeks plus. Look after rescued sloths in Costa Rica, monitor lemurs in Madagascar,
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Volunteering and internship placements – conservation, community, healthcare, journalism and more. Fiji, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Thailand, India, K
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Take part in a gap year placement from two weeks to six months. Volunteer in conservation, teaching or community projects around the globe or combine
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Take part in an internship placement from two weeks to six months. Work in journalism, conservation, teaching, community development or a range of oth
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location_icon_blackMalaysian Borneo, Nepal, Tanzania, Nicaragua & Costa Rica
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Make a difference volunteering overseas for 4, 5, 7 or 10 weeks. Work on sustainable development and adventure projects.
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The 11 week Watersports Instructor Training will give you the qualifications necessary to embark on a career in the watersports industry.
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UKSA’s Superyacht Hospitality Training provides aspiring yacht stewards, stewardesses and cooks with the skills to deliver exceptional standards.
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UKSA’s six week Superyacht Crew Training course is the ideal entry route into the industry.
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UKSA’s all-inclusive 14-week Professional Yachtmaster course will equip you with the training, preparation and practical experience.
About Us: Distinctly Deutschland is Germany's premier operator for bespoke luxury travel in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We orchestrate highly personalized, privately-guided travel adventures for our discerning clients that include …
We operate from Sunderland in the glorious North East of England, providing travel expertise to thousands of people each year. Join us and see your career take off with a company that cares about its people. Who are we? Hays Travel Ltd is a travel …
Our business is about creating unique, memorable and rewarding visitor experiences, achieved through the passion and dynamism of our teams, and having a unique portfolio of iconic brands. We are aiming to become the worldwide leader in branded, locat…
The people at Dorchester Collection are many things, but customers who visit our hotels always leave with lasting memories – and they want to come back. We are the ultimate hotel management company, and we continue to attract, develop and ins…
Explore a world of opportunity A career with British Airways isn't all about being in the air as a pilot or one of our cabin crew. We have over 40,000 people in all kinds of roles and business areas, all going above and beyond to deliver our…
Value Added Travel, a trading name of Luxury Holidays To Ltd, was established in 2004. Since then, the company has been growing steadily by 30% each year and is not offering a vast range of holiday types including: Cruises, Tours, Multi-centre …
HELPING YOU FIND A CAREER IN Travel and Leisure and Tourism

Travel and leisure and tourism graduates have some of the most enviable careers in the world - the ability to travel, and to think about travel even when they're not, is a dream for most people. If you're lucky enough to be pursuing graduate travel and leisure and tourism jobs, you've come to the right place. Time to turn that wanderlust into a reality...

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How much can I earn as a Travel Agent?
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As a trainee on a graduate scheme, you can be expected to be paid a very reasonable wage. The average wage amongst the top 100 graduate recruiters in 2016/17 is £30,000. The average starting salary for graduates not on structured schemes is between £19,000 and £22,000.

For specific non-graduate scheme jobs you should expect to be paid the following:
  • Hotel manager: £21,000 - £40,000
  • Travel agency branch manager: £15,000 - £45,000
  • Leisure centre manager: £15,000 - £35,000
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What qualifications do I need to be a Travel Agent?
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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:
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Advertising
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.
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What skills do I need to be a Travel Agent?
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Working in the leisure and tourism sector is often customer facing, which means that a variety of skills are essential. They include:
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Positivity and optimism
  • Diplomacy and negotiation
  • Tact and consideration
  • Presentation
There are also other important skills that you will need to display, especially if you are in a management role or on a graduate scheme in this industry:
  • Leadership
  • Forward planning
  • Teamwork
  • Organisation
It is also important to have a strong commercial awareness, as well as knowledge of business and of the market that you are working within - both with regards to the consumer and competitors within the industry. The value of sustainable tourism and green business is increasingly important, so the ability to make everything you do ethical and to have an awareness of the wider environmental and social implications is also vital.
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What experience do I need to get a job in Travel Leisure and Turism?
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Whilst set work experience placements are unlikely to be a strict requirement for a job in this sector, showing that you have organised some work experience in a hotel or similar will help you stand out to employers. Working in a bar or a restaurant also shows that you are willing to work hard and have some awareness of the industry.
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