How do I get into the industry?
Now you have decided that the Travel and Tourism industry is an industry you would like to join, the next question is how?
There are many ways to join the industry but before you race off to enrol in a course, look at the various sectors and jobs and narrow your selection to those jobs that appeal to you.
Ask as many people as possible friends, family, the local travel agency, teachers and career counsellors what they know about the travel industry; read about the industry in the media; the travel industry media; careers websites – nothing beats researching first.
Some jobs in travel require specific level qualifications and these are explained in our Education and training career pathways map.
Some roles recognise prior experience or skills gained in other industries e.g. customer service, accounting, I.T., having travelled extensively, an in-depth knowledge of one region of the world.
Whatever jobs appeal to you, remember the travel industry offers the opportunity to up skill and move around. Be realistic that it may take time to be the CEO, so look at entry level jobs, but keep your eye on where you want to eventually specialise.
You have now completed your training, undertaken research and have a plan – so where are the jobs?
Read on to explore the many ways to start your search, read some success stories, or read our CV writing tips.