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If you research career recommendations for high school students, you’ll see among others, recommendation that students take up a Travel and Tourism career. A lot of students who considered this choice in the past years have ended up in different courses. This may be because of the lack of knowlege as to what exactly the future jobs are for Travel and Tourism students.
In my case, the Travel and Tourism course in the local college was full, so I decided to work for a year in another field and re-apply the next fall. It so happened I liked the taste of earning money, so I never went back to take the course. Fortunately, there were many ways and opportunities to enter the industry which I found 5 years later. Here is a sampling of just some of the possible job positions that students in this field could have in the near future.
Hotels And Resorts and the Travel Agents who book them
The number one environment that people would think about when they hear you are a student of hospitality and tourism would be hotels and resorts and one wouldn’t blame them. However, your possible working environment is not limited to these two. Studying Travel and Tourism could bring you places, literally.
You could get a job as a travel agent, booking hotel rooms, airline travel, rail travel, car rentals and various vacation packages that the combination of these offers.
But in the case of hotels and resorts, there are also a number of positions that a Travel and Tourism student can have. For instance, you can be a receptionist, room service personnel, desk clerk, usher, lobby attendant, baggage porter, or a bellhop. With some experience you could be a lodging manager, operations manager, catering manager or a general manager. These are just jobs related to the lodging portion of the hotel.
Recreational positions are available too. You can be a lifeguard or skipatrol. You can also be an activities personnel, activities planner, recreational assistant, recreation therapist, gaming supervisor, spa attendant and a lot more!
Although being hospitable is not outright associated to places such as Casinos, these are actually one of the biggest industries that are in need for workers. Positions would usually include being a gaming dealer, gaming manager, bartender, waitress, hostess/greeter, pit boss, gaming host, blackjack dealer, or any other table games dealer.
Restaurants found inside casinos would also need chefs and waiting services to attend to the hungry gamblers waiting to be served.
You can also take part in any kind of social event. Positions like events planner and meeting planner are also viable. Here, your main job would be to organize whatever event it is that you are working on. Wedding planners also fall into this kind of category. You provide the program according to your clients demands. You also make sure that everything goes smoothly during the event itself.
Since Travel and Tourism and Hospitality are closely related, airlines also hire students from this field of study. You can be a flight attendant, travel and tours organizer, reservations agent, ground services agent, or check-in agent.
Another place that you can work in would be cruise ships. Just like in other places you can be a reservations agent, excursions guide, bellhop, receptionist, attendant, recreations manager, executive chef, chef, room service personnel, events manager, baggage porter, general manager, housekeeping personnel, housekeeping manager, janitor/janitress, gaming host, waiter, food and beverage director, gaming dealer, bartender, lodging manager and a lot more. Positions are basically the same; its just that you do all these jobs on a cruise ship.
You can also work in places such as museums or other establishments in which guides are needed. Positions would include: Docent, Historical Interpreter, Discovery Guide, Interpreter, Guide, Museum Docent, Science Interpreter, Museum Guide, Tour Guide or Museum Educator.
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