The world is a more accessible place than ever before. More and more of us are taking advantage of cheap flights and new routes to discover new places and cultures. Jobs in travel and tourism are also increasingly appealing. If you fancy travelling as part of your job, or you have an interest in hospitality or tourism, here are some tips to help you get your foot in the door.
Work hard and consider additional study
If you’re at school or college, and you know what you want to do, make sure you choose the right subjects and work hard. Focus on your studies and do some research to find out what kinds of qualifications you need to land your dream job. Sometimes, school or college level qualifications may be sufficient. In other cases, you may need to do additional courses or advanced training.
If you know you need certain grades, work as hard as you can to make sure you achieve your goals. Take your time with each assignment, and ensure you research diligently. Before you start writing anything, devote some time to perfecting your essay structure. If you’re working on your dissertation, for example, you need to plan carefully to avoid repeating yourself. Once you have a thorough plan, you’ll find it much easier to write your thesis. Make sure you’ve done all your research before you start planning. If you add bits in as you’re writing, your essay may become muddled. Once you’ve passed your exams and got the required grades, you can start planning the next step.
Have you already been through college? Are you considering a change of career? If so, don’t dismiss travel and tourism just because you don’t have the relevant qualifications. It’s usually possible to apply for college courses or even do evening classes if you have another job. Find out what kinds of options are available to you.
Look out for opportunities and network
Many companies offer work experience or internships. You can apply online or contact agencies directly to ask about potential openings. If there isn’t anything available at the moment, ask recruiters to keep your details on record. Search online for websites that employers use to advertise internships and keep tabs on networking events. Keep your eyes peeled for information about student exhibitions or careers conventions. These kinds of events can often be very helpful and informative. You can find out more about the types of jobs that are out there, and register your details with potential employers.
Networking is an effective way to build up your contact list and find out about openings before others. Attending events can also help you to build confidence.
If you’re starting to look for jobs, it’s essential to be prepared. Make sure your CV is up to date and look for hints online to help you create a compelling cover letter. Send out your CV to some companies and recruitment agencies, which specialise in travel and tourism.
Preparing for interviews
Interviews are daunting at the best of times, especially if you haven’t had a proper job interview before. Try and remain calm and keep composed. Breathe deeply, and give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. Dress smartly, but make sure you feel comfortable. Select an outfit the night before, so that you’re not rushing around on the morning of your interview. Maintain good posture, and smile. Engage in eye contact with the panel.
If you’ve been asked to prepare a presentation for your interview, jot down some notes and rehearse over and over again. Ask a friend or relative to listen to your offering and provide feedback. Create a handout to accompany your presentation, and avoid reading straight from your paper. By all means, look down for prompts, but try not to be over-reliant on your notes. Always do your research before you go into an interview. Find out more about the company and what it does. Read the job description carefully. Have facts and figures to hand. Try and think about the kinds of questions you may be asked and come up with responses. Speak slowly and clearly and inject some personality and passion. If you get asked a tough question, take your time to form an answer.