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Is a Career in Tourism Right for You?

Tourism is a rapidly growing industry. It’s exciting, ever-evolving, and incredibly important not only for BC’s economy but also for social and cultural reasons. It is incredibly rewarding to work in an industry that brings people together from all over the world. But how do you know if a job in tourism is for you? Read on to find out if you have any of the qualities that would make you a great fit for this career!

You’re a people person

Tourism and hospitality jobs are mostly service-oriented and require you to interact with people on a daily basis. Though the types of jobs available within this industry are vast, they usually have one common goal: to provide an exceptional experience. This can mean designing a dream vacation, providing someone with the best hotel stay of their life or planning an important event. You will need people skills to deal with clients but also to work well with your co-workers, so communication is key! If you thrive in customer service roles, tourism could be a great industry for you!

You like to keep your options open

Because of the wide variety of tourism positions out there, you have the option to switch jobs throughout your career without ever leaving the industry. There are actually five sectors of tourism: accommodation, transportation, travel services, recreation and entertainment, and food and beverage services. Experience in any of these sectors will help you build the skills necessary to work in another one. For example, the customer service and organizational skills you gain through working at a hotel could easily transfer to work on a cruise ship or on a train such as the Rocky Mountaineer. Not only that, but your potential is basically unlimited if you want to move up within the same company. Many people who start in entry-level positions in restaurants and hotels are able to work their way up to management positions as they gain experience and prove their abilities over time.

You thrive in fast-paced environments

When you’re working in the service industry, everything is happening in the moment. Greeting guests, giving a tour, offering services over the phone; there is always something that needs to be attended to. If excitement is what you need in your career, tourism’s got it! The ability to multitask while maintaining your cool and staying organized is an essential skill for most of the jobs available in tourism and hospitality. This can be challenging but is also extremely rewarding at the end of the day.

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You aren’t a fan of the 9-5 grind

The fact that many jobs in tourism don’t require you to work 9-5 Monday to Friday hours can be seen as a benefit or a drawback, depending on your preference. If you don’t enjoy early mornings, function better in the evening, or prefer to have some weekdays off, you might enjoy this sort of schedule. Imagine being able to go to a mostly-empty gym on a Monday afternoon or avoiding long lineups at your favourite store because everyone else is at work? It’s truly the best. Many people in tourism and hospitality jobs enjoy the fact that while others are at their 9-5 on a weekday, they can be on the beach instead. However, this does mean that when it comes to weekends, you may then be the one at work. But depending on what sort of lifestyle suits you, working weekends may be no big deal. And remember, not ALL jobs in tourism have wacky hours. Many jobs that are more behind-the-scenes such as those in marketing or finance may still find themselves a cozy 9-5.

You want to learn more about the world

Working in hospitality and tourism gives you the opportunity to meet people from all around the world. This includes both the customers you serve, and the people you work with. This is how you will be able to get to know people from all walks of life. Sometimes your job may actually allow you to visit other countries, whether as part of the job itself or because of an awesome discount offered to you because of your role.

Do you have any of the qualities that would make you a great fit for tourism?

Contact CTC to find out more about ourĀ travel and tourism programs or attend our next open house at the Vancouver or Surrey campus on Thursday, March 12th at 4pm. Click here to register!


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