Due to globalisation, the travel and tourism industry is a diverse and ever expanding field with opportunities everywhere in the world. Because of this, the requirements to get travel industry jobs vary widely, and this can make the search for a job very frustrating. Below is a basic overview of some of the different jobs and some things to consider to avoid frustration. .
Things to consider
First of all, a person needs to decide which sector of the industry they are interested in, and whether they are interested in traveling themselves. Depending on the potential applicant's place of residence, the jobs available may or may not be what they are looking for.
Next, the applicant needs to consider their qualifications. For domestic work, sales experience, a degree, the ability to speak a second language, or a clean criminal record may be necessary. For foreign work, being bilingual is an advantage, as is the ability to get a work visa in the country where the applicant will be working. Some countries make this very easy. Some require an employer's sponsorship or a degree. A quick Internet search of the target country should be sufficient to find the applicable information.
Travel agencies Travel agencies will likely require previous sales experience, and some people may prefer a degree. Tour jobs Tour jobs, as a guide, assistant, or driver may require some special training, and a clean driving record, but rarely will require a degree. Hospitality Jobs in hospitality are usually entry level work, but previous experience is maybe required for certain jobs, and a clean criminal record is a requirement in many casinos and resorts, but a degree is rarely needed for non-managerial positions.
For foreign work, the jobs and requirements vary far too widely for easy summary.
As a general rule, the more developed the target country is, the higher are the qualifications required. However, more importantly, the applicant will need to find specific information for residents of their country to work legally in their target country. A quick Internet search or an inquiry to the applicant's government should provide the necessary information without much trouble.
Cruise ships and a few other jobs in tourism, such as pilots, tour guides, or volunteering work fall somewhere between the foreign and domestic categories. This is because crossing into other countries for short periods may or may not be part of the job. Therefore, a valid passport and the ability to obtain a tourist visa in various locations may be necessary. Previous experience is also generally required, as these are highly competitive positions. A degree is rarely needed for non-managerial positions though.