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Welcome to the latest instalment in our Be Ambitious series.
Today we're spreading our wings and looking at the colourful world of
travel and tourism.
A job in travel and tourism is a hugely appealing idea - being paid
to wander the globe exploring foreign lands and experiencing different
cultures and customs. How many other industries give you the
opportunity to blur the line between work and play so effectively?
Obviously a healthy love of travel and all things travel-related is a
great start for a job in this industry. But there are other desirable
personal qualities as well. Travel is a very people-oriented industry,
so being a "people person" is pretty important. You'll also
need good communication skills and meticulous attention to detail as
this kind of work involves a lot of organising; booking flights,
tours, accommodation and organising itineraries. You'll also need good
marketing and selling skills – convincing someone exactly why a
particular destination or activity is exactly what they're looking
for. A sense of humour and engaging personality will help you here.
And let's not forget the often overlooked skill of being a good
listener and remembering people's names.
Regarding more formal qualifications, TAFE NSW's Certificate
III in Travel is an excellent starting point for anyone entering
the industry. This qualification has no entry requirements and is a
popular pathway for higher level qualifications such as the
Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced
Diploma in Travel and Tourism. The Advanced Diploma is also
available through TAFE NSW
Online flexible delivery.
In the mean time, you can always profile your own city or town as a
tourist destination in a blog or online diary. What's the best way of
getting around? Where are the best places to eat (or places to avoid)?
What's the best time of year to visit? Offer a local's perspective,
something that's always valued by travellers. And this kind of
initiative will impress potential employers and may well give you an
edge over other candidates.
Working in the travel and tourism industry can be an enormously
satisfying career path. Not only are you helping other people realise
their own travel dreams, but your work will literally take you to many
different places all over the world, effectively turning the entire
planet into your workplace. And where else can you channel the kind of
thing people usually do when they're on holidays into your day-to-day work?
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