If you love to travel and entertain, you could find yourself quite at home working for hospitality and tourism organizations. Areas where you may want to seek employment are with councils for travel, travel agencies, travel associations and tour operators.
While starting a career with a travel association only requires a high school diploma, the field can be very competitive. The following types of training will help you get to where you want to go faster:
1. Obtaining a bachelor's degree or certificate in hospitality or tourism management;
2. Taking additional courses in a specific area of travel, such as ecotourism;
3. Traveling extensively, especially if you wish to work for international tourism organizations.
Look for schools that offer travel and tourism organizations education and trainingEnrolling in a degree program can help you discover if travel association employment is really your calling. You can spend four years on a bachelor's degree or start working in the field sooner with a certificate program that takes two years or less.
Research travel and tour organizations and choose a specialtyInstead of targeting all travel and tourism organizations to obtain employment, specialize to make yourself more marketable. You can do this by taking more targeted travel courses through travel association training centers.
Book a few trips through travel organizations to learn how the process worksOne of the best ways to become a well-rounded travel professional is, of course, to travel. Booking your trips through a travel organization will teach you about the customer experience and also help you get an idea of what you would change once you start working.
- Before you decide to train to work for travel organizations, keep in mind that most positions entail an extensive amount of time away from home. Though it may sound exciting at first, it can become difficult if you wish to settle down and start a family.