Secrets of the Sectors: Leisure

Secrets of the Sectors: Leisure, Sport and Tourism

The leisure, sport and tourism sector certainly offers a vast amount of job roles of individuals to choose from. Within this sector, you could work as an entertainer at a holiday park, a gym instructor, a travel agent, and so much more.

This sector covers so many job roles that it is good for those who want a customer facing role, as well as those who want a more back-of-house type of job. You can even combine the two; general management jobs are broad in this sector, and offer back-of-house tasks as well as customer-facing tasks.

Like many other sectors, roles within this field often combine with other fields. For example, hotel management crosses over with the hospitality sector. Likewise, sports and travel journalism crosses over with the media and internet sector.

If you are looking for a job within this sector, it is worth looking towards the following employers for work:

  • British Airways
  • Center Parcs
  • Flight Centre UK
  • Odeon Cinemas
  • TUI
  • Expedia
  • Fitness First

There is an abundance of other companies that you can get involved with within this field. Many roles do not require a degree, meaning you can train for the job without attending university. There is also the chance to do apprenticeships in many roles within this sector. However, it is normally essential that you possess certain character traits when working in this industry. These traits include enthusiasm, communication skills, motivational skills, language skills and more.

Points to consider

  • Long hours – Hours can be harsh in this sector. For example, as an entertainer at a holiday park, you may be required to work from early in the morning until very late at night. With this sort of job, you would have to be on your top form and highly enthusiastic all day, which can be challenging.
  • Low salaries – This will depend, however, on the size of the company that you are working for.
  • Satisfaction – It can be very satisfying to be able to put a smile on the face of others; for example by teaching them a new sport.
  • Travel – It is common to travel within this industry. For example, Camp America is hugely popular for those wanting to travel and work at the same time. Moreover, being a holiday representative or working at a hotel can require travel.
  • Seasonal – Some jobs within this sector can be seasonal, allowing you to have a break or work another job during seasonal time off.

Where should i study?

As aforementioned, a university degree is not always necessary in this field of work. However, if you do want to go to university to study a degree related to tourism, sports, or leisure, take a look at the following universities:

  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • University of Essex
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Birmingham

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