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Career Options: Tourism

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Overview

Graduates typically pursue positions in a wide range of tourism, hospitality, leisure and events industries, as well as in government agencies and other associated services. They may work in hotel and resort management, tourism destination planning, ecotourism, sports tourism, visitor management, international destination marketing, and theme parks or other tourist attractions.

According the Australia Bureau of Statistics, tourism is contributing over $115 million a day to the Australian economy and is outpacing other growth industries such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Accommodation; air, water and other transport; other retail trade; and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services continue to be the most significant tourism related industries. Combined, these industries account for 57.1% of direct tourism gross value added in 2012-13.

International Tourism graduates are employed in a range of different occupations and industries including:

Hospitality: Cruise ships, hotels, clubs and casinos, bars and restaurants

Government: government policy and planning, environmental management, visitor information centres, tourism authorities - national, state and regional, research and education.

Attractions: natural sites, natural events, cultural site and events.

Travel agencies and travel marketing: retail and wholesale.

Conference and event management: professional conferencing organising, special events, conventions and exhibitions.

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Employment prospects and starting salaries

Weekly average earnings in 2014

Weekly avergage earnings for Tourism graduates in 2014

Image source: U & Your Future SCU.

Job openings in 2014

Job openings in 2014 for Tourism graduates

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Where do SCU Tourism graduates go?

Below is a sample of recent employers and position titles for our Tourism graduates. Note that employers and positions are sorted separately in alphabetical order below - they are not matched lists.

Sample of employers Sample of position titles
Accor Hotels Administration Assistant
Cronulla RSL Memorial Club Ltd Assistant Front Office Manager
Crowne Plaza Assistant Manager
Corporate Venue and Event Management Barista/Waitress/Shop Manager
DC Conferences Business Development Coordinator
Essen Restaurant and Beer Cafe Café Owner
Four Points Hotel by Sheraton Central Reservations Systems Sales Associate
Four Seasons Hotel And Resorts Chef
Getset Inc Club All Rounder
Hallmark Aviation Services Conference Administrator
Hamilton Island Enterprises Conference Assistant
Hayman Conference Attendant
Hilton Hotel Sydney Corporate Hospitality/Sales Executive
Hurstville Dance and Function Centre Customer Service Agent
IHG Customer Service Representative
Insight Marketing Director
Jetstar Gold Coast Titans Duty Manager
Kiama Bowling and Recreation Club Education Consultant
Mercure Hotels Employment Services Cadet
Pacific Islands Club Event Assistant
Park Hyatt Sydney Event Service Executive
Parkroyal Events Assistant Account Co-Ordinator
Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Events Coordinator
Pinnacle People Hospitality Events Manager
Quay West Suites Executive Assistant
Radisson Blu Hotels and Resorts Executive Butler
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Executive Lounge Attendant
Rydges World Square Sydney Finance Clerk
Scotiabank Conventions Centre Food and Beverage Attendant
Skyreach Education Advisory Limited Food and Beverage Supervisor
Spotless Food And Beverage Team Leader
Starwood Hotels And Resorts Front Office Assistant Manager
Swissôtel Sydney Front Office Manager
TAFE NSW Front Office Supervisor
The Hotel School Sydney Function Attendant/Promotions
The Menzies Hotel Sydney General Manager
Toga Hospitality Guest Service Officer
University Club of Western Australia Guest Services Agent
Voyagers Ayers Rock Resort Head Bar Tender
Watermark Hotel and Spa Gold Coast Hotel Property Manager
Westin Sydney Hotel Hotel Receptionist, Accommodation Manager
Housekeeping Supervisor
Human Resources Officer
In Room Dining Coordinator
Information Officer
International Flight Attendant
Junior Personal Assistant
Kitchen Steward Supervisor
Lecturer
Management Trainee
Manager
Marketing And Events Manager
Marketing Assistant
Marketing Consultant
Meetings Coordinator
National Events And Sponsorship Manager
Night Auditor
Night Manager
Operation Manager
Overseas Education Advisor
Partnership Broker
Porter
Promotions Co-Ordinator
Property Manager
Receptionist
Relay For Life Coordinator
Research Assistant
Reservations Coordinator
Reservations Manager
Reservations Sales Agent
Resident Manager
Restaurant Manager
Restaurant Supervisor
Room Service Supervisor
Sales And Administration Coordinator
Sales And Marketing Assistant
Secretary Manager
Senior Administration Manager
Senior Coordinator, Venue Operations
Senior Sales Executive
Service Attendant
Teacher
Teacher Tourism And Events
Tourism Officer
Travel Agent
Travel Consultant
Vocational Educational Training Consultant
Waiter

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Graduate and vacation programs

Graduate programs are formal programs, usually offered by government departments and large companies. They are designed to attract new graduates and feature structured on-the-job training and development. Graduate programs often close applications 12 months prior to the job starting. This means you may need to apply for these roles as early as February/March in your final year of study.

Vacation programs are usually paid, short-term contracts of 6-8 weeks. They are typically offered to students in their penultimate year of study. Peak advertising times are July and August of each year and most vacation programs take place in the summer vacation period (December-February). Undertaking a vacation program may improve your chances of being short-listed for graduate programs or roles.

Bookmark the following sites for centralised listings of vacation, internship and graduate programs.

Also monitor relevant company websites for additional information and opportunities.

You can connect with other students and search for questions and answers on a number of graduate programs at the Graduate Programs Whirlpool Forums.

Below is a sample list of tourism graduate program opportunities:

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Targeting potential employers

General and specialist job search websites are listed below. These can be used to source currently advertised roles and can also be used to create your personal database of potential employers and job titles. Being a proactive jobseeker and creating a living database early on in your studies can help you to research potential opportunities and learn more about your preferred industries.

For more job search help, make sure you access the Graduate Careers and Internship Preparation resources on Blackboard in the online SCU Career Development Program (in MySCU select the 'MyCareer' link).

Reviewing company websites is the key to ensuring a good 'job fit' for you and the potential employer. It can help you identify links between your strengths and qualities (skills, experience, interests and qualifications) and an employer's needs, which will increase your chances of success in the recruitment process.

It is estimated the majority of jobs (approximately 80 per cent) are filled through word-of-mouth or networking, known as the 'hidden job market'. Developing your personal and professional networks (professional associations and university memberships, social networking, attending workshops and conferences and undertaking extracurricular activities) are all valuable ways to tap into hidden job opportunities.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the largest online professional network with more than 313 million members in over 200 countries and territories; 6 million of those in Australia.

With 60% of LinkedIn revenue coming from talent solutions (recruitment), building your presence and becoming active on LinkedIn can increase the number of job opportunities available to you.

LinkedIn has fast become an effective tool for students and graduates to:

  • Present a professional online image
  • Showcase their skills, qualifications, qualities and achievements
  • Build their network of connections
  • Research potential career paths
  • Follow and engage with targeted companies
  • Connect with fellow professionals in industry and specific interest groups
  • Source national and international job vacancies
  • Be headhunted by recruiters searching for new talent

Find out how to get started and make the use of LinkedIn at LinkedIn Student Jobs 101.

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Specialist job vacancy websites

Australia

International

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General job vacancy websites

Career Development Service
Don't forget to visit SCU's CareerHub for job vacancies, events and resources. Use your MySCU details to login

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International job vacancy websites

Country Website
Worldwide (and Australia) Australian Volunteers International
Worldwide Career Jet (use keyword: graduate)
Worldwide Going Global
WorldwideMonster
WorldwideUnited Nations Careers
Worldwide The World Bank
Europe European Union job opportunities for graduates
Europe Eurograduate Live
Hong KongJobStreet Hong Kong
India FreshersHome
Indonesia JobStreet Campus Indonesia
Ireland GradIreland
Malaysia Graduan
Malaysia JobStreet Campus Malaysia
Philippines JobStreet Campus Philippines
Singapore JobStreet Campus Singapore
United Kingdom All About Law
United Kingdom TARGETjobs
United States Quintessential Careers

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Professional associations

If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state and regional chapters you can join. Students are often eligible for significant membership discounts. Some benefits of joining an association include:

  • Updated information on industry-relevant trends and developments
  • Access to a range of resources, including publications, newsletters, webinars, conferences and training opportunities
  • Enhancing your network

So, whether you are looking to learn about career opportunities in your field, network in your professional community, access current events in your industry sector, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!

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