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Travel, tourism and the holiday business

About this sector

You can read information about role responsibilities, salary, working hours, what to expect, qualifications, skills, work experience, career prospects and related roles on the following Prospects Job Profiles:

You might also see other job profiles of interest in the Leisure, sport and tourism profiles page (which gives links to the 14 profiles in the sector).


How to gain experience/internships

Opportunities in St Andrews

Work experience

Speculative applications


How to find a (graduate) job

Employers who have advertised jobs suitable for graduates include:


Job search websites:


Applications, interviews and assessment centres

See the following link for tips:


Relevant Postgraduate Study - is it a requirement?

Use the following link to find appropriate postgraduate courses in the sector:

Some options include the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University and the University of Westminster's Tourism Management MA.

For many positions in this sector a relevant undergraduate degree will be all that is necessary, though for more specialist positions extra qualifications or training might be required or preferred, though in many cases the necessary training will be provided on the job.


Key UK resources

Careers Centre resources


Use CareerConnect, your central careers hub, to:



Professional Bodies, Trade Organisations & Journals/Magazines

General Travel, Tourism and Holiday Business careers information


International resources


The USA job market and recruitment timetables, for both internships and graduate jobs, for sectors of employment often differ from the UK.

The Careers Centre subscribes to the reputable independent USA careers information and vacancy provider Vault. The link below will take you directly to Vault subscription resources which cover this sector. You may find further useful and relevant resources linked from there as well.


Internships USA