I am sure everyone at one point in there life has considered how good it would be to have a job that allowed them to travel all over the world and get paid at the same time. It is however possible to find jobs like these with the right know how and skills. As a career choice they allow extensive travel and unique, life enriching experiences.
Travel jobs are often viewed by many as a poor career choice that will ultimately lead nowhere. This however is a common misconception. Employers in recent years have recognised the skills and experience that can be gained working in the travel industry and now see candidates with travel experience as a preferred choice. On a CV, travel jobs can give prospective employers an insight into your skills and attributes; for instance; a period of work travelling shows that you can work independently and handle responsibility in tough situations. Ultimately employers want a candidate that has high levels of initiative; working in the tourism industry can show this.
Jobs in the travel industry vary immensely and all have the benefits of working abroad. The hospitality trade is great place to start, even if you are working in this country the skills gained can stand you in good stead should you wish to work abroad. Hotels abroad always want British workers as they can relate to tourists directly and if they have already worked in the trade, can bring something special to the company. Building up a skills base before leaving is the most advisable course of action if you want to secure jobs once abroad.
Becoming a holiday rep may seem more like a holiday rather than work if you take the pursuits of the many television programmes following the industry at face value. However, it is not all partying and entertaining, a large part of the work is administrative and organisational, trying to keep everyone happy and ensuring all enjoy their holiday. Subsequently the stresses of this job are immense; keeping everyone happy is a near impossible task. Responsibility is key to performing the role and hence a great deal of maturity is vital. Ultimately as a rep you represent the holiday company abroad and hence must keep to their standards of operation. Hours are long and arduous but the rewards can make it all worthwhile.
There are some people with specialist skills who may find it very easy to find work abroad. Instructors are in almost constant demand in fields such as diving, rock climbing, golf and horse riding. If you have the skills in one of these disciplines it is possible to teach and also spend time in the resort. This can be considered the best of both worlds as you are able to do something you love and get paid for it. The standard however is usually quite high and in many cases official certification will be required.
If you are serious about working in travel jobs it is highly advisable to learn a second language. This will make you extremely appealing to employers and will put you in good stead to receive job offers. Multi-lingual employees are always in high demand and by having extra languages you are especially wanted in the travel industry. It may take some time to learn but it will be ultimately beneficial.
Many people have travel jobs and live an existence that allows them to enjoy the best of both worlds. With so many different types of employment out there it is possible to find almost any type of work abroad. For those who love to travel, the tourist industry is a great way to see places and to live in foreign lands. With the right attributes and attitude working abroad could become a reality for you.
Career expert Thomas Pretty looks into the skills that make candidates eligible for travel jobs and working in the tourism industry more generally.