Travel Advisor

Have you ever dreamed of escaping the wet, windy, cold weather of Britain and working abroad? Sorry, silly question - we all have at some time. But if you're really serious about it, you could do worse than think about a career in the travel industry.

You want a career with options? There's a whole world of them. You could be a travel agent, work in a tour operator's office, be a tour guide, a holiday rep, or work for an airline. The work would involve a lot of interaction with customers so if you're a bright, sunny personality then this is a good choice of career.

Don't think it'll all be lazing on the beach though. Working in travel can be very demanding with last minute changes, problems to solve and plenty of challenges for you to overcome.

Travel Qualifications

If you fancy a career in travel and tourism then have a look at the qualifications on offer from City & Guilds.

The Travel and Tourism First Award/Diploma is usually taken at a college or through a training provider, so you don't need to already have a job, and is a good choice if you're just starting out. The emphasis is on learning practical skills and you'll get plenty of information and advice throughout the course.

You can also learn while you earn with an Tourism apprenticeship.

For more information, browse for a qualification using the qualifications finder.

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Customer facing

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Who you could work for:
You could work for Travel Agent or for a Tour company as a Holiday Representative, for example.  

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Likely hours:
Many travel agents have branches on busy high streets. If you work in one of these branches, your hours are likely to be 9-5. However, this can vary depending on where you work. 

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Earning power*:
You might start on a salary of £12,000 and with experience can progress to anything up to £30,000.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Friendly and approachable, helpful and interested in the travel industry.

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You could even go on to:
Become a branch manager at a large travel agent. 

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

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