Do you like working with all kinds of people?
Are you an active and energetic person?
Then a career in Leisure, Sport and Tourism could be just right for you!
The effect of globalisation and the rapid expansion of the world economy have dramatically increased the demand for recreational pursuits; people can now travel faster, cheaper and to more places than ever before.
It is this sector that caters for their needs and job roles in this sector range from Travel Agents and Tourism Managers to Fitness Instructors and Gym Managers. These professionals are primarily concerned about the happiness and well-being of themselves and the people around them.
Common themes of this sector include:
This sector can be broken down into three areas:
1) Fitness Management
Fitness Management is often associated with fitness facilities such as Gyms. This is a specialised role and requires not only exceptional personal health and fitness and sound fitness knowledge, but also excellent managerial skills.
The role of a professional working in this environment can be very broad; however they can include the follow tasks:
2) Sport, Coaching and Support
Working within this area of the sector normally involves having a specialised knowledge of a particular sport (e.g. football, tennis, etc) and teaching that to others.
These instructors or coaches often offer one to one advice and tend to work for large professional clubs and their main aim is to offer the correct physical and psychological support for their customers to ensure that they perform at their best and realise their full potential.
The Tourism area of this sector is very similar to both Leisure and Sports but those who work within this area are often working with people who are taking part for fun, rather than for professional development.
Individuals working in the tourism industry tend to work in hotels, museums, travel agencies and other related venues. They also tend to work regularly during the holidays.
Their role is to facilitate and organise the trips and activities for the tourists that have come to visit the country. This can include; booking travel and hotels, organising fun activities and ensuring that everyone feels welcome and happy during their stay.
This sector is very much driven on determination and passion and therefore the majority of employers believe that these qualities are just as important as formal qualifications.
Depending on which area an individual would prefer to work in will also depend on what qualifications they require. A breakdown of this information is as follows:
The salary which a professional will receive in this sector will ultimately depend on the area of their work and the qualifications and experience they have:
Figures are intended as a guideline only.
More and more people are going on holidays, participating in recreational activities and going to the gym to get fitter. 2013 was a record year for UK tourism Industry as overseas visitors spent more £21 billion in the UK and the growth hasn’t reversed since.
This is undoubtedly a thriving sector with excellent prospects for the future.