Studying tourism and hospitality management at the University of Plymouth will reveal a wide range of career opportunities that are open to you. You could consider working within the hospitality industry in a variety of settings; restaurants, bars, hotels, public houses, music venues, airlines and conference centres. Your degree will help you to recognise service needs through numerous environments and these insights highlight the level of responsibility required. Restaurant manager, hotel executive, events planner and catering manager are some of the most obvious roles out there, and with a willingness to learn, it is not uncommon to see progression from supervisor to manager quite early in your career.
Tourism can offer up lots of interesting pathways due to its varying sub-industries related to travel. From tour management to tourist information services, passenger transport to heritage work, theme parks to national parks, you could find yourself working across the board of this diverse industry. Indeed, hospitality and tourism are global industries, so there is also an advantage in learning a second language, which could take you to many different countries and locations!
During your tourism and hospitality management degree, you will learn about the role of the consumer, guest relations, operation strategy and how service products are developed for these consumers. This could therefore mean considering other paths such as human resources (HR) and business, marketing and public relations, or a role within the teaching and education sector.
Since specific career paths may be less obvious it is important to use your research skills to explore the range of opportunities and to consider your personal interests, motivations, values and strengths.
Researching your career options
Given the diversity of career options open to graduates, it is important to research and explore these fully so that you can make informed decisions about your future. Keep an open mind and consider the wealth of skills you can offer.
The following websites provide helpful information on options with a hospitality and tourism degree:
Hospitality Professionals Association
Institute of Hospitality
The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT)
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth tourism and hospitality management graduates told us they were doing six months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- College Lecturer
- Communications Coordinator
- Customer Support Trainer
- Event Consultant / Co-Ordinator
- Graduate Scheme/Trainee
- Groups Conference and Events Sales Executive
- Guest Services Manager
- Hotel Manager/ Assistant Hotel Manager
- HR Advisor
- Legal Assistant
- Lettings Manager
- Marketing Executive
- Marketing Manager
- Officer Cadet
- Project Manager
- Regional Sales Manager
- Retail Manager
- Restaurant Manager
- Unit Manager
- Business Development Executive