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Why Work in Tourism & Hospitality

SO YOU'RE CONSIDERING WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY:

Whether you’re looking to start your career, or chasing a change, a tourism and hospitality adventure could be the right fit for you.

A career in tourism and hospitality has so much to offer — here’s just a few reasons why it’s a great industry to be in.

  • An exciting and varied career
  • Skills that can take you anywhere in the world
  • A range of adventures
  • Opportunities for specialisation
  • Job variety — no two days the same!
  • Great opportunities for career progression
  • Working with diverse customers
  • A job that can be a lot of fun!
  • Fantastic future job prospects
  • Meeting new people

Working in the industry offers a number of daily and long-term benefits:

1. Flexible working hours.

Are you a student, a parent, or a night owl? Tourism and hospitality roles offer a diverse range of working times and shifts, ideal for those seeking flexibility and the opportunity to increase their work / life balance. It’s not uncommon for businesses to operate 24 hours, 7 days a week. More shift opportunities increases the time you have to focus on other important things that may be in your life – like adventure!

2. Diverse people.

Tourism and hospitality draws people from all over the world – guests, patrons, and employees. Working in tourism and hospitality means you’ll meet and interact with people from many different cultures. Diversifying your experience and understanding of people, and their cultural influences, has been shown to make people better at problem solving and meeting customer needs in new ways. No two days will be the same and each day will bring about interesting interactions, ideas and opportunities.

3. Entry-level jobs.

No experience in the tourism and hospitality industry? No worries! The beauty of the industry is the ability to start your adventure with no prior experience. as many of the roles are customer-facing or rely on teamwork and collaboration, many employers value attitude over prior work experience. That being said, it’s a requirement in many tourism and hospitality jobs to have at least a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. If you’d like more information about completing a nationally accredited RSA certificate, please click here.

4. Skill development.

As a result of the regular on-the-job training and ability to further hone your skills directly at work, the tourism and hospitality industry attracts many entry level employees. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn skills to further progress your career in the industry, you can also develop skills which can be applied in your personal life from time management or budgeting to customer service and the art of conversation! If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to impress your friends by whipping up a fancy cocktail or a dinner classic, then you’ve come to the right place! Western Australia has some of the best chefs, winemakers, professionals and entrepreneurs in the world. Our passionate people all started somewhere and will help you develop your skills and knowledge. For more information on opportunities for developing your hospitality and tourism skills, and progressing your career in the industry, check out or further study page.

5. Extra perks.

Besides the wages you earn, there can be a lot of other great perks that come with a job in tourism and hospitality. Some employers offer their staff discounts at their venue and affiliated venues. Many local pubs, restaurants and hotels may also offer discounts to hospitality workers, or offer ‘hospo rates’ as commonly referred to. And of course, it’s all about meeting new people and making local contacts — you never know what adventures you’ll get into!

6. Endless opportunities.

How would you like a career that can take you anywhere in the world, in a service industry that employs almost one million people in Australia, in over 300,000 businesses? Tourism and hospitality can offer you that, and so much more. These are the kinds of jobs where the skills you learn can be applied globally. Where will your Western Australian tourism and hospitality take you?

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