In this sector, you could find yourself working anywhere from theme parks and sports clubs to heritage sites and cruise liners. Find your ideal career...
Opportunities in this sector can be categorised into:
The majority of large organisations in leisure, sport and tourism recruit graduates to a range of head office functions such as finance, IT, sales and marketing. General management roles are also available.
For examples of jobs in this sector, see graduate jobs in leisure, sport and tourism.
Examples of big companies operating in this industry include:
The majority of employers in this sector are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Employment opportunities are also available in local authorities, national governing bodies of sport and sports associations.
Graduates entering the leisure, sport and tourism sector can expect:
Tourism has been the UK’s fastest-growing sector in employment terms since 2010, according to the official body VisitBritain. Citing research by Deloitte, it predicts that tourism will be worth more than £257billion to the economy and support almost 3.8 million jobs by 2025, indicating that there will be plenty of openings in the industry in the coming years.
Post-recession, employment opportunities in travel are now on the increase. In 2013, nearly a quarter of travel agencies were reporting vacancies, compared with 13% in 2011. Travel companies have also significantly increased the amount of training that they provide to employees to encourage career development, suggests the People 1st 2014 Insight on Travel report.
The legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games continues to have a positive impact on sport in the UK; Sport England says that 15.5 million adults now play sport once a week, 1.4 million more than a decade ago. There are increased opportunities for coaches and sports development officers, while the government’s commitment to participation in disability sports has also created jobs in this area.
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