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The tourism major teaches students about the social, cultural, economic and political aspects of tourism. Skills are developed in tourism planning and management, marketing and understanding key markets. Additionally, choice of electives provides the opportunity to expand learning into associated fields such as modern languages or international business.
The Business Project elective is available to Bachelor of Business students which involves working on a real world organisational issue with a local business.
For more information about Tourism, visit the Newcastle Business School site.
Some jobs require additional qualifications at Honours level. Honours is a one year stand-alone program, completed after successfully fulfilling the requirements of the undergraduate degree. View Bachelor of Business (Honours).
Some occupations require a higher level of completed study than an undergraduate degree, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of postgraduate study options available. Postgraduate study may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the postgraduate study options following the Bachelor of Science include:
Postgraduate coursework programs can add further specialisations in areas including business, safety, quality assurance and teaching. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/postgraduate/
Graduates majoring in Tourism will be able to pursue a variety of careers in the travel and tourism industry for both private and public companies, as well as some government roles. Below is a list of some of the typical opportunities for Bachelor of Business graduates who have majored in Leisure and Tourism Management.
Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained during the Bachelor of Business, majoring in Leisure and Tourism Management.
- Business Analyst/Consultant
- Business Development Manager
- Business Relationship Manager
- Community Development Worker
- Community Liaison Officer
- Community Project Officer
- Cultural Development Officer
- Cultural Heritage Officer
- Education Officer
- General Manager
- Graduate Programs - Public and Private Sectors
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Tourism graduates are employed across a variety of industries, in large and small organisations. Below is a sample of employers who recruit graduates, including those organisations that have graduate programs. Check employers’ websites for a section called Employment, Careers, Graduate Programs or similar titles. Some of these employers may offer vacation work opportunities.
- Accor Hotels (Australia)
- Antipodeans Abroad (Australia)
- British Airways (International)
- Carlson Wagonlit (International)
- Cathay Pacific (International)
- Department for Environment and Heritage (SA) (Australia)
- Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) (Australia)
- Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (Australia)
- Department of Environment and Heritage (Australia)
- Department of Finance and Administration (Australia)
- Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (International)
- Department of Immigration and Citizenship (Australia)
- Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Australia)
- Department of Local Government NSW (Australia)
- Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (Australia)
- Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Australia)
- Flight Centre (Australia)
- Gecko's Grassroots Adventures (Australia)
- Harvey World Travel (Australia)
- InterContinental Hotels Group (Australia)
- Intrepid Tours (Australia)
- Lonely Planet (Australia)
- Qantas (International)
- Rydges (Australia)
- STA Travel (Australia)
- Tourism Australia (Australia)
- Tourism NSW (Australia)
- Virgin (Australia)
- Youth Challenge Australia (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (Australia)
- Australian Federation of Travel Agents (Australia)
- Australian Tourist Commission (Australia)
- Australian Tourist Export Council (Australia)
- Bureau of Tourism Research (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs
Graduate Attributes and Employability
Bachelor of Social Science
Bachelor of Social Science graduates majoring in Tourism will have the skills, abilities and knowledge sought after by a broad range of employers. On completion of the degree, graduates can expect to have developed:
- Advanced social research skills:
- In-depth knowledge and skills in the design and conduct of social research.
- The capacity to collect, organise, critically assess, and present information in written and oral forms.
- Specialist Social Science knowledge:
- Comprehensive knowledge of one or more specialist areas in the Social Sciences.
- Critical though and informed decision-making:
- The ability to structure and present logical arguments, critically analyse material and opinions, and make informed decisions.
- Effective management and teamwork skills:
- The ability to work autonomously and collaboratively, including effective leadership skills, teamwork, organisational and program management capabilities.
- High-level communication, interpersonal and presentation skills:
- Advanced level of written, oral, and interpersonal skills, including the effective use of information and communication technologies.
- Ethical and socio-cultural sensitivity:
- An understanding of ethical issues, standards, and public responsibility in relation to professional practice, including an appreciation of cultural diversity and sensitivity towards vulnerable and Indigenous groups.
Bachelor of Business
Graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Business are the skills, abilities and knowledge that are highly sought after by a broad range of employers. Below is the complete list of attributes that graduates will have demonstrated upon the completion of the degree.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will:
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Work effectively independently and in teams.
- Engage in critical thinking and analytical problem-solving.
- Demonstrate knowledge of theory, models and concepts relevant to Marketing, Management, International Business, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Tourism.
- Display proficiency in the utilization of information and technology in business.
- Apply business skills that incorporate understanding of global and ethical issues.
Bachelor of Aboriginal Professinal Practice
Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice graduates majoring in Tourism will have the skills, abilities and knowledge sought after by a broad range of employers. On completion of the degree, graduates can expect to:
- Hold a deep understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and political life in Australia.
- Have capacity and skills to identify, challenge and develop policy, work and social practice which are culturally and ethically inclusive of diverse cultures.
- Developed a competitive ability to gain employment and work effectively, autonomously, responsively in a collaborative work environment in and across a broad area of vocational professional careers.
- Developed a genuine understanding and advocacy of social justice in the workforce and community.
- Clear demonstration of the capacity to work productively and in a culturally appropriate professional manner, in partnership with Indigenous communities at all levels.
- Hold and practice the academic theory and skills to effectively expand and communicate their understanding of themselves as rational beings and their relationship with the broader community in the area of Aboriginal Studies and social justice.
- Capacity and skills to contribute to the emerging contemporary scholarly discourse and practice in Aboriginal affairs.