How to put your education and experience to work for you in the exciting world of travel. You always wanted a job in the travel industry, but instead you opted to get a college degree in Bowling Industry Management and Technology (it’s real, look it up) and figure that your days will ultimately be spent fishing out gutter balls behind the 10 pin. Or perhaps you had a calling for a BA in English and have no idea how that would figure into your desire to travel the world.
Surprisingly, the college major you selected and worked so hard to earn over the last four years could be exactly what you needed to prepare for a career in travel. How? Well, here are various college majors and how you can use them to your advantage to land a job in the travel industry.
Bowling Industry Management and Technology: There are many hotels in such places as Las Vegas and New York that have bowling alleys that are used for guests’ enjoyment as well as professional and amateur tournaments. Some may need a manager to travel to and oversee the locations and events.
English: What would you do with a BA in English? English majors typically communicate well, both orally and in the written word. With an extensive knowledge of grammar, as well as books and authors, you can offer to establish literary tours across your favorite destination as well as writing retreats at specific resorts. Some writing instructors have even scheduled retreats at various exotic locations around the world that they want to see, allowing them to travel and work at the same time.
Finance: It’s all about the bottom line for many travel clients and planning their trips means sticking to a budget. Whether you’re looking for a way to get a corporation’s staff of 50 to Europe for an annual meeting on a miniscule budget, or you’re planning a reunion for a family that isn’t the Rockefellers, it’s all about money. A degree in finance can definitely be a benefit to travel agencies. In addition, some travel organizations study and dissect the habits of travelers of all demographics. Knowing statistics and finance can help to uncover some additional little-known indicators.
Philosophy: Is traveling good for you? Why? Why do we want to do it so much? How does it benefit our mind and our soul? Philosophers ask the deep-rooted questions and travelers want to know the answers. So do marketers and the entire hospitality industry. The answers to these well-thought-out questions can determine how they market their resorts and hotels and trips to travelers and what amenities they provide along the way.
History: Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it, but those who do know it can travel the world digging up fossils and exploring historical monuments and treasures. Information on your digs can be beneficial to museums, art galleries and scientists all around the world.
Music: In every culture, in every country, music is an important part of life. Musicians play and music educators teach all over the world as well as learn more about the tunes in the part of the world.
Photography: You studied photography in school, but that doesn’t mean you have to work in New York City for an advertising agency. Take to the air and visit new cultures. Magazines, such as National Geographic, as well as newspapers, television and film companies need photographs of various people and places. You get to travel and get paid!
If your major wasn’t listed here, take some time and think out of the box. Whether your degree is in business or comic book art, you can make it a traveling career with just a little creativity.