From cruise ship steward to airport information assistant, airline cabin crew, events manager or city centre manager. Discover where a career pathway in tourism can take you.

Choose a career pathway in tourism

The tourism industry employs around 1.5 million people in the UK. The sector is expanding and reflecting a growing number of trends, such as sustainable tourism, adventure tourism or domestic tourism. 

Join this pathway and you will get to experience the breadth of the tourism industry, participating in trips and visits to major tourism destinations and service providers. These activities will help develop your understanding of what creates a great experience for customers of the tourism industry.  You will also have the opportunity to support large industry events, so that you get to experience what a typical day working in the industry may look like. 

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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What could my future job look like? 

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Cruise ship steward: work on board a cruise ship, maintaining communal areas and cabins clean and assisting customers during their trip.
  • Airport information assistant: help customers in transit through an airport with any issues that may arise, for example, requests for information.
  • Hotel receptionist: welcome hotel guests, process bookings and handle any resulting issues.
  • Travel agent: help holidaymakers or business people put together a trip schedule that meets their specification, securing deals from suppliers on their behalf.
  • Airline cabin crew: provide excellent customer service to clients on board of an airplane, selling products including refreshments and ensuring they remain safe at all times.
  • Events manager: help organisations and individuals plan and host events, for example, weddings and large corporate functions.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

We work closely with partner organisations such as Experience Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) to help you gain a flavour of the realities on working in tourism.