Do you need a specific degree to work in tourism?

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porcelainwhite
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I've always been interested in having a high ranking job at places like hotels, airports, amusement parks etc but I know tourism related degrees are mickey mouse. I studied Business Studies in College at one point but dropped out because it was uninteresting. Right now, I'm really interested in IR/Politics, do tourism jobs have specific degrees in mind?
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Put it this way: I worked in hospitality (which is essentially what tourism is, only abroad or dealing with people from other cities) both in the UK and Australia on and off for two and a half years. I did a lot of agency jobs, as well as several permanent jobs, and so I've seen a lot of workplaces and had a lot of colleagues.

The only person I've ever come across with a hospitality / tourism / events degree was doing the same job as I was (waitress). In contrast, I know someone who started working for a well known pub chain three years ago as bar staff. He rose through the ranks and has now become a pub manager (i.e. he's the highest authority on site, and has ~30 underlings) in the time it would have taken him to do a hospitality / tourism degree.

No, you don't need a degree in tourism to work in tourism, and frankly three years of experience will do you more good than three years of a tourism degree. Go and get a job in tourism / hospitality, work damn hard, be damn good at it, and rise up through the ranks. If you change your mind later, you can go and do a degree in something useful, so don't waste your student finance entitlement on a tourism degree.
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(Original post by porcelainwhite)
I've always been interested in having a high ranking job at places like hotels, airports, amusement parks etc but I know tourism related degrees are mickey mouse. I studied Business Studies in College at one point but dropped out because it was uninteresting. Right now, I'm really interested in IR/Politics, do tourism jobs have specific degrees in mind?
you shouldn't need a degree at all to work in tourism.
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(Original post by porcelainwhite)
I've always been interested in having a high ranking job at places like hotels, airports, amusement parks etc but I know tourism related degrees are mickey mouse.

Don't do a degree in 'Tourism' - a complete and utter waste of time.

A few useful websites -

Jobs in resorts overseas and the UK http://www.resortwork.co.uk/ and http://www.resortjobs.co.uk/

Working holiday in Australia - http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/49whm.htm

Jobs at Thorpe Park etc - http://www.thorpeparkjobs.com/
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After reading this thread I feel depressed that I am doing tourism degree.
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(Original post by lNurl)
After reading this thread I feel depressed that I am doing tourism degree.
Has your degree been useful?
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