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Get a Life in Tourism national careers drive

Posted by Francis O' Toole on December 4, 2015

Minister Paschal Donohoe has today launched the Get a Life in Tourism national careers drive.

Get a Life in Tourism is a national drive by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) encouraging students to consider a career in tourism.

Targeting 2nd level students aged 15-18 years, the initiative aims to highlight the wide variety of interesting career opportunities and educational courses available across the tourism and hospitality sector – one of Ireland’s most successful industries.

The industry is on track to cater for a record-breaking 8 million overseas visitors this year and contributes over €5 billion in revenues to the Irish economy, including €3.5 billion in overseas revenues. Tourism now supports an estimated 205,000 jobs in Ireland, equivalent to 11% of total employment.

With over 33,000 new jobs created since 2011, the industry is well-positioned to create in excess of 45,000 additional jobs by 2025, supported by the Government’s recently launched policy; People, Place and Policy; Growing Tourism to 2025. As part of the campaign, the IHF is publishing Get a Life in Tourism – a free print and digital magazine supported by Fáilte Ireland which will be distributed to over 700 second-level schools. The magazine contains comprehensive information on all of the various careers available in the sector.

Careers paths include chefs, accommodation assistants,receptionists, as well as positions in sales and marketing, personnel management, catering, finance and leisure centre management.

Based on a series of ‘Day in the Life’ interviews with young people working in the industry and profiles of third level students, the magazine provides a realistic picture of what to expect from a career in the tourism and hospitality sector. The magazine also includes a section on going to college, with details of 36 institutions offering courses to kick start a career in tourism. Further details are available on the magazine’s online platform getalifeintourism

 

 

 

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