Written by Tracey Cooper, Executive Chairperson of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board

1. Tourism is a growing industry

In the coming two years we’ll see many new facilities open and other treasured tourism products enhance their service offering. All of this means significant growth in the number and variety of tourism jobs in the region.

2. Diversity of career opportunities

I would urge anyone who is considering a career to explore the opportunities that exist in the tourism sector. The ‘visitor economy’ is one of Australia’s largest employment sectors and one that is growing. Consider the depth and variety of jobs that are available in tourism. There are customer-facing roles such as spa and beauty, hospitality, customer service and ticketing. Or ‘back office’ roles such as security, information technology, landscape, maintenance and engineering. Management roles in tourism are earned through a combination of skills learnt on the job and formal qualifications. Many members of our tourism industry have worked around the world. This could be as a vigneron or winemaker in another country for a vintage, as a restaurateur developing your own take on global flavours, or as a marketing professional selling your business to international travel and trade. The beauty is that in joining the tourism industry you are joining a global tribe.

3. Tourism suits everyone

The one thing that’s certain is that you can have a diverse and interesting career that can accommodate many life stages. Whether you’re a young person seeking to launch your career, a mum or dad returning to work, or a sea-changer looking for a career change, tourism is a viable option to explore. The great thing about working in a business that services people is that it is an industry that provides broad options in terms of working hours. You can choose to work in aspects of tourism that fit with your life priorities. On your down time there is so much to do on the Mornington Peninsula. There is no doubt that a job in tourism can be a challenge dealing with seasons, customer peaks and troughs and constantly looking to improve the experience for customers makes for demanding work. The beauty is that no two days are the same.

4. Tourism: a career with endless possibilities

Tourism does provide endless possibilities for you for a career in tourism but perhaps the most important aspect for you to consider is the people that you will meet, learn from and grow with are all seeking to make theirs and others’ lives better. Tourism people know how to work hard and how to chill out, socialise and live life. After all, they have friends at all the right places.