Special Report: Travel Weekly unveils 10th edition of annual careers guide

This year’s Take Off In Travel produced in partnership with Abta and Hays Travel

Take Off in Travel, the annual careers guide from Travel Weekly, is back for its 10th issue to highlight the range of careers and opportunities across the industry.

The guide, which is distributed mostly to educational institutions, is packed with information about what it’s like to work in travel and careers advice, plus interviews with those who work in different roles.

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Take Off in Travel was launched to highlight the opportunities available within in the industry for those interested in taking their first steps. And in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, where many employees left the industry, it’s still as relevant as ever.

Not only is it important to shine a light on travel jobs for students, or those who have a background in the field, but highlighting how soft skills and experience can be transferred from other industries, for anyone who may be looking for a career change, is just as key.

Hays Travel is once again the headline sponsor of the guide. Its apprenticeship programme is one of the ways the company is attracting talent into the industry, and readers will hear from some of its success stories.

Dame Irene Hays, owner and chair, said: “Hays Travel is committed to supporting young people to achieve, and to attracting and enabling new talented people into our industry. Travel is a profession that requires commitment and many different skills; in return it is an exciting and fulfilling career. We hope plenty of people who pick up Take Off in Travel are encouraged to launch their own career in travel.”

A welcoming industry

Abta, which has supported Take Off in Travel since its first issue, highlights its educational work in the publication.

“Take Off in Travel showcases the wide range of careers available in the travel industry, as well as the varied routes to entry, whether that is straight from school or college or through an apprenticeship or a degree in travel and tourism,” said Vicki Wolf, head of education and career development at Abta.

“We are also an industry that regularly welcomes people with experience in other industries – so many of our roles are suitable for transferable skills. There are few sectors that are as fast-paced and varied as the travel industry, which makes it vital to attract and retain the best talent we can.

“In a competitive market, reaching out to local schools, colleges and universities is a good place to look for talent. But it’s also important to showcase your company values and benefits and really tell the story of how exciting it is to work in the travel industry.”

This year’s Take Off in Travel also features handy careers advice to help equip readers with the skills they need to write their CV, prepare for a job interview and boost their profile online. Industry experts also bust some myths about some of the common misconceptions about the travel industry. And, for those looking for job opportunities straight away, 12 travel companies have created Showcase features to talk about their recruitment opportunities and company culture.

Find out what’s inside

Why work in travel: With so many different available careers covering both traditional jobs and new roles readers may not have thought of, we take a look at why travel is such an appealing industry to work in, and the benefits of working in a fun and vibrant industry.

A-Z guide: From advertising and car hire to tour guides and web developers, we pull out some of the many jobs available.

Hot topics: People looking to make career choices often want to know about big topics of discussion, so we take a look at the latest on sustainability, diversity, neurodiversity and artificial intelligence.

Sectors in travel: We speak to those working in interesting jobs across different travel sectors, including aviation, tour operations and cruise.

Kick-start your career: From CV writing to interviews, we offer some top tips to help candidates succeed in finding jobs. We also signpost where they can go to find more resources.

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