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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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Tourism is about the experiences people have and the activities they participate in when they travel. There are many different types of trips supporting businesses all over Ireland. Some travel for short weekend trips, staying within the confines of the big cities, others may travel for two or three weeks and explore every corner of the island.

Travelers may be part of a tour, visiting a set number of sites on a bus, or they may travel independently, renting a car or navigating public transport themselves.

For city visitors they may be anything from a solo traveller or a couple all the way up to large groups of friends, visiting on a stag or a hen party.

A significant portion of tourism is internal, with so much to see on the island of Ireland even those who’ve lived here for years always have new trips to take. This tourism is as important to the careers of those working in the sector as visitors from abroad are.

Regardless of the type of traveller, their spending sustains jobs in pubs, hotels, historical sites, transport companies and other sectors right across Ireland.

Working in Tourism

Most of those working in tourism will have started out in entry level jobs, developing skills and knowledge. From here they may progress onto supervisory or management positions. To do so will require years of experience, but progression can be aided by studying relevant courses, such as tourism or business, offered by further education and third level colleges.

Tourism impacts many parts of the economy providing no shortage of paths into the sector. Depending on personality a person may be attracted to adventure sports, overseeing group undertaking climbing expeditions or going surfing along the west coast. On the other hand, they might work for a tour agency arranging trips for large groups, planning schedules, communicating with tour participants, setting up excursions and booking accommodation. Whatever your personality there is bound to be a suitable opportunity for you in Tourism.

Occupations in Tourism
(sorted by Job Zone)

Travel Agency Clerk

Travel agency clerks advise customers on holiday and travel opportunities.

Attendant - Museum / Art Gallery

Responsible for the security of the collection in a gallery or museum, as well as for the safety of the public and assisting visitors.

Tourism Officer

A tourism officer works to develop and enhance the visitor facilities of a region and to stimulate tourism growth in order to produce economic benefits for a particular region or site.

Tour Operator

Tour operators organise and arrange package holidays, which are either sold through brochures in travel agents or are marketed direct to the public.

Accommodation Staff - Hotel

Responsible for keeping the bedrooms and public areas clean and perfectly maintained, and for the running of the laundry in hotels, cruise ships and other hospitality venues. 

Tour Guide

Tourist guides show visitors around places of interest, such as towns and cities, historic buildings, gardens, religious sites or museums and art galleries.

Travel Courier / Resort Representative

Provides advice and assistance to holidaymakers on package and tour holidays.

Travel Agency Manager
Manages a travel business by looking after the staff, products, marketing and day to day activities.
Entertainment / Sports Manager
Plans, organises, promotes, provide and develops leisure and recreational facilities, such as swimming pools and music venues.