Choose Your Path
Finding the job or career path that is ideal for you can take time. You may have to try a series of different jobs in order to learn what you like and what you don’t. You can begin to find your dream job by learning more about the tourism industry as a whole and by assessing your own strengths and interests. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
GET TO KNOW TOURISM
Learn all about British Columbia, its tourism regions and the many career options in each sector. Of course, you’ll want to experience BC firsthand by visiting the province’s attractions, resorts, annual and one-off events, and by participating in the many activities that draw tourists here.
DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS
You know best what you like to do and what you are good at. Make a list of the things that interest you and the job responsibilities you would enjoy handling every day. Ask people you know to tell you the strengths, skills and talents they see in you. By comparing this list to real job descriptions and postings, you will start to understand which jobs will be the best fit for you.
IDENTIFY YOUR SKILLS
You will also want to identify your transferable skills. These are the skills you have acquired from other jobs, or from other life experiences, that can be applied to tourism. Note any education or training you have had that may be useful in a tourism job.
LEARN FROM INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
Find opportunities to meet and network with people already working in the industry, asking them how they got started in tourism and then advanced in their careers. Visit our career summary page, which feature real people working in the industry and are a great source of information and inspiration. To learn about industry events and job fairs in your community, check out go2’s News & Events section.