Hospitality, sport, leisure and tourism
The hospitality, sport, leisure and tourism sector offers careers for graduates from a variety of disciplines.
In recent times, the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector has been one of the broadest industries across the island of Ireland as well as being one of the largest employers. It incorporates accommodation, leisure/recreation activities, food and drink providers, tourism service providers, events and conferencing facilities, tourism attractions and the transport and travel trade.
The sporting sector is also growing. You’ll find opportunities in many areas including sporting organisations and clubs, sports management and local authorities.
A business-focused career with opportunities for promotion
Every organisation in this industry also offers a range of business-focused career options such as HR, finance, marketing and IT.
The huge range of opportunities in this sector makes it an attractive option for graduates looking for a fulfilling career. You will have plenty of chance to take on responsibility and show what you can do. This can lead to good promotional opportunities, often at a very early stage.
To be a success in this industry, you’ll be a person who loves variety and enjoys high energy tasks in a flexible working environment. You’ll love working with people and in teams. You’ll enjoy organising, problem-solving and taking the initiative. Marketing and promoting a product or service will excite you, as will being creative and innovative.
Hospitality, sport, leisure and tourism careers advice
- Employment trends in tourism and hospitality
Labour market information: tourism, hospitality and leisure in Ireland and Northern Ireland. More...
- Hospitality, sport, leisure and tourism: career FAQs
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- Professional development in the hospitality industry
You can develop your career in hospitality through postgraduate study or on-the-job training. More...
- Work experience in hospitality and leisure
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Areas of work
- Barry McLoughlin, Conferencing and Banqueting Supervisor, The Westin, Dublin
- Caroline Staniforth, Assistant Front of House Manager, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
- Claire Shortt, Hotel Events Co-ordinator, The Westin, Dublin
- Damian Corr, Cellar Restaurant Manager, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
- Gareth Mullins, Senior Sous Chef, The Merrion Hotel
- Gillian Costelloe, Programme Officer, Anti-Doping Unit, Irish Sports Council
- John Clendennen, Sales Executive, The Westin, Dublin
- Karl de Lacy, Director of Rooms Operations, Marriott Druids Glen Hotel & Country Club
- Lorna O'Riordan, Member and Guest Relations Manager, Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort
- Michelle O'Keeffe, Marketing Manager, ebookers Ireland