Career Paths - Hotel, Catering and Tourism


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Where graduates work:

1. Many areas in which to work in Management/Supervisory role:

  • Tourist Offices
  • Heritage Centres
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Craft Shops
  • Tour Operators

2. Other areas in which to work in:

  • Tourism Administration
  • Tourism Retail
  • Travel Information
  • Reception Work

3. Progress into other areas in the tourism sector:

  • Marketing/Advertising/Sales
  • Guest/Client Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Hotel Management
  • Tour Guide

4. Tourism Officer Positions in development agencies e.g. Failte Ireland, LEADER groups, Partnership groups 

5. Research

6. Working with a Business Degree

7. Working with a Second Language

8. Working Abroad

Work Experience

  • Remember many students nationally volunteer to get experience.
  • Hotels, Visitor attractions e.g. Coolwood in Killarney, Local Tourist Offices, Festivals, Craft shops etc.
  • Summer Camps/Adventure Tours

Tourism/ Tourism with Busines

Graduates may gain employment in the following non-managerial employment categories; Travel Adviser, Tourist Information Office,Tour Guides, Administrative personnel in tourism related business Tourism retail assistants, Airline ground crew, Telesales.


Graduates of the programme will be proficient and competent in the key operational areas of Food, Beverage and Rooms Division. Students may also choose to specialise in a particular area. Learners may progress to supervisory/management levels through accessing and participating in higher level programmes. Learners may find employment in medium-sized hotels, guesthouses, pubs,  catering businesses, leisure and activity centres.

Professional Cookery

Due to the continuing expansion in the tourism industry, there is always a need for qualified chefs in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, industrial catering, airports, the licensed trade and on cruise liners. Career promotion can be rapid from commis chef to head chef or executive chef. Many chefs have opened their own restaurants.

Culinary Arts

Graduates have the option of setting up their own restaurants, work at product development technicians or food promotional personnel.

Food Safety Advisors - Graduates may assist food establishments in auditing premises prior to health inspections

Bar Service

The course will qualify you to find employment as a 2nd year bartender in hotels, restaurants, licensed trade and on cruise ships. Promotional prospects are excellent, from trainee bartender to bartender, bar supervisor, head bartender and bar manager. You will be eligible to apply for the following programmes offered by Fáilte Ireland including the Advanced National Certificate in Supervisory Development and the Advanced
National Certificate in Bar Skills.

Hotel & Resort Management

Graduated may gain employments in the following areas;
- Operations Management of Hotels and Resorts progressing onto Senior & General Management
- Staff Management in Hospitality & Tourism organisations
- Event Management

Travel and Tourism Management.

Graduates of this course can expect employment at management level with excellent career advancement opportunities to senior management.  The course also instils an entrepreneurial spirit in students who may wish to explore their own business potential.  Advancing into research studies and education is another possibility for graduates to explore.

Adventure Tourism

Adventure activity operations and supervisory management, tour leaders; project administrators, event operations, activity training and coaching. Students gain internationally recognised coaching qualifications in the chosen adventure activity.

Home Economics Teaching - Courses

The following courses are recognised by the Teaching Council for Home Economics:

  • St Angelas College Sligo - Bachelor of Education - Home Economics and a second curricular subject
  • St Catherines College/Sion Hill Dublin (University of Dublin Award)
  • Bachelor of Education - Home Economics and a second curricular subject

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