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Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Planning
Tourism and hospitality fields focus on the management, marketing, and operations of hotels, restaurants, parks, and other attractions. Event planning—often associated with tourism and hospitality—focuses on the budgets, timelines, legalities, and logistics of planning various kinds of events.
Learn About the Field
Career exploration is all about research. Use the the following information to learn if a career in tourism, hospitality, and event planning is for you.
Latest News in the Field
Keep informed about what's happening in this field by reading what the professionals read. Visit the following sites regularly!
Now that you've done a little research about the tourism, hospitality, and event planning field, it's time to start meeting with industry professionals. It's an easy way to learn more about what your future career path might look like. It's also a great way to network with people who may know about internship or full-time job opportunities.
IUB Alumni LinkedIn – You can connect with over 186,000 IUB alumni from various programs after you create a LinkedIn profile. Search for alumni based on location, company, industry, and what they studied. To learn more about how to set-up your profile and use this tool, visit these resources.
IU Alumni Directory—Request an account and use it to search for IU Alumni who have graduated from our tourism, hospitality, and event planning field programs. You can see where they’re working now and email them directly from the site. Contact a dozen people to start with and see where you end up. You may need to contact more in order to get some helpful responses.
Informational Interviewing Guide—Once you know who you’re interested in talking with, use this guide to request and conduct an informational interview.
Social Media Networking
Use social media to network with professionals and their organizations. LinkedIn, a professional networking site, is a great way to connect. Here are a few organizations that have a strong social presence.
- American Culinary Federation: Facebook, Twitter
- American Hotel and Lodging Association: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
- National Restaurant Association: Facebook, Twitter
- Resort and Commercial Recreation Association: Facebook, LinkedIn
- Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Group: LinkedIn
- Travel and Tourism Industry Professionals Worldwide: LinkedIn
- World Tourism Network: LinkedIn
Join a Professional Association
National professional associations are valuable sources for a variety of career information. You can learn about certification requirements, job leads, internships, educational opportunities, and more. Many associations offer discounted membership rates for students.
Build Your Skills
Having career-relevant work experience on your resume will give you a big head start when it comes time to landing your post-grad dream job. Now that you’ve researched your career options, take advantage of the opportunities below to build the skills you need to be competitive. Remember: employers also like to see plenty of leadership experience listed.
Join Student Organizations
There are more than 700 student organizations at IU—which means there are more than 700 ways you can get some really impressive job experience. Below are some groups specific to tourism, hospitality, and event planning. Check out BeINvolved to learn about even more student organizations through IU Student Life and Learning.
Get a Part Time Job
Use myJobs to learn about part- and full-time job opportunities. Here are career-relevant jobs that students have participated in.
*Jobs with asterisks are within walking distance from campus.
Put your talents to good use and build experience along the way! Off-campus volunteer opportunities exist around every corner. Below are some volunteer opportunities within about an hour’s drive of Bloomington.
Find a job or internship
You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from tourism, hospitality, and event planning majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent tourism, hospitality, and event planning graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to tourism, hospitality, and event planning. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in Meet People will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."
Keywords for Job Searches
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
- Food & Beverage
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you’re preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization’s history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company’s about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you’re hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- What does good customer service mean to you?
- Describe a time when you went above “the call of duty.”
- How would you handle an upset customer?
- How do you ensure a great customer experience?
- How do you organize your schedule?
- You have budgeted $5,000 for an event and realize that your food budget is over by 50%. What would you do?
- Show your ability to multitask and deal with budgets, as both skills are required in this field.
- Customer service, leadership, and training/supervision experience are highly sought after in these fields.
- Travel domestically and abroad, and put it on your resume.
- Learn other languages.
- Work with diverse populations as much as possible; you’ll do this a lot in these fields, so experience is important.