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FOCUS ON

LEISURE

TIME OUT

WANT TO HAVE FUN AT
WORK? HERE ARE FIVE
REASONS TO JOIN THE
LEISURE INDUSTRY

D

oing things you
love is what life is
all about, and the
leisure industry
is one area where
your customers
should be up for a
good time. Here are some reasons why
it may be a wise career choice for you.

1. IT'S GROWING - FAST!

2. THE ROLES ARE VARIED
The leisure industry provides an
exciting, positive, customer-facing
working environment, whether you're
working in a cinema, bowling alley,
indoor rock-climbing centre or laser tag
centre. The roles are varied and require
interaction with customers of all ages.
The roles on offer are too numerous
to list but include operating rides,
working in the catering department,
being part of the safety and security
team, managing events or being
involved in ticketing and maintenance.

3. IT'S OPEN TO ALL

The leisure industry employs people at
every level, and you don't necessarily
need a degree, particularly for entrylevel positions. However, there may
be more opportunities to progress if

you have a relevant qualification in the
hospitality, leisure and tourism sector.
You can opt for a diploma or
foundation degree, or something
higher such as an undergraduate or
master's degree. Other entry routes
include apprenticeships, BTECs and
NVQs in leisure and tourism subjects,
which allow you to study the industry
and get hands-on experience.

4. THERE'S FLEXIBILITY

Many employees in the leisure sector
are hired on seasonal contracts
or asked to work irregular and
sometimes long or unsociable
hours, including weekends. There
are good opportunities to travel
or live away from home.
Starting salaries tend to be
relatively low, but they can vary
greatly depending on the size and
location of company you work for,
and whether the organisation is
owned privately or by the local
authority. Progression up the career
ladder can also be fairly quick.

5. YOU CAN MOVE UP

With experience and ability, you
can move into management roles.
You'll need to be enthusiastic, a good
team leader and have commercial
awareness and problem-solving skills.
As a manager, you'll be responsible
for the day-to-day running of the
venue including recruiting and training
staff, managing budgets, making
sure health and safety guidelines
are adhered to and maintaining
customer service standards. You will
be the one who deals with customers
if there are complaints or problems,
so you'll also need to have excellent
communication skills and the ability
to diffuse tricky situations.

FIND OUT MORE
British Hospitality Association
bha.org.uk
National Careers Service
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Prospects
prospects.co.uk

Words: Georgina Maric. Photography: Shutterstock. Source: Deloitte

Spending on leisure in the UK has grown
at a faster pace than total consumer
expenditure. The industry is now worth
£117bn in revenue, accounting for 7.4%
of GDP in 2014, and is growing at nearly
twice the pace of the retail sector.
Leisure activities are split into two
groups: occasional activities include
going to the cinema, theatre, theme
parks and bowling as well as travel;
habitual activities include betting
and gaming, watching TV, playing
video games, listening to music.1

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