Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Michelle Ryan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Michelle Ryan

Corporate Sales Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Michelle Ryan
Firstly it is very important that you get a third level education as this is a requirement in most hotels for a job in sales. This is the most important step in working in hotel sales. You should gain as much experience within the industry which I found very beneficial.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Tourism Awareness (TAP)

The Failte Ireland Tourism Awareness Programme is specfically designed  for Transition Year Students as an introduction to Tourism. The TAP (Tourism Awareness Programme) aims to make a substantial contribution to Tourism Education  by providing a foundation for 3rd level Tourism related programmes.


Tourism is one of the worlds fastest growing industries.  As Tourism has a major influence on both our economy and development, young people benefit from having an overall  awareness of the nature and complexity of the Tourism Industry.  Most people, whether they plan to persure a career in tourism or not will be tourists themselves, and will so shape and influence  the global environment  while engaging in various tourism activities.

The Tourism Awareness Programme aims to make a substantial  contribution to tourism education by providing a foundation for 3rd level tourism related courses.  At the same time if will equip students following other career paths with a broad appreciation  and awareness of this important industry. It is an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and skills relevant for not only the tourism industry but for a variety of situations in life.