Published: 20 November 2019

Top jobs with a hospitality and tourism degree

Discover what your future career could be as a hospitality and tourism graduate, and discover some of the jobs Surrey hospitality and tourism graduates secured after leaving university.

hospitality and tourism students

Our hospitality and tourism degrees will prepare you for a successful career at the heart of one of the world's most exciting and rapidly growing industries.

The hospitality and tourism sector comprises many different industries and sub-industries, and our graduates are highly employable across a wide range of organisations.


"For me the placement is an opportunity to use everything that I have learnt from my first two years of studying at university in an actual working environment. It also acts as a reflective pause in the degree, already I feel excited and motivated to work hard in my final year to ensure that I'm in the best possible position as a graduate."

       Bevan Hardcastle, BSc International Hospitality Management


Careers with a hospitality and tourism degree

The are numerous jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors that relate directly to your degree:

  • Hotel manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Catering manager
  • Chef
  • Event manager
  • Public house manager
  • Accommodation manager
  • Travel agency manager
  • Holiday representative
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism officer
  • Tourist information centre manager.

Graduates of hospitality and tourism are highly employable across a wide range of sectors. There are many, potentially unexpected, career options that would be a good match for your skills:

  • Customer service manager
  • Human resources officer
  • Retail manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Outdoor activities/education manager.


"I would definitely recommend a Professional Training placement to others as it is a very rewarding experience. It makes you a lot more employable from the experiences you get over the course of the year and you grow as a person."

       Alice Kelly, BSc International Hospitality Management 

Hospitality and tourism graduate jobs

Recent Surrey hospitality and tourism graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Graduate Management Trainee, Hilton Worldwide
  • Product and Commercial Executive, Monarch Travel Group
  • Voyage Management Trainee, Grosvenor House JW Marriott Hotel
  • HR Coordinator, Sofitel London Heathrow
  • Front Desk Management Trainee, Hilton Hotels
  • Vita Futura Graduate Management Programme, Marriott International
  • Graduate Trainee, Lexington Catering.

Many students have chosen to continue their studies through our masters degrees and PhD qualifications in a wide range of subject areas. 


"After I graduate this year, I'll be starting a Graduate Scheme with Marriott. I had such a great time on placement that I was desperate to stay on with the company after my time at Surrey."

       – Sophie Denman, BSc International Hospitality Management 


"International Event Management is an extremely broad and far-reaching course. I love the scope of this degree, studying topics within international business management, international hospitality management and international tourism management, as well as modules in law, marketing and finance."

       –  Harriet Stott, BSc International Event Management


Discover more about our hospitality and tourism degrees, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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