Are you the life and soul of the party? If you love bringing people together and enjoy helping others have a good time, one of these jobs could be perfect for you…
Contrary to popular belief, the role of holiday rep doesn’t solely consist of encouraging 20-somethings to indulge in debauched behaviour; though a broad-minded attitude can help.
As well as leading the revelry, reps act as point of contact for both customers and hotel owners – dealing with any problems which arise on either side. They also sell excursions and services, build and maintain relationships with local businesses and meet guests from the airport.
The job does not usually require qualifications. Instead, employers look for personal qualities and experience of working in a customer service or travel and tourism role. Some tour operators also value additional language skills, particularly in countries where English is not widely spoken.
Although applications are usually accepted throughout the year, many tour operators begin recruiting for the busy summer months (June, July and August) from October to March.
Pay is likely to be low (£14 an hour**) and hours may be long – but job satisfaction could be high.
Responsible for turning clients’ requirements into a memorable event, event managers are involved at every stage of the process from conception to execution – and duties might involve coming up with ideas, booking venues, working out budgets and hiring security, caterers and entertainment.
There are qualifications on offer from foundation to degree level, although experience of the hospitality industry and transferable skills are also highly valued.
There are a variety of external training providers, such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (one-day sales and marketing courses to Diplomas), Society of Event Organisers (courses related to conference organisation) and Association of Event Organisers (sales, marketing, health and safety).
Pay ranges from around £17k for trainees to £50k-plus for executive positions*.
While working in public relations isn’t exactly one long cocktail soiree, if you pick the right area of business you will undoubtedly end up getting paid to socialise on a regular basis.
There’s a lot of office-based legwork involved and PR officers plan and deliver publicity campaigns, organise press launches, write materials and develop good relationships with the media.
No set qualifications are required to work in PR, but most entrants to the industry will have a degree or HND. There are a few specific PR degree courses available, but other relevant subjects include communication and media studies, marketing and business management.
Starting salaries are around £16k, with pay rising to £40k or more for senior staff. Directors can earn more than double that amount*.
Public house manager
If you’re a people person and have a head for figures along with good organisational and management skills, a career as a public house manager might be for you.
Long, anti-social hours are the big drawback of the job, but the work can be enjoyable and you may be able to live above the premises rent-free.
There are more than 52,000 public houses in the UK and opportunities for graduates have grown in recent years, with more national and regional brewers and independent pub companies now running management schemes aimed at university leavers.
Salaries range from £15k for a trainee to £50k for the most-successful and experienced managers*.
Putting on club nights for a living is a dream for plenty of young (and not so young) people, but it can be a real job for driven and self-starting individuals.
There is no formal entry route. Instead, you need to have your finger on the pulse of the nightlife scene in your area and the ability to network and make contacts. Most promoters are self-employed.
You’ll need to find a suitable venue at a reasonable price, book DJs or bands and promote your club night effectively through advertising, the media and the internet.
The rewards are open-ended and many would-be promoters end up paying for the privilege, but others have made their fortune by getting the formula just right.
In contrast to the work carried out by a self-employed nightclub promoter, most booking managers are in salaried positions with venues and organisations.
However, it’s still a job where networking and contacts are the single most important factor – and almost all people come to the job through a related post in the entertainment industry.
As well as contacts, you’ll need logistical skills, the ability to negotiate with agents and some book-keeping skills.
While the cult of the superstar DJ might have peaked in the 1990s, people are still going out – and DJs are still getting paid to play music to them.
In a field where the vast majority of workers are self-employed, it’s very much a case of “who you know” when it comes to securing bookings – and most DJs begin their careers working for free as they build a reputation, perhaps promoting their own club nights also.
Established ‘name’ DJs often work through an agent, but on the more commercial side of the business they tend to work direct for venues. Unless you’re Fatboy Slim or Pete Tong pay is likely to be modest, but you’ll get the satisfaction of getting people on the dance floor.
*Pay rates from National Careers Service.
** Pay rates from Prospects the official graduate careers website