Great potential in the job market
The best confirmation of the excellent qualifications of HSLU graduates is reflected in the job market and the very good career opportunities available to them. More than 95 percent of HSLU students quickly find employment after they graduate; 70 percent even go straight into executive level positions.
Need for well-trained professionals
In the light of the fact that this international programme has been developed as a result of the urgent need for well-trained professionals in numerous markets, as identified by UNWTO, we are confident that this will also be the case for graduates of the BSc in International Sustainable Tourism.The steadily increasing tourism trend and an awareness of sustainability in the industry and at the political level are further strong indications of positive career opportunities in the sector, for which future personnel must be qualitatively prepared.
Qualified for many industries
Students will graduate with a holistic view of the international tourism industry, experience from the internship and a forward-looking sustainable orientation gained by first-hand insights from UNWTO and the continuous exchange of international students, lecturers, and the broad industry network. Graduates will then be in a position to directly enter operational companies and organisations, be it in the hospitality industry, destination management organisations, airlines, tour operators, incoming agencies, national associations and political bodies such as ministries and development agencies, or non-profit organisations across the world.
Common entry positions range from administrative work to lower and middle management level. Graduates are also seen as valuable by entities dealing indirectly with the tourism industry such as suppliers, certification bodies and platforms for the commercialisation of tourism services. The employment potential of the public sector at various levels (local, regional, national) in the context of tourism destination development or regional development should not be underestimated, also with regard to achieving the global development goals.
Many possible career paths
Graduates can conceivably take up jobs in sustainable positioning and the respective marketing and communication, as well as tourism product design and development. They may also find themselves in customer relationship management or in project teams aimed at sustainable transformation.
However, the programme does not just prepare students for employment. Current or future founders of, or successors to, small start-ups or family businesses are empowered with a solid basic knowledge on their entrepreneurial path in tourism.
Moreover, the degree allows graduates to build on this bachelor’s degree with a specialised consecutive master's degree, which broadens long-term career opportunities even further and qualifies graduates for higher strategic and managerial roles.