Top Reasons for Baby Boomers to Work in BC Tourism
There are many compelling reasons for retirees, or those nearing retirement, to consider working in the tourism industry, following are just a few:
- You are in demand!
- With labour shortages already being felt in BC, and getting worse over the next 10 years, it’s projected that there will be 106,000 new job openings in the next 10 years (2018 – 2028). As a baby boomer you bring a wealth of life, volunteer and work experiences that make you very well-positioned to land work in the tourism industry.
- Align Your Work with Personal Interests
Did you know that there are over 400 occupations in the tourism industry? It’s not a stretch to say that you can find a job that will appeal to your personal passions, interests and skills. But beyond that, the following article, written by a seasoned tourism operator shares these top 10 reasons to choose a tourism job. The article touches on how tourism can be an incredibly fulfilling opportunity with the potential to change lives by sharing new experiences here with visitors from around the world.
- Work-Life Balance
Depending on the type of job you are looking to pursue, there are many options to work part-time or seasonal positions, allowing you to have time for other interests or travel. And if you prefer full-time work, there are many opportunities as well.
- Work Where You Live
Tourism operations can be found in every region of BC, and most likely there are many close to where you live. From city tours in Vancouver, to fishing charters off the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, or outdoor guiding in the Kootenay Rockies, the opportunities are very diverse. There are tourism operators piloting explorers though Northern BC, businesses making wine in the Thompson Okanagan, and interpreters curating world-class galleries on Vancouver Island. BC truly offers some of the most exciting tourism job opportunities to be found anywhere.