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Leisure and recreation

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Introduction Leisure and recreation are as old as human beings and were present in the lives of our Stone Age ancestors. There are many different terms to do with leisure and recreation. Here are some of them: In this investigation, I will produce a detailed report about the development, scale, structure and employment opportunities of the leisure and recreation industry. I will research all of these topics and use evidence such as statistics to support my research. Active recreation This is when an individual participates in an activity which involves physical movement or mental effort such as playing a sport (football, tennis netball etc.), playing a musical instrument or acting, gardening and crafts and other hobbies and rambling. Passive recreation This is when an individual receives or consumes entertainment by other people or activities, such as watching television, listening to music, reading, playing computer games and going to a restaurant or a pub. The majority of people find active recreation very stimulating and rewarding. They feel in control of themselves and can set targets for them to achieve in the future. Many people also enjoy the competitiveness of sporting activities. Passive recreation takes up a large proportion of people's leisure time. People enjoy passive recreation so much because it can make them feel good. Also huge amounts of money are spent on activities such as gambling, drinking, eating and entertainment such as the cinema and theatre. Organisations such as the Sports and Arts Councils both have an interest in getting people to play sport or take part in the arts. Both of these organisations know how define these activities as active or passive and it is a particular importance to them if they are going to promote active leisure. Manufacturers and retailers need to be able to identify the trends in activity so they can provide the right clothing and equipment. Home-based and non-home-based leisure & recreation Home-based Home-based leisure is cheap, easy and more relaxing for some people than active or passive recreation. ...read more.

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But all these jobs can be split up into a variety of levels: > Technicians/maintenance > Receptionists > Attendants > Security > Supervisors > Duty managers > Managers > Finance > Admin staff > Support staff > Marketing > Sales > Area/senior managers > Directors From the list above you can tell that some of these jobs require a minimum entry level. But there is a variety of starting points: > from school at age 16/17 with some leaving qualifications > from school/college at 18/19 with A Levels, or Scottish Highers > from a college at 18/20 with a vocational qualification > from higher education with an HND or degree > from higher education with a post-graduate qualification > from another career with relevant experience Entry at 16/17 with some school leaving qualifications The leisure industry does not offer 'traineeships' except in a few instances; many school leavers have to make a start in basic posts such as recreation assistant, with training provided on the job. Further education on a part-time basis may often be possible. Part-time or seasonal work opportunities may offer the chance to get started in the leisure industry. Vacancies at this level are very rarely advertised. Most successful entrants make contact with local leisure facilities themselves. They may even demonstrate commitment by part-time or even voluntary work before an opening occurs full time. Entry at 18/19 with A Levels or Higher Normally, this entry point into the industry is not recommended - it is better to have a vocational qualification or to go on to higher education. However, some entrants do take basic level posts just to get into the industry. Entry with HND or degree It must be stressed that completion of a higher education qualification will not automatically lead to a job in the leisure industry. There is now a wide range and variety of HND and degree courses. ...read more.

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These last two things are something I haven't got yet. I got in contact with Thomas Cook Holidays and they gave me a choice of what I could do to further my experience in the travel and tourism industry. They offered me an apprenticeship, which they place high importance on training and staff development, so this represents the perfect start to a career in travel, giving you all the experience and training you need to obtain a NVQ qualification - up to Level 3 - in Travel Services. If you are aged between 16 and 18, you will be helped every step of the way by an experienced Sales Consultant who will ensure that you get everything you need out of it the apprenticeship. This sounded very appealing to me and is something I may consider doing after I finish my courses at the moment. After my A-Levels I do hope to go to university and study international tourism management or a course that is something very similar. Most of the courses that I have researched offers a placement year and this is were I could take my work experience further and gain more knowledge about the travel and tourism industry. I think this job is very suited to my skills and abilities. The role of a travel consultant needs to be enthusiastic, well organised and also have a professional business manager, and I think I am capable of all these characteristics. As a travel consultant, the more you sell the more you earn. In my job that I am interested in, I will start at �12,000 basic plus commission and the job guarantees earnings of at least �18,000 in the first year. The hours are of a basic office structure, Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm, which doesn't bother me at all. I would also like this job to include travelling to different parts of the UK and maybe stretch to Europe or even further. ...read more.

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