Regional Tourism Careers Roadshow

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council's Career Roadshow is designed to showcase, promote, and bring a sense of excitement back to the tourism and hospitality industry in the eyes of Queensland's next generation of workers. The Roadshow is focused towards addressing the current perceptions of the industry as well as its dwindling workforce. Through the implementation of interactive and educational Come 'N' Try Days as well as Virtual Career Expos, QTIC intends to ease the current workforce issues that have stemmed from COVID-19, by providing localised insight into the limitless possibilities of a career within the industry. Throughout 2021 and 2022, QTIC will deliver Come 'N' Try days in 13 tourism region as well as Virtual Career Expos to connect with those further afield. 


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Come 'N' Try Days 

The Come 'N' Try Days are fun, insightful, and interactive days filled with activities (cookery competition, mixology etc.) that showcase the various aspects of the tourism and hospitality industry. Allowing participants to receive genuine advice and gain an all-encompassing understanding of the industry. Through the Career Hub, attendees are also provided with the opportunity to work for a local business. 

According to attendees at the 2021 Roadshow, the Career Hub and Guest Speakers "provided insightful and valuable real-life perspectives". QTIC's focus on obtaining local holders and passionate industry professionals aims to provide students with a sense of optimism and excitement as they start their career journeys. One student from a 2021 event found their passion through the hand-on activities. 

The objective of the Come 'N' Try Days is for participants to understand the wide variety of careers available within the tourism and hospitality industry, and gain career advice that instils them with a sense of confidence and passion as they enter the workforce. 

Virtual Career Expo

Following each Come 'N' Try Day event, a Virtual Career Expo will take place, giving employers the opportunity to connect with school leavers, gap year participants and jobseekers on a larger scale. Attendees will be able to explore an array of job opportunities around Queensland, receive personalised career advice, speak to businesses looking to hire, learn about courses that will further their skills and listen live to the personal journeys of industry professionals. Guest speakers from the regional area will be invited to present throughout the day in the virtual auditorium. Pre-recorded information and Government initiatives will also be available in the auditorium through the expo, outlining career options and corresponding support and information. Attendees will be able to gain personalised career advice from job active providers surrounding how to improve their resumes, how to present themselves in interviews and what steps they can take to secure their next career.


"This student had not previously expressed an interest in hospitality but was encouraged to come along. After the Mixology Class, she started exploring the idea of being a bartender. She has since commenced a school-based traineeship and is eagerly exploring future job opportunities through the Work in Paradise scheme. It was the QTIC Come 'N' Try Day that first planted that seed and made her excited to work in this space" - Brisbane Teacher, May 2021

"It was hard to pinpoint a favourite part of the day ... For any student interested in hospitality and tourism you must follow it up and make sure you attend. It was truly invaluable, with students securing jobs from this experience" - Rhea Linnewebber, Proserpine State High School, October 2021

"We wanted to let you know the value of the Careers Roadshow - especially connecting with schools and VET coordinators. We have long recognised that access to schools is a huge opportunity for us in Cairns. Developing and maintaining relationships is a time consuming exercise for business and often involves attending careers events outside work hours with individual schools. This approach limits access to only a few schools as we have limited resources. The Careers Roadshow brought the right students and the teachers to us. It was a small and manageable number of engaged students in each group and gave us the opportunity to talk to teachers about the students and work placement options" - Bernadette Reynolds, Accor Hotels, April 2022