International Tour Management Institute (ITMI)

The Premier Training Institute for Tour & Travel Professionals Since 1976

Use Your Liberal Arts Degree As a Tour Guide

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It can be challenging for recent college graduates to land jobs that align with their passion and expertise, particularly for those who pursued liberal arts. 

Maybe you majored in English Lit with an emphasis on Victorian poetry. Or perhaps you are an authority on Irish history, particularly the Potato Famine. 

Now you're competing for limited teaching positions with scads of other applicants just as determined and qualified as you. What was supposed to be a temporary bookstore gig is looking more like your five-year plan. You might be getting discouraged and beginning to regret your decisions.

If so, stop it. Right now. There is nothing wrong with carving the path you know will make you happiest, even if you don't know exactly where it might lead. Quite the opposite, in fact. It takes tremendous courage and an uncompromising spirit to reject safer, unfulfilling career options.

These are character traits that can serve you especially well as a tour guide.  

Tour guiding is a career that attracts people from all walks and stages of life. Some are military veterans. Others are retired empty-nesters who would rather travel the world than sit at home and wait for their kids to call. More and more are bright, enterprising young professionals who are channeling their unique interests into lucrative careers.

So why not you?

If you were fortunate enough to study abroad during your college years, then you already know whether you have the travel bug. Exploring the fascinating culture and history of a place and its people is either for you or it isn't (hint: you won't even have to think about it if it is). 

As a tour guide, you'll discover opportunities to live your passions. You’ll enjoy views that inspired great authors, revere ancient battlefields and hallowed ground, and share these experiences with those who truly appreciate them. You'll probably develop new passions along the way, too. We all do. 

There is no such thing as being stuck. Full-time, part-time, and seasonal work is available. You determine your level of commitment.

Wondering where to start? You're in the right place. For 40 years, we have been the premier training institute for tour professionals. The most reputable tour operators in the world look to us for tour guide talent. With a 92% job placement rate, there's a great chance you'll land an awesome job upon completion of our program.

Give us a call at (415) 957-9489 for a no-cost, no-obligations interview. We'll help you decide whether tour guiding is right for you.