Invest in Your Dream JobLinley Lewis' Lifestyle Careers Advice

Linley Lewis


3 months ago in LIFE

We’re all about providing amazing experiences and creating opportunities for the people that come on our trips, and then in turn, for all our staff.

If I had a royal chunky for each time I have spoken to someone who has been advised by their career departments to go to University, despite the obvious fact that it’s not suitable for them, I would be sitting proud like Smaug on a small mountain of gold. Sadly, this isn’t the case, but the frustration I feel for these people hasn’t subsided.

There simply is no point in progressing through the system just for the sake of it.

In the 14 years since we founded Ticket to Ride we have seen people go on from our trips to forge all sorts of wonderful and interesting careers in a whole range of industries.

Joey MacGibbon was the first person to sign onto our South Africa trip, back in 2006. At the time he was enrolled to join the army the following September. Following the 10 week South Africa trip, his perspective changed somewhat, he extended his ticket and when September came around he was keen to pursue a different avenue. He has now had the best part of 10 years working as a professional chef, which has allowed him to travel, working in a range of interesting locations; and it just so happens that he’ll be working in our chalets this Winter. It’s just one example, but it’s a great highlight of the affect the Ticket to Ride experience can have on people. It has genuinely changed his life.

Of course, there will be some out there who would believe that would have been better off if Joey hadn’t taken a gap year, had gone straight into the army, and would have spent his early twenties as an officer in her majesty’s guard. But no doubt this would have been an unhappy period in his life, and simply prolonging the inevitable. Joey went on to do what he wanted to do, altered his horizon and made a success of it. Joey’s example is one of many. We could write a book on these sort of stories and the way that the Ticket to Ride experiences have changed people’s outlook, careers, lifestyle, path, and ultimately made their live a more fulfilling and positive place.

Over the next few months we will be running a campaign documenting a handful of these stories in order to help inspire people out there to take their own destiny by the horns, and define their own lives in a way they might not have thought possible. We will also be talking a lot more about how to actually get out there and make a career in an alternative industry. We want people to understand that choosing a job in “lifestyle” sports doesn’t have to be purely seasonal, and we want to help people forge long lasting careers and have the confidence to invest in their dream job.

We’ve also partnered up with Wavehunters, who operate one of the UK’s largest surf schools, based on Polzeath beach, to make sure that the people who come off the Ticket to Ride course have a direct route to employment, and in turn, we’ll be able to reciprocate their team in the Winter, in our chalets. This is on top of our partnership with Surf Camp Australia, hooking people up with a job down under after the South Africa course, and not to mention the Ski/Snowboard placements in New Zealand, Canada and Italy that we help people get year after year.

Not everyone who does one of our courses wants to go one and forge a career in the industry, some just want the time of their life or a break from the norm, but for those that do we are going to do our damnedest to get them placements and ensure that the job opportunities come. If you want your dream job all you have to do is get out there and make it happen, there will be ups and downs, and there will feel like times when the tide is against you, but we’ll be here to guide you through the shadows and lead you into the light.

Amen.