Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

As a Cruise Tourism Management graduate there are numerous possibilities regarding how to start a career. Obviously, many graduates decide to work in the cruise industry. While some adventurous graduates work onboard a cruise ship for  some time, our students’ qualifications mainly fit land-based management positions. Potential employers are cruise shipping companies, cruise operators, cruise terminals, cruise handling and port agents as well as their suppliers and partners.

Graduates who would like to work in tourism but not necessarily in the cruise sector find jobs at tour operators, travel agencies, hotel chains or destination management companies. Specialised consulting firms, associations and public institutions in the tourism sector are also potential employers. 

Thanks to the broad scope of knowledge that CTM students gain during their studies it is also possible to start a career in a different industry. With a suitable Master’s degree graduates can work in other areas of the leisure industry, related service sectors or even the finance sector.

Our graduates have been hired by: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, TUI Deutschland, Kuoni, Comdirect Bank, McKinsey & Co. and many more.


Master studies 

Every year, many of our graduates decide to continue their studies at Master's level. Given their English language skills and their international orientation, we encourage them to apply to universities abroad, especially in the UK where Master degrees have a long tradition. In the UK, most Master programmes are only one year long. This matches perfectly our 4-year CTM programme because the European higher education framework demands a minimum of 5 years of study before a Master's degree can be obtained. So far, our graduates have started or completed Master´s degrees for example at London School of Economics, Bournemouth University, Pace University in New York, Universidad de Valencia, Linköpings Universitet in Sweden and at many others. 

Of course, there are also numerous opportunities in Germany. Many renowned universities offer advanced tourism programmes but graduates can also choose to deepen their knowledge in a different field. Some students specialize in Human Resource Management, Finance or Economics.