About this Book

Working in Play: Planning for a Career in the Recreation and Leisure Industry in Canada – First Edition provides a thorough introduction to the career possibilities in the Recreation and Leisure Industry through use of a detailed explanation of where  jobs can be found and job statistics. First and foremost it defines the industry through a job’s perspective lens. The topic is anchored by a historical review of recreation and leisure in Canada and the book includes how to job search, the importance of networking and types of interviews with interview tips for success. Throughout the book are first-person accounts from graduates of Fanshawe College’s Recreation and Leisure Services program on their career journey.

About the Author 

Linda Whitehead, BA, M Ed, MBA, is a professor at Fanshawe College where she teaches in the Recreation and Leisure Services program. Prior to teaching at Fanshawe College, Linda was a professional soccer coach for 25 years, coaching in the CIS and NCAA D1 as well as with the Canadian Women’s Soccer National program. Upon retiring from coaching, Linda attended the University of Liverpool attaining her MBA in Football Industry and then returned home to London ON to teach at Fanshawe College. Her first introduction to OER textbooks was when she adopted the Fundamentals in Business OER textbook for her Introduction to Business Management in Recreation course. Using a free online textbook was extremely well received by the students and motivated Linda to write this book.

Accessibility Statement

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