Guide: Hospitality As A Career

I’ll be the first to admit that there are days when I think to myself, why am I working in the hospitality industry? I was an ‘A’ grade student throughout high school, who had every intention of studying medicine and becoming a doctor. Yet here I was, working in an entry level job, with a low salary and often long and irregular shifts.

While occasionally those negatives might seem to be a big deal, there are many more positive reasons why I chose to pursue my career in hospitality. And sometimes you just have to stop and remind yourself what those reasons are…

  1. The hospitality Industry opens the door to an international career and travel! Every country in the world has a hospitality industry. Multinational hospitality companies such as Four Seasons, Starwood, Hyatt and Marriott have hotels located all throughout the world. This makes it very easy for you to transfer from property to property and take with you the skills you learn each time. While you may start out on a low salary and shitty hours, as you grow within the company, your salary will drastically increase and the shifts will become a bit more stable.
  2. Tourism and Hospitality is a vital and growing industry. Tourism generates $94 billion in spending per year in Australia (Tourism Australia, 2010). As a sector, tourism contributes $34 billion in GDP– that’s 2.6% of Australia’s total GDP (Tourism Australia, 2010). Tourism is Australia’s largest services export earner and provides around half a million jobs. The travel and tourism industry is the 21st century’s fastest growing industry. Therefore, providing you with ample job opportunities and room for growth either; locally, domestically or internationally.
  3. Hospitality requires you to work with people from all over the world. This includes both clients and colleagues. Each of them will bring with them, their own language, cultural normalities and ideas on how to efficiently run hospitality operations.
  4. The hospitality industry allows you to develop yourself – both professionally and personally. Not will you develop the professional skills required to be successful in the industry, but with a little bit of vulnerability, honesty, listening to others and reflecting on situations that have put you to the test, you can learn a lot about yourself.
  5. It’s creative. With today’s rapidly evolving businesses, more and more focus is on increasing revenue and cutting down on unnecessary costs. In order to do so, managers have to be creative in their daily operations. Since hospitality revolves around a product as well as people, there is always a way to improve services and our service industry skills.
  6. There are many niches within the hospitality industry, that allow you to move around, learn new skills and try new things. Whether this is food and beverage, sales and marketing, finance, front office or another area of hospitality operations, you will never feel as though you are stuck in one area.

So while you may be at a point where you are still proving yourself and your leadership skills, with a bit of hard work and dedication, the hospitality industry is a  great choice in terms of opportunity for career growth and personal development.

 

Not Just A Hotel Girl!

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