How To Build A Successful Career in the Hospitality Industry
If you have a passion for hospitality and tourism, then a career in the hotel industry may be right for you. There are plenty of opportunities in this industry at all levels -- from entry level workings to upper management and everything in-between. If you aim to attain a high level of success in this industry, then it is important to have a game plan for your career. Here are a few factors that you should consider.
- Education. Although there are many lower-level positions in smaller hotels that may not require post-secondary education, your professional ceiling will be much higher if you do go out and get a degree. And pursuing a masters in hotel management, hospitality, or business management is also wise for anyone with big aspirations. The most prestigious hospitality schools in the world include Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, and the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland, the University of Surrey, UK, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Virginia Tech are a few other honorable mentions when it comes to the best hospitality schools in the world. Of course, regardless of where you get your credentials, the most important thing is to get them in the first place. Having a degree will open a lot of doors when it comes to professional advancement.
- Experience. Education alone is not enough to land a top job, however! In today’s competitive job market, having experience is crucial. So even as you complete your degree, working part time in the hospitality industry may be a wise choice -- even if it is in an entry level position. The more experience you gain, the more impressive your resume will become, and the more you will be able to aspire for when it comes time for your next hospitality industry job hunt.
- Networking. The old saying “it’s not always what you know, it’s who you know,” holds true in the hospitality industry. Connections will get you a long way in life, which is why it is important to always network and form connections as you work and study. If you’re not sure how to go about all of this, then this quick guide to networking in the hospitality industry, courtesy of William Blue College of Hospitality at Torrens University Australia may come in handy.
- Travel. Willingness to travel will help you advance your career in virtually every industry -- but it is especially important for those hoping to work in hotels and hospitality. That’s why we offer job listings in nearly a dozen countries here at WeHoteliers.
- Adaptability. The professional world is always changing -- and technology and globalization have ensured that the rate of change is always increasing. Staying up to date in industry news, being a lifelong learner, and having a general willingness to adapt will help you stand out among the rest of the crowd.
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