Whether you’re a movie star or a concrete worker, a famous athlete or a dishwasher – there are going to be times when you hate your job.
The real key to choosing a career, though, isn’t whether you’ll have occasional down moments. You have to look at the challenges and the potential rewards, the opportunity for advancement and the work atmosphere. Most of all, you should want a job that you look forward to, day after day.
Working in the hospitality industry checks all of those boxes, and then some. Here are 7 reasons to think about a career in hospitality.
To succeed in the hospitality industry, you need to have great people skills and enjoy interacting with clients. Hospitality managers understand that, which is why they hire outgoing, friendly people. Your coworkers will be the type of people who make the work environment enjoyable and fun.
Cubicle jobs get old in a hurry. In a hotel or restaurant, something is always happening and you’ll be kept on your toes. Whether it’s a big event, an unexpected rush of guests or a problem that needs solving in a hurry, you’ll stay busy – and you’ll rarely be bored.
When people visit a restaurant or hotel, they’re expecting to have a good time. It’s up to the staff to make sure that they do. It doesn’t matter whether you work in housekeeping or reception, the front of the house or the back; your job is to make your guests happy, and the feeling of satisfaction that brings is one of the most important rewards a hospitality worker can receive.
Hotels operate on a 24 hour schedule and many restaurants are open just as long each day. If you’re trying to balance work with school or the demands of family – or if you’re working several jobs for financial reasons – shifts can often be arranged to meet your personal needs. Seasonal openings are common in the industry as well, so you can work for part of the year and relax during the off-months.
Even in bad economic times, the hospitality industry still needs skilled workers. Combine that with the fact that employee turnover in the industry is always high, and there’s always lots of opportunity for advancement. Openings for better jobs within the same facility, or chances to move up the ladder to management, are just about more plentiful than in any other industry.
See the World
Employees who perform well for a hospitality chain will likely have the opportunity to move to other hotels or restaurants in the company, often for promotions attached. And since the same skill sets are used (and needed) in the industry worldwide, you’re usually able to easily find a new job in any state or country where you want to live.
Perks, Perks, Perks
You may not get rich working in the hospitality industry – that is, unless or until you move into upper-level management. But the perks available to you when you work in a restaurant (food!) or hotel (free or discounted rooms, plus food!) would make employees in other businesses drool. You might meet celebrities, or develop business relationships which could lead to complimentary tickets, meals, flights, cruises or similar goodies. The holiday parties are great, too.
Above all, hospitality is an exciting and fun industry. That means a hotel or restaurant position is almost guaranteed to be more enjoyable than a normal, mundane job every day of the week.