Why hospitality is a great sector to work in!
By: Kayleigh, redwigwam
Looking for work? Have you ever thought about a job in hospitality? We've taken a quick look at some of the reasons why hospitality is a great sector to work in.
As one of the largest sectors globally and a huge contributor to GDP, the hospitality industry is an exciting place to work. With all of its different facets and variety of jobs, it’s the place to be if you want to learn a variety of skills that will set you up for whatever career path you decide on in the future. If you prefer an active job and an office job doesn’t appeal to you, this could be an excellent sector for you to work in.
Whether you decide to work in restaurants, catering, bars, pubs, clubs, events, conferences, hotels, cafes, spas, in each one there are a plethora of roles to choose from. A hotel practically has its own eco-system in itself. Working in a hotel, you could start as waiting or bar staff and work your way up to a higher position if you wanted. Within a hotel you could work in HR, finance, management, project management, events, PR, operations, to name just a few. The same can be said for other hospitality venues too.
As many things become automated and AI is used more and more in recent times, this is unlikely to affect hospitality so much as the nature of this industry relies very heavily on human interaction and the soft skills of people.
This should mean that there will always be plenty of jobs in the sector. Whilst you are working on gaining experience, you would also be adding to your soft skills such as customer service, teamwork, interpersonal skills, communication skills, problem solving, resilience, organisation. These skills are very transferrable, are universally recognised and will serve you well throughout your life.
You will usually find that in hospitality shift times are very varied and flexible, which is great for if you have other commitments that you need to fit in around your work. You will meet a variety of interesting people from different cultures and backgrounds working in hospitality, whom you never would’ve normally encountered. This gives a new perspective and broadens your horizons.
Hospitality is perfect for people who get bored easily as every day is different and there are many different roles that you can try out. You can see if you prefer a customer facing role or behind the scenes. The variety of businesses in the sector mean that it is possible to be working in any size organisation from a small family-run business or a large-scale global company.
On top of the personal growth from new experiences working in hospitality and the boost in skill set, there can also be an excellent reward system in the form of company benefits, depending on who you work for. Many venues offer their staff free food and drinks whilst on shift. Some companies can offer their staff free or discounted hotels rooms for themselves or for family and friends. And, if you’re lucky, you might even benefit from discounted flights and foreign holidays! Also, depending on which role you are in, you might get tips from your customers to add to your wages.
Basically, there are many benefits to working in hospitality, why not try it out!?