Hospitality encompasses a huge spectrum of services which you could work in after completing a business management program or gaining vital ‘on the job experience’ while working on an internship (in one of the following venues). Both of those ways result in some type of degree or certification when you graduate.
Hospitality comprises of:
- Bed and breakfast accommodation
- Vacation resorts
- Restaurant/Food and beverage establishments
- Entertainment – theme parks, casino’s etc.
- Visitor information services
Anywhere where you can be served food, obtain accommodation, hold meetings and conferences or even have fun. Hospitality is, as I described in my article about hospitality management a massive global industry which requires a very skilled workforce.
I say ‘workforce’ because there are simply too many different types of management and staff throughout this business.
What Will You Learn on Hotel Management Course?
When you want to get the edge over your competition in a highly competitive and thriving industry, you must have ALL the essential tools ‘under your belt’. And I don’t mean the tools you see hanging from a carpenter’s belt!
I mean the skills and the wider experience of a hotel. For example, if you’re working as a front of house manager, then you need to know and fully understand how the food and beverage or the housekeeping departments work.
You also need to be hugely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and self-motivated. The latter two are under your own control. You can take inspiration from other members of staff, but you are the one who will be enthusiastic and motivated. If you are not, you will struggle to retain any kind of job (not just in hospitality).
The former tools of knowledge, along with the ‘how to’s and how does’ are what you will gain on such a program, so you can move swiftly in your career advancements.
They will teach you everything you need to know and understand about working in the hotel environment and how to effectively and successfully manage a site, large or small.
What Topics Are Covered on a Hotel Management Program?
- Food and beverage preparation and serving
- Sales and marketing
As a student, you will also become proficient in the area of staff management and qualify with the interpersonal skills required to succeed as a hotel manager.
This forms part of the practical side of the program, which you could either get via on the job experience through an internship or at the school, university or college where you study who offer you the chance to work in a simulated environment as discussed in our article on hotel management schools.
A business class of this nature will give you a foundation in entrepreneurial activities and how to be a top hotelier, so you understand how to operate a hotel business proficiently so that like any large business, it is making a profit. It’s a business after all, and to keep it running, any type of hospitality venue must be profitable.
If this fundamental understanding should ‘elude’ you in any way, then your career in this industry will be very short lived.
Part of the course is geared towards case study learning. You must be prepared to study these cases, as they will be included in your course work, where you will almost certainly have to write essays about them as part of your qualification. Questions are generally asked about case studies in exams to.
What Type of Person Should Enroll on This Type of Course?
Hospitality is a perfect career choice if you are a dedicated individual and are someone who has good multi tasking abilities.
You must have this skill-set to be able to work in any kind of service industry, including hospitality. You should be self driven to see jobs out to their fruition. It is this self driven assertiveness that will push you forward and upwards from lower level management to becoming a general manager.
Showing that you are competent and career driven will bring you successful returns both with income and promotion. And it stands to reason that graduates with a higher level of training in hospitality, and who have lengthy experience would quickly progress to becoming a general manager running their own hotel, before someone with lesser credentials and ‘actual’ experience.
Show Potential Employers that you Are Someone Who Will Do ‘Whatever it Takes’!
Employers will readily employ graduates with high qualifications. When assessing candidates, they will also take into consideration your level of experience you have in any division within hospitality operations.
Some programs will offer internships and practicum, so you would obtain both the qualifications and get the experience you require over the time of the curriculum. This is an option which many people choose, as it saves time and effort of seeking out both separately.
The demand for hotel managers is increasing as the worlds economy regains it’s strength. The corporate side, along with travel and tourism is seeing an increase in all kind of bookings, as people are traveling more and more.
Individuals who get their training on a course, after having serving time on an internship are typically guaranteed to find employment in their chosen field.
As the hotel industry strengthens and grows, international managerial positions are becoming available. Again, the candidates who are most qualified and have the necessary experience in all fields of hospitality, particularly as hoteliers, are the ones who will obtain these jobs.
If your desire is to achieve an international position, you would be wise to study the tourism in the area to which you are headed. Having this additional knowledge would benefit you at application and interview time. Just imagine if you currently lived in America and you had a vast wealth of knowledge about regions in Egypt, Australia or Singapore.
When making your application, you should already hold the ability to communicate on a professional level, as well as a social level. These skills form part of day to day managerial duties and are important for successfully working as part of a management team and communicating with the public.
Our advice is to do whatever it takes to achieve your dream job in the hotel and hospitality industry. Choose the right course for you. Gain the experience. And know everything you need to know when before applying for jobs.