When looking for a graduate role you will need to take a look the qualifications, experience and skills required.
Most of the jobs in this sector do not require a related degree and employers will recruit nearly any graduate, as long as they possess the appropriate work experience. There may be a chance that you decide you would like to work in the hospitality sector prior to applying to university, a degree in hospitality management will often include a year in the industry, thus providing you that edges when it comes to actually applying for jobs.
If you attain a degree in marketing or business, they will also be seen as relevant by employers in the sector. Commercial awareness is sought throughout events management employers, also hospitality employers, will also look for sales and marketing skills; another useful skill is holding a degree or knowledge of languages and/or fluency in a second language.
Skills employers look for:
- A people-centred approach
- Customer service skills
- Ability to work well in a team
- Flexible working hours
- Organisation skills
- Language skills
Where to find work experience:
Something that is essential to get into the hospitality industry is gaining some form of work experience, something that can be done in many ways e.g. you could do a work placement while at uni, look for a summer internship.
A majority of hospitality degrees will involve a work placement at big names including Marriott and Whitbread.
Working a job where you are building your customer service skills should not be overlooked as this will also be beneficial skills to build/improve on.
If you’re looking for a career in hospitality look no further than Gateway jobs!