What do I need to know about pursuing a career in hospitality?
I would like to start working in a hotel one day and would like to know if there is anyone that would be willing to have a conversation with me about the basics of getting started in working and managing a hotel. I would appreciate any and all feedback, thank you.
If you love talking to and being with people, the hotel business will be a great profession for you. I grew up in the business with mom and dad. Learn every aspect of running the business. Namely, all concerns in front of the desk, behind the desk, how the cleaning staff perform, how the kitchen staff perform - from top to bottom - it is a monumental task. Enroll in a local hospitality course (which I did) while I was operating a 62-room hotel, restaurant/bar/banquet facility. The tv reality series, Grand Hotel, was a great show - but now cancelled.
You will work 10-12 hours a shift as you progress in your career. The entrance level salaries in big brand hotels are one of the lowest across all job market. But ones you get to the top management, people say "its worth it", but not many make it. I have seen so many people working in hospitality in big companies, from front dest to top chefs, to GMs. It is maybe the toughest city based industry (work shift wise), perhaps after medical.