9 Surprising Benefits of Hospitality Jobs
There has never been a better time to launch a career in hospitality.
Luxury tourism is at an all time high, the travel and tourism industry is growing steadily, and hospitality companies are hiring like crazy. More than ever, the hospitality industry is seeing exciting developments in technology and customer experience, leading to more diverse and specialized employment opportunities. All the signs point to hospitality careers being a good choice. Plus, there are some hidden perks that most people don’t know.
Here are 9 rather surprising benefits and reasons why hospitality jobs make for great global careers.
1. It’s been proven to improve creative thinking
It has been proven that travel broadens the mind, yet science now suggests that even those keeping their feet firmly on the ground can reap the creative benefits of hospitality jobs. Psychological Researcher Annie Murphy Paul demonstrates how creative thinking is best when an individual breaks the standard working 9-5 cycle. In Time magazine she explains how the monotony of a rigid routine doesn’t ‘promote flexible, open-minded thinking’. In short, people who have more diversity in their work schedule harness a much more creative thought process.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun”
2. It promotes good health and a positive mindset
With a career in hospitality, comes the ability to see the world – which has demonstrable links to improving mental and physical health. Frequent travelers see a significant reduction in anxiety, depression and stress as well as having lower rates of heart attacks, better immune systems, cognitive flexibility and even improved life expectancy.
Many hospitality and luxury companies have properties on every continent, so their employees can transfer internally to work abroad. That means that travel isn’t just a possibility, it is encouraged and facilitated. By choosing a hospitality job, you are investing in a career that has endless possibilities and making a positive long-term commitment to your health.
3. It’s an adaptable, universal experience
Due to the fact that hospitality centers around providing a fantastic customer experience, hospitality jobs hone a skill set that is globally recognized and applicable to any business, in any corner of the planet. Plus, a hotel is a microcosm that can provide experience in everything from culinary arts to finance, human resources, project management and communications, to purchasing, business management and entertainment.
That’s what makes a degree in hospitality a great major: it’s a spring board into strong industry sector, and it opens up the doors to other career transitions later on. Especially when you consider that a staggering 50-75% of all US college students switch majors at least once before graduation. Hospitality is already a highly diversified field, and the perfect segway into many other fields.
“The best place to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
4. Hospitality is one of the most secure industries
By 2025, 10.5% of all jobs worldwide will be in hospitality and tourism and it’s expected to contribute a gargantuan $11.3 trillion to the world economy in GDP.
This is fantastic news because with the onset of AI and automation, many roles in other sectors are becoming redundant in the workplace. Thankfully, hospitality jobs are somewhat immune to this on a fundamental level. Whilst a job in hospitality can of course be aided by technology like bar software and virtual reality, it certainly cannot be replaced by it. This is because of it’s core principle: human interaction. Fortune Insiders looked at jobs that are most likely to be replaced by technology by calculating a job’s automation potential in percentages. The findings concluded that roles involving ‘managing and developing people’, ‘decision-making, planning or creative work’, and ‘interacting with customers, suppliers or stakeholders’ were among the hardest to automate, and therefore had the lowest A.P. potential.
Just look at a few of the more than 33,000 hospitality job offers on Hosco, and you’ll see those soft skills and people-facing roles are the heart of the hospitality jobs.
5. You can sample the finer things in life
Hospitality organizations focus on providing the very best in customer experience, and with disposable personal income up by 3.4% at the close of 2016, it is in the industry’s interest to pull even more out of the bag for their customers in coming years. this is especially relevant in the food & beverage industry, where a significant part of travel spending takes place.
People who work in the field of hospitality often have exclusive access to the very best food, fine wines, and luxury accommodations. Glion alumna Blanca Bertely said “during my management training program…I was surrounded by very talented, kind chefs who let me try incredible dishes.” and that inspired her to open her own high-end pastry shop.
With an NBC poll revealing that 72% of millennials prioritize experience over material things, a career exploring the very best of the best is now more appealing than ever.
6. It doesn’t always feel like work
Hospitality polled at #6 in the top 10 ‘Happiest industries’ based on responses such as ‘I’m excited about my work and projects’, ‘I work with great people’ and ‘I feel recognized and appreciated.’
Hospitality companies are doing everything they can to raise professional satisfaction, so that job turnover is significantly reduced. This means that employees can rise through the ranks quickly, and obtain larger salaries over time. That might explain why it is the chosen industry for an estimated 212 million employees worldwide.
7. There are significant opportunities for growth
Statistically speaking, Millennials seek out jobs that will excite them and, according to the Harvard Business Review, claim that ‘growth opportunity’ is one of the most important factors when choosing a role. With the worldwide travel that hospitality affords employees comes a wealth of possibility and endless new contacts with which to network.
Regardless of the path you see your career going down, networking and meeting new people is where opportunity sparks. People now in the fields of customer service and hospitality jobs, on average, encounter 3 times as many people on any given day than those in other industries. Gordon Ramsay himself started out by studying for a degree in Hotel Management, but has since been scouted for his skill and charisma as a television personality.
8. It hones emotional intelligence
Research from HVS shows that leaders in the field of hospitality share some common traits. Namely, they have extraordinarily high rates of emotional intelligence. This is a skill set honed by the hospitality industry from experiencing different cultures, extensive social interaction and understanding the nature of creating a comfortable environment for all and as it turns out, the rise of A.I. makes emotional intelligence more important than ever.
Individuals with higher emotional IQ’s have several advantages, they have better relationships, better manage their own physical health and even go on to become more successful.
9. It makes you more employable
Ironically, having a job in hospitality makes other employers far more likely to consider your application. That is because of honing what is known as ‘soft skills’ which encompass communication, humility, collaboration and interpersonal awareness. In January of this year, a poll by Forbes revealed that top HR representatives, CEOs and recruiters rank ‘soft skills’ as their main priority. Statistically speaking, this means that a person with a hospitality background is actually far more in demand than someone with even extensive technical ability.
And last but not least….
These benefits come as no surprise to us at Glion Institute of Higher Education. Since 1962, we’ve been preparing students to enter this dynamic, global industry and we recently published a booklet featuring 55 hospitality career stories from our alumni, to celebrate our 55th anniversary. To this list, we’ll add one last reason why a career in hospitality is a great choice, it’s the element that our students experience before they even graduate from Glion.
10. Hospitality management programs are awesome
The quickest way to a stellar hospitality management career is to start with a recognized hospitality degree, and all of the best hospitality schools include hands-on hospitality courses and internships. Instead of classrooms and general education courses, our students dive straight into the heart of the industry with applied-learning courses in the student-run restaurants, reception areas, and rooms division. Then, they head off to get real-world experience on internship. The next step is applied management courses before a second internship that adds up to one year of hospitality experience before they even graduate. It’s really a transformative experience, not just a university program.
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This article was written in collaboration with Cluboid.