By Saagar Panchal, Founder & CEO, Hireavilla Hospitality Pvt
The Indian hospitality industry poises to be one of the biggest employers. Competition is tough and to be extremely successful, you need to do things differently. Here’s a quick guide for aspiring young professionals to build a career in the hospitality industry. Employment in the Indian hospitality industry encompasses a vast variety of options. It includes jobs working in hotels, restaurants, casinos, cafés, theme parks and many other fields you may have never even considered. As more and more people are looking out for an escape from their routine to unwind the Travel and the Hospitality Industry takes the centre stage enabling countless opportunities for all.
To give you a head start, Hotel & tourism management courses is a good way
The Tourism & Hotel Management related courses are primarily a three to a four-year program in which students are trained to work in the Hospitality/Tourism sector that includes – hotel administration, hospital, airline, cruise line, MNCs, culinary sector, menu planning, management, marketing, etc. This course gives you a comprehensive study of the Hospitality/Tourism sector and educates youngsters about all the aspects of the same. With appropriate educational and professional training, this course empowers students to venture out on their own and be pioneers of this industry.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many affluent institutions hire professionals with a bachelor’s or a postgraduate degree. Degrees are mandatory for managerial positions and above. Moreover, the different degrees in this field teach you about different aspects of the industry and help you to understand the intricacies of this field and helps you to emerge out as an expert. The primary benefit of the aforementioned courses is that they give you both theoretical and practical knowledge. Some institutions place their students in elite organisations as interns to let them experience the groundwork on the forefront. Hospitality and tourism industry is an ocean of opportunities anyone can find easily a red carpet to start a career in this industry due to its wide range of opportunities.
If you want to be successful in the hospitality industry, I suggest you to focus on this TOP 4 things:
A. Enhancing your listening skills:
In this industry, the most important thing that you need to learn is to listen well. In addition to people management, students are taught to be patient, listen to the consumers, analyse the issue and then act on it. Losing your temper or making rash decisions is not something that is tolerated by the management.
B. Owning the management space:
Business management is extremely important for personal growth and the growth of the institution you are working in. These insights are extremely important for enhancing growth and developing the industry to make it stand out in the market.
C. Opportunity to understand the industry from inside
In the industry where you are associated with consumers, managing people on the inside and outside is extremely tough. It is a tricky business which needs to be handled with expertise. In the run of making a significant difference in the life of a traveller/guest, you need to be on your toes to make it the best experience of their lives.
D. Learning about marketing
Without marketing, a consumer is not going to know anything about your brand and its place in the market. From print campaigns to digital to loud posters, you need to know about everything that can be done to make your brand appear in the eyes of the customer and then live up to their expectations.
In the world filled with five stars, travel booklets, innumerable campaigns, and pop up ads, you are going to need to make your own space. The first step to this is by earning an educational degree, doing your groundwork and stepping your foot in the world by being completely prepared. So, if you have ever dreamed of making it big in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, you know what to do!