Individuals with a degree in Hospitality Management have an interest in working with people, planning and organizing in the areas of lodging, travel and tourism, conventions, restaurants, and recreation.
Before you begin to look at the different types of opportunities available to Hospitality Management majors, you must look at yourself and ask yourself a few basic questions:
Understand your major strengths, skills and accomplishments. Some examples of skills and qualities employers look for are:
Willingness to take risks
Attention to detail
Open to relocation
Examine your interests. What kind of life style do I want to lead? Examine your values...is money what you're after, job security, challenging work?
If you are having trouble answering these questions, you are not alone. Make an appointment with an advisor in the Career Center. We want to help you!
Once you know yourself, you are ready to decide where and how you want to apply this knowledge.
The typical areas of Hospitality Management that one can build a career in are:
Banquets and catering
Food and beverage
Front office operations
Leisure and recreation management
Sales and marketing
Travel and tourism
A bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management and the appropriate skills and/or experience can lead to positions as:
Public relations representative
Customer service representative
Experience in the field or an advanced degree could lead to certain positions as:
Food and beverage manager
Front office manager
Director of marketing and sales
Human resources director
For information on graduate schools, consult Peterson's.
Typical places of employment are:
Car rental agencies
Food and beverage companies