The business offers lodging and accommodation services in all forms with food and beverages. Today’s world offers a wide range of career options in hotel management. Moreover, with globalization gaining acceptance in more and more countries, the hotel management industry is truly becoming global.
As the hotel chain owners are opening new hotels in big cities and towns, the requirement of hospitality professionals is in high demand. The hospitality business is one of the most challenging careers in terms of mindset and temperament required to keep things cool in case of crisis.
The hotel management industry offers job opportunities in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Cruise Ship Hotel management, Hospital Administration and Catering, Hotel and Tourism Associations, Airline Catering and Cabin Services, Club management, Forest Lodges, Guest Houses and many more horizontal. The soon collaboration of the aviation industry with hotel management will boost the hotel industry in the next couple of years. Let’s discuss the career opportunity in the hotel management business.
One thing to keep in mind is that the nature of a Hotel Management job depends upon the department and the role you are assigned to. Some jobs require you to stay away from home. Some jobs may be very challenging, and some may be hassle-free. Hospital Management is usually teamwork, and you should be ready to work as a team. Work hours may be stretched during the seasonal time.
After completing a course in Hotel Management usually consist of diploma, advance diploma or certification courses there are many opportunities as there is always a demand for skilled candidates. Large hotel chains like Taj, Oberoi, Hilton, ITC, Le Meridien, Sarovar Park and Ambassador etc. select students through campus placement drives from some of the top universities of India.
Front office: While working in a front office you are expected to deal with booking, making reservations, receiving guests, maintaining accounts, preparing bills etc. The individual has to work as a team along with the receptionist, bell boy, doorman, information assistant or supervisor.
Food and Beverages: In this domain, you’ll be held responsible for handling customer services. The most interesting role in this domain is offered to Chefs, as they are the backbone of the catering services running the whole kitchen.
Housekeeping: The main function of this department is to make sure the hotel is clean. You have to work as a team with room attendants, floor supervisors and maids etc. Ideally, you’ll be doing all hotel management specific jobs at the time of training, however, your expertise in a particular domain will be your forte in the coming years.
General Operations: This is the main department which deals with staff, customer care, quality control, room service etc. The bigger the hotel, the more the responsibilities and more is the pressure.
There are many other roles which individual has to accompany on a daily basis, these are ad-hoc basis assignment mostly assigned to fresh trainees.
It’s been said the hotel management sector offers lucrative job opportunities to freshers. However, the salary of the individual varies depending upon the nature of the job, size and brand of the hotel, and experience in this industry. After gaining a couple of years of experience, the salary of the general manager can be very high around 2-3 lac per month. As a fresher, you can expect an average starting salary somewhere around 30-55k per month plus the incentives and perks you’ll get will be an added bonus. Housekeeping supervisors and front office supervisors can earn about 35-45k after two or more years of experience. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, hotel managers are paid attractive bonuses and commissions too.
Pros: No doubt, you will get to travel a lot. Especially, if you’re working in a cruise or airline hospitality. You’ll get to meet a lot of celebrities if you’re working in a 5-star hotel. The job offers no boredom, there will always be an exciting moment. You’ll get bonuses, perks and tips regularly.
Cons: The working hours might not suit everyone, as it’s not a 9-5 job. You’ll have to be on your toes every single day, it’s a physically demanding environment. It’s difficult to please every guest, you’ll need high tolerance and patience power. Starting salary in a low budget hotel might be below. As a trainee, you’ll be exposed to pretty much every job which you might not like.
Hope this will help you out in understanding the Hotel Management industry in a nut-shell. There are other aspects as well which we’ll cover later on. In case of any query reach out in the comment section below.
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