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Working in Hotel: Career Advice for Hospitality Students

July 30, 2011

hospitality management career adviceEach one of you may have different reasons for considering a career in the hotel and catering industry. It is no doubt a fascinating and exciting industry to work in. Now that you are familiar with career possibilities in the various departments of a hotel, let us see what it is actually like to be working in one.

Change Your Attitude First: A hotel, in particular a five star deluxe hotel, symbolizes glamour, and most of us are fascinated by this glamorous outer veneer. It is easy to be carried away by the expensive decor, the exotic cuisine and the awe inspiring, smartly turned out people-both guests and staff. We imagine that working in a hotel is only about escorting celebrities and leading an extravagant lifestyle.

Certainly, in a hotel you will get an opportunity to meet different kinds of successful people, well placed officials and businessmen, film stars, politicians and dignitaries. However, working in a hotel is not like going to a party. You must realize that your experience as a guest or a visitor is totally different from that of working as an employee of that every hotel where they come.

You must understand the kind of demands a job in a hotel makes, in order to come to a conscious and well thought decision, based on a realistic picture of what you are in for. It is better to be forearmed and forewarned, than to feel disillusioned later.

Long Working Hours: Since hotels come under essential services, they are open round the clock. So a job in a hotel is nothing but time bound. If you are looking for a 9 to 5 job then I must say hotels are not the perfect working place for you.

Although, officially, all staff members are supposed to work for 8 hours, most often you end up working considerably longer. Hotels are open twenty four hours a day throughout the year and the staffs are required to maintain various services. Therefore, all hotels have a shift system. There are basically three shifts, each of eight hours duration. Except for the personnel and secretarial staffs, who have a 9 to 5 shift, all others have to work in the morning, afternoon or night shift by rotation. You may have morning shift for a week then may be asked to do an evening or even night shift in the next week. Even there may be changes in shifts within a week. In the beginning you may find it difficult to get accustomed to these changing working hours but if you can maintain a positive attitude and learn to enjoy your work in different time then there is no reason you should find these adjustment too difficult. But as I said earlier, all over the world female hoteliers get more advantages in terms of working hours than their male colleagues.

Working Odd Hours: Since you will be working in shifts, you will have odd working hours. This will impose a restriction on your social life. You may find that you are not free when your friends are, or vice-versa. However, an opportunity to make friends and other meaningful relationships exists in the hotel itself. So many people from different backgrounds come under one roof, that perhaps, you wont even feel the need for a large social circle. However, the shifts and odd working hours do tend to take away from the time available to spend with your friends, family or doing hobbies.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Z February 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I work 10 hours a day five days a week. Is this normal? I’m exhausted.


2 sathis kumar February 2, 2012 at 12:14 am

the message which is given in the site
us very gooe and true
i m in hotel industry past 7 years
belive me the data all give which is coinside with concern property

sathish et


3 Roshan Mallik September 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

Ya its very great pleasure to work in the hotel. Surely a nice effort to uplift this.
Thanx Buddy.


4 Chhan Chhunney August 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

It would be grade for hotel industry


5 M.B.M. Siraj August 3, 2011 at 5:39 am

Presently, I’m working as a Banquet waiter in Abu Dhabi National Exibitiopn Centere – UAE. I Have More than 3 years experience in relevent feild in 5* 4* class hotels in Sri Lanka.
I wish to relocate to same feild.



6 SAMORA August 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Helloz, i will definately agree with you when it comes to time bound.True operating hours are usually h8 hours a wek but however that is only respected in 5 star hotels rather than iot being uniform with the rest.We as scothee we shall sensitize hotel owners to prpovide reliable and safer working conditions for all classes of workers irrespective of status.Thanks.


7 sourabh bhattacharya August 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

yes, very true i realy mis a lot my friends and family time to spend with them. but i’m happy, work is simple in hotel as everyone has guest to host in home, at the same time also you get paid for this.


8 Hotelier Tanji August 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Just the perfect thinking everyone in the hospitality business should follow. Yes it becomes easy when you think that you are getting payment for hosting your friends !!!


9 faiza muramba July 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm

front office job


10 Ali Bin Juma July 31, 2011 at 3:12 am

I think this is correct, but there is much more to add
Many thanks for the continued efforts to promote hospitality business.
Good luck.


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