We take a look at jobs in the hospitality industry, the type of jobs you can do and how flexible they might be.
Once children arrive, our work priorities change and many of us decide to seek a role in a new sector. Many parents find that working in hospitality is an appealing way to juggle family commitments and the need for a job.
Opportunities in the ‘hospitality industry’ largely describe jobs you would find in a hotel, many of which suit working mums and dads. Sometimes ‘hospitality’ also means roles in bars and restaurants, and you could come across roles on cruise ships – although these are obviously less family friendly!
There are all kinds of hospitality jobs, from reservation roles on the check-in desk to chefs, waiting staff, bartenders, porters and cleaners. There are also numerous senior roles such as Operations Manager, Front Office Supervisor or a manager of a particular team of staff.
Sometimes, leisure sector roles such as gym manager or beauticians can come under hospitality jobs too.
Because hotel customers expect a round-the-clock service, shift working is common in the hospitality industry. For some families shift work is a good way to ensure there’s always a parent at home with the children – but do factor in the need to sleep!
Yet equally, some jobs in hotels can provide regular daytime work. Cleaning, lunchtime waitressing and bar service can often fit the bill here, and many of the more senior roles can fit with the nine to five.
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Most online job sites will list roles against a hospitality work sector, so performing a search should bring up hotel vacancies. If you have a particular job title in mind, this will help narrow down the results.
Do bear in mind, though, that if there is a particular hotel nearby you can look on their website for hospitality recruitment opportunities – or even drop by to enquire. There are usually vacancies in most hotels, as they employ a lot of people.
As with any role, getting jobs in hotels will often require relevant experience, so make sure you tailor your CV and covering letter to highlight work you have done where you interacted with customers or had good feedback about the standard of your work.
Once you’ve landed a job in the hospitality industry, a wide range of career paths open up to you. Many people move on from an entry level role to become a supervisor and then a manager. Because hotels employ many people, vacancies at the next level up come along fairly often.
You could also move on from a hotel role into tourism jobs, retail roles or other management opportunities. It’s a wide and varied sector that can create an interesting career – yet gives you the option to fit around family life and commitments too.