More and more young people are choosing to start a career in hospitality. In fact, 29% of the hospitality workforce is under 21! If you too are looking to enter the hospitality industry, but are not sure how, read on to discover the best ways to get started.

What kind of jobs are there in the hospitality industry?

The variety of roles in the hospitality industry has skyrocketed in recent years. Jobs in the hospitality industry include the obvious operational side (catering jobs, food service, front of house) but there are also corporate roles, such as strategic management. Successful restaurants and hotels are now looking for marketing positions, social media roles and bloggers to help promote their business. Take some time to decide which areas interest you and research the range of hospitality job roles available.

What qualifications do I need?

A degree isn’t necessary for many hospitality jobs, but a relevant qualification in hospitality will certainly be an asset! It proves to potential employers that you are dedicated to the industry and keen to learn. Hospitality qualifications can vary from national diplomas to master’s degrees. Employers will also be looking for professional skills such as good communication, teamwork and enthusiasm.

Do I need experience?

If you don’t already have experience, be prepared to take what you can to get a foot in the door. Many of the most successful people in the hospitality industry started in pot wash and waitressing jobs! From there, show your dedication and enthusiasm to learn about the industry and different areas of the business. Take time to assess what your long-term objectives are, and the steps needed to get you there.

Look out for hospitality training programs

A training program is a great way to get paid work, hands-on experience and work towards relevant qualifications. Training providers such as HIT offer some great hospitality apprentice programs.

Search for the best jobs online

Searching for jobs online is a fast and effective way to find the right role for you. Platinum Recruitment is a nationwide hospitality recruitment agency. We update our website with over 350 job roles every month. If you are looking to start your career in the hospitality industry, search our wide range of jobs now or email the team at