Pursuing a Career in Hotel Management

Anyone who has spent any time at all in a luxury resort understands that managing a hotel, let alone a world-class luxury resort, is a major challenge. There are numerous challenges that face people in this career path. Many of the guests speak a language that isn't native to the area. The guests seem to have higher and higher expectations as technology continues to advance. Resorts and hotels are constantly competing with each other to consistently impress prospective customers more than their competition. With the global landscape of hotel management constantly changing and evolving, it is no wonder that people are looking to get started with a career in hotel management. While this is a popular career path, this isn't a career path that is talked about or promoted heavily as people are going through school. What are some common questions?

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  1. Do salaries vary based on location?
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    Yes. Just like any career, the salaries will vary based on the location because the cost of living also varies by location. Every hotel chain will offer salaries that are designed to be competitive within the marketplace and geographic region.

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  2. Do I need a college or graduate degree to pursue a career in hotel management?
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    Unfortunately, the answer to this question doesn't have a straight answer. The question is very much hotel chain dependent. The higher-end luxury resorts will require a college, or even graduate, degree for people to hold a position high in the corporate ladder. Other hotels might not require a college degree at all. People do not need a degree for entry level positions.

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  3. Do I need to speak a second language to be competitive for a position in a hotel management firm?
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    A second language is certainly not required to get started in hotel management; however, it will always help someone become a more competitive applicant. Guests come from all over the world and speak a variety of languages. Anyone who can communicate with guests in their native tongue will have the upper hand when applying for a position.

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  4. If I am in high school or college, what are some ways I can gain experience in hotel management?
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    This is a common question for high-achieving students looking to get ahead. Many college students will take summer jobs in the Caribbean with hotel chains in entry level positions. The ability for college students to speak English in the Caribbean is a valuable asset that every resort is looking for. It is also a great way to enjoy a vacation.

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  5. If I accept a position in the Caribbean are there ways to cut my overhead costs?
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    Obviously, college students aren't usually flush with cash. Many hotels in the Caribbean will offer to provide meals or even lodging to college students and interns who work for the company during the summer. They understand that it is hard to find short-term housing. Some hotel chains will provide accommodations for their interns.

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  6. If I am looking to graduate with a degree that is relevant to hotel management, what should I major in?
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    The major that most college students study in college is called hospitality. This is a degree that provides students with the foundations required to provide for guests in a variety of settings. The classes will include the basics of managing and growing an individual hotel as well as pertinent information to the hotel industry in general.

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  7. What qualities does a person looking for a career in hotel management require?
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    People looking for jobs in the hotel industry need to be able to adapt readily to change. The hotel industry has undergone major changes in the past few decades. Without a doubt, more changes are coming. People should be ready to meet these changes.

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  8. Does someone in hotel management need to hire and fire people?
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    This depends on how high up the person sits in the corporate ladder. At a certain point, people are making decisions on who to hire and when to fire. This is certainly a part of the job that people looking for a career in hotel management should be ready for.

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