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Hospitality and event management

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Putting the customer first

An obsession with customer satisfaction, a positive attitude and a practical mindset are key to success in hospitality, leisure and event management. They can be rewarding careers, too: you could be present at some of the most meaningful times in people’s lives. Hospitality and events management offers opportunities for both graduates and non-graduates. While some large employers offer training schemes and graduate programmes, you are equally likely to apply for individual entry-level vacancies, such as events administrator or trainee manager.

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Hospitality is all about putting the needs of the customer first, which can be rewarding but also demanding. You will need to be prepared to work some non-conventional hours, such as late nights and on the weekends, for example if you’re working in a restaurant or a hotel, which may not suit everyone.

Being an event manager can be really exciting job, if you have the personality to match it. Working with different clients on different types of events, from business conferences to music festivals, keeps things dynamic and allows you to flex your creative muscles. As with hospitality roles, you will need to be prepared to work irregular hours, however.

It depends on what you mean by stable. It is undeniable that the recent covid pandemic placed a lot of strain on the hospitality industry, but, generally speaking but, such a people-focused sector will always provide career opportunities, even with developments in technology. It’s traditionally been relatively easy for hospitality workers to move roles and certain areas of the sector are suffering from skills shortages. However, the hospitality sector is also known for having a high number of workers on zero-hour contracts and not small levels of bankruptcy.

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