The hospitality industry is one of the few that are deeply rooted in all the countries in the world, employing hundreds of millions of people directly and indirectly. Despite the commonly held assertion that the wages and terms in hospitality are exploitative (which is true), it is still one of the best industries to work in, particularly for people straight out of college. Here's why:
There's nothing as disappointing for graduates than reading through a job ad and ticking all the boxes as far as qualifications go but getting locked out because they're not experienced enough. In hospitality, prior work experience is not a requirement, at least for most positions. One can begin working as a valet, waiter/waitress, concierge, chauffeur or receptionist with zero experience and only minor qualifications needed.
Furthermore, career progression is easier than in other industries, and one can go from manning the front office to hotel manager within a few years as long as they're committed to their job. Of all the posts a graduate can easily get when fresh out of college, jobs in restaurants and hospitality industry top the list.
The hospitality industry is constantly growing, providing millions of job opportunities every year. And as more people get used to eating out or vacationing, it is safe to say that the best is yet to come. For young people straight out of college, it's all about taking available opportunities and using them to build connections and experience. So instead of crying about unemployment, why don't you walk into the restaurant around the block and ask for a valet job?
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