How to start your career in the Hospitality industry

How to start your career in the Hospitality industry

There are many good reasons to get into the hospitality industry, but how do you start a career in the hospitality sector?

Taking an Apprenticeship is an excellent way to enter the Hospitality sector because you get structured training, gain a qualification and of course, earn a salary.

Different roles within this sector offer plenty of opportunities to utilise your skills. You’ll need to enjoy working with people, be energetic, and be committed to delivering excellent service. You could be working in a restaurant, bar, café, pub, hotel, holiday resort, conference centre or even on a cruise ship.

So why work in the Hospitality sector in the first place?

You may have heard that a career in the Hospitality Industry is fun and exciting. You’re correct! It’s increasingly common for students to work while they complete their studies, and a job in Hospitality often fits around their school life allowing them to work in the evenings or at weekends. But did you realise there’s a world of opportunities and a range of qualifications available beyond that entry-level position?

Guaranteed work

As humans, we will always need to eat, drink, and sleep. Because of this, there will always be vacancies available if you’re out of work. You could make use of the enormous scope of jobs and gain as much experience as you can in different places of work. Or, stay with the same employer for a few years! Where else could you get that sort of variety and reassurance that a place of work was always out there for you?

Great atmosphere

Employers who are looking for people to work for them in Hospitality aren’t going to hire people who aren’t bright and friendly toward their customers. Therefore, the people you are working with all day will be some of the most vibrant, lively and fun people you’ll ever meet! Working in an environment like this means it never gets boring.

It Creates Opportunities all over the World

Since every country in the world has a Hospitality industry, all the skills you learn are readily transferable to use anywhere which is unlike almost any other sector. Meaning that a career in this sector can lead you all over the world, discovering new countries, new culture, and new people. As well as getting a job in Hospitality in a foreign country, there are also opportunities to work on cruise liners and other means of travel where someone with the skills in Hospitality are utilised.

Brighten people’s days and gain social skills

The Hospitality sector is extremely social. No matter what role you’re working in, every time you come into work you’re making someone’s day that little bit better. The sector that you work in is all about the customer’s face-to-face experience. It’s not about computer programmes or spreadsheets, it’s about making people happy. Since you’re interacting with so many people face-to-face on a daily basis your social skills will grow to be outstanding and you’ll gain an abundance of confidence that you may have never had before. You’ll perfect the art of small talk, and you’ll meet people from all over the world that will provide you with a great amount of cultural insight.

Flexible Working Hours

If you’re looking for something different from the typical 9-5 hours, a career in Hospitality is the right choice for you. Hospitality workers are busy round the clock. Depending on their field, client needs, and their own personal preferences they may end up working night shifts and day shifts. This flexibility is perfect if you’re a working parent, or simply looking for a way to achieve your optimal work-life balance.

At Paragon Skills, we offer intermediate and advanced Hospitality Apprenticeships. Here are the courses available:

Hospitality Team Member Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

The Hospitality Team Member Level 2 Apprenticeship standard will teach you everything you need to start your career in the diverse hospitality sector. Whilst undertaking your hospitality Apprenticeship, you could be working in a number of establishments including hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs, conference centres, holiday resorts or even for a contract caterer.

Hospitality Supervisor Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

If you are interested in undertaking your Hospitality Supervisor Level 3 Apprenticeship, then you already know that you enjoy working in the lively world of hospitality. You thrive in a busy environment, enjoy communicating with people from all backgrounds, and you are passionate about providing an excellent level of customer service.

If you are interested in learning whilst you are earning a salary, gaining valuable work experience and nationally recognised qualifications, then have a look at our Apprenticeship Vacancies and see what opportunities are available in your area. Also, find out more about the type of Apprenticeship training available.

For any questions you might have please contact us on 0800 783 2545, talk to our customer service using the live chat service, or send us an email at

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