When you’re younger, everyone asks you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I don’t know about you, but I always answered “Princess.” Now, unless you’re Kate Middleton, that really isn’t a feasible answer.
The older you get, the more serious this question becomes and the scarier the situation gets. Picking a career field and thinking that you may be doing it for the rest of your life is a pretty intimating thought.
While my royal aspirations didn’t pan out, I was lucky enough to find my niche. But I didn’t wake up one day and have it hit me that I wanted to be a job search coach. It was something that was developed with time until I realized what would be the best fit for me.
So, what should you do if you have absolutely no clue what you want to be when you grow up?
Think about working for a place where you can have to opportunity to try out many types of jobs with completely different focuses. Like a hotel.
Many hotels have entry level positions that can really help you get your foot in the door. Hotels and resorts will have different areas that you can get a behind the scenes feel for:
1) Customer service - These types of positions include working for the front desk, guest services, and concierge, just to name a few. This is also great for someone who may be interested in working with children, as many resorts have child services and programs. If you’re a people person who loves interacting with guests, you should really consider starting here.
2) Restaurant - Many hotels have restaurants or cafes in the building. This includes jobs such as host, server, bartender and chef. In addition, there will usually be a kitchen dedicated to room service which will also need a lot of help cooking, plating, serving, etc. This is a great chance to work in a fast paced environment to see if the industry is right for you.
3) Maintenance - Ever been stuck in an elevator? Had the TV not work? AC stop? These can all be nightmares for hotel guests and hotels will have maintenance employees on staff to make sure these types of situations are handled quickly and efficiently.
4) Management - Every department in a hotel will need someone to manage the staff. Whether it is at the front desk, at the pool or at the spa, working management at a hotel can give you great experience and a wide range of responsibilities.
5) Event planning - Events are a huge business for hotels, which makes having good event planners very important. These types of jobs are ideal if you are very organized. You will also gain experience with a wide range of clients – businesses, weddings, families, nonprofits, etc – that can be used as references to take that next step in your career.
6) Sales - Many hotels, especially the larger ones, have a sales staff on hand to sell room blocks and event areas. A great sales person is invaluable to a hotel and you can really make a name for yourself while seeing if this is the direction you want to take.
Making a commitment to a career path is a little intense. Working in a hotel is not only a great way to test out the waters, it will also give you the opportunity to ask questions about other jobs.
You can find both part and full-time jobs at a hotel, as well as an opportunity for career advancement. In addition, hotels are found all over the world so your skills will be transferable if you move to another location or are looking to move on to another business all together.