As a new hospitality graduate, it’s no surprise that the idea of work can catch you unaware. So having some tips on career progression is something that is set to help you going forward from the lecture halls to office walls.
It’s safe to say that finding your first job as a new grad is a daunting task at the best of times, even more so in today’s challenging and yet unpredictable economic climate. So to cover all bases I have put together 3 career tips for new hospitality grads to help get you started.
Consider taking an “Entry-level job”
No job or task is too small or beneath you. If you want to get ahead, volunteer to do the things no one else wants to do, and do it better.
It is safe to assume that obtaining an entry-level job is almost like having one foot in the company’s door in climbing up the corporate ladder. At their most basic, an entry-level job allows a new grad to gain experience while getting paid. Talk about pleasing mum and dad and showing them that a degree in Hospitality Management wasn’t a complete waste of time and money.
These jobs are vitally important in organisations, as those working in entry-level roles help the company accomplish necessary work that more experienced personnel don’t have time to (or simply don’t want to) do. So, the necessary job requirements for these positions are designed for an individual who is in the learning stages of their hospitality career – a new graduate.
There are many benefits for new grads starting out their hospitality careers in an entry-level role. This is because an entry-level job allows you to gain experience in a new field. It lets you learn the day-to-day workings of the company you are working for and helps you understand better how their industry works. But most importantly everyone has to start somewhere and these positions are often the first step to a long and rewarding career.
Find an internship
If you are a new grad, then you should probably know how difficult the entry-level job market is and even harder if you have graduated without any work experience. Fortunately, you can still do an internship even after you have graduated. A good idea, especially for those who have no work experience, to land a full-time job later.
As a new hospitality graduate, don’t be put off by the myth that internships are only for current students because that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes companies and organisations develop internship programs, especially aimed at new grads from university.
If there are no options of available internships at the time of your graduation, then make up your own internship. No, that doesn’t mean making up a fake internship to tell your parents about, but actually networking and seeking out contacts to obtain an internship at a company that best matches your interests and career progression regarding the hospitality industry.
An internship might not be your first choice for employment after graduation. However, in this job market, it may be your best chance at getting real work experience early on in your career and building connections that could lead to further employment later on.
Update and polish your CV
Are you the type of new graduate that only dust-up their CV once a deadline is looming? Well, that’s not exactly a good idea. It’s easy to forget all the great achievements you have made over the years of your studies, therefore, not updating your CV regularly is not doing you as a graduate job candidate any justice.
Refreshing your CV on a regular basis will allow you to:
- Respond quickly to unexpected job opportunities as they open up
- Post your CV databases on a speculative basis
- Remind yourself of what you have to offer
Helps identify issues with your career development, such as gaps inexperience or a need for more training.
It’s official! Welcome to the real world outside school. Get on your A-game and become proactive in your search for a great job.