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I will most likely be entering the hospitality/management field soon. What top tier organizations require such services?

Asked Redwood City, California

I am almost finished with high school. With college applications due next month and the end of my senior year a quarter done, I am desperate for insight on this major I intend to undertake #business #management #hospitality #relations #food-service

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Kelly’s Answer

Updated Somerville, Massachusetts

Hi Deric,

So glad to hear of your interest in joining the hospitality industry! The industry is rather broad - are you most interested in hotel management or food/restaurant management? Both are very interesting and exciting fields in which hospitality plays a major role.

I am sure you are applying to college programs that have hospitality and food service management areas of study. Get in touch with your academic advisor for guidance, but also look to professors and older classmates - they will be invaluable resources to you.

Whether you are interested in hotels or restaurants, I would recommend looking into part time work while you are in school and potential internship opportunities during summer months. Taking a part time job will help you understand the business from many angles. It will help you when you decide to take the step into management as you will be able to better empathize with your employees - and empathy is a major component in hospitality!

Hope this helps!

George’s Answer

Updated Milpitas, California

Hi, Although I am not in that field, I have a close friend that went to Golden Gate University for hospitality/management and later went on to work in the field. Nearly all high end establishments and large chains (like Olive Garden) , respect and seek people with degrees in this field. These days, there is also a lot of opportunity at the company sponsored food cafeterias and at many public sector places as well. The basic strategy for getting a great job in this field is work your way up from a small place to bigger and/or more prestigious place over time. Customer service skill and being good with people are critical to success. Your job will be to raise the reputation of a business by insisting on top quality food and making clients happy. You can't do that without a staff that respects and likes you. Best wishes on your career. It's a solid field with plenty if opportunity.

Geoff’s Answer

Updated Randolph, Massachusetts

Hospitality is a great field if you are a "people person" and enjoy helping others. You ask about top-tier organizations that hire people with hospitality/management training. Usually hospitality is thought of as either hotels or restaurants (although there are other kinds of organizations that truly value hospitality skills and abilities as well, because hospitality professionals know how to provide a great customer experience).

Hotels: There are many hotels that provide top-tier hospitality. There's a hotel in Tokyo that's famous for their doormen, who will greet you by name as you step out of your taxi when you arrive, if you've ever stayed at their hotel before (even many years before). They've been doing this for a long time, long before Facebook/LinkedIn/etc. (so it's not based on researching online what you look like) Two of the top chains in the world for hospitality are Four Seasons and Taj Hotels.

Restaurants: The best restaurants from a hospitality point of view are usually the ones that people call "white tablecloth" restaurants, the very fanciest restaurants. They pride themselves on the service they provide to make the expensive dinners they serve into incredible experiences for the diners. These are almost never chain restaurants. Each of these restaurants is unique. They are most common in big cities, such as San Francisco, near where you live. The most prestigious restaurant rating service is called Michelin and you can read about the restaurants they rated tops in the San Francisco area here: http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2013/10/22/michelin-stars-san-francisco-bay-area-2014/.

Good luck to you! Hospitality is a great field, where you can build a career for yourself, or learn skills that other employers will be very glad to have.

This is great insight, Thank you sir