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What can I do with a hospitality management degree?

Hospitality management graduates are highly employable, applying their skills in careers such as events, hotel and conference management, sales and business development and forestry and fishing management

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

It is essential to gain experience in the industry and many hospitality courses offer an industrial placement, enabling you to put academic learning into practice. This helps to develop your transferable and subject-specific skills and provides evidence of skills and experience to employers. It is also a valuable opportunity to learn from highly experienced colleagues and can help you to discover your particular area of interest within the sector.

If you already have a specialist area in mind, opt for the closest matching environment you can find. For example, if you ultimately hope to work in a luxury hotel, apply to local hotels of a similar standard.

It is possible to achieve responsibility relatively quickly in this sector, so you can gain experience of supervising and training new staff early on if you show a willingness and ability to learn.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

Some of the large chain hotels or restaurants offer graduate management programs, providing a fast-track to management positions and experience in a range of operations.

Hospitality graduates can find work in catering, conference and events management; within the tourism and leisure sector; the entertainment sector; and in facilities management and food service management. There are also relevant roles throughout the public sector in universities, hospitals, transport and the armed forces.

A self-employment is an option with experience, business sense, and a sound plan. Find out more about self-employment.

Find information on employers in hospitality and events managementleisure, sport and tourism and other job sectors.

Search for jobs in hospitality and events management.

Skills for your CV

Hospitality-related subjects offer a range of study options, both specialist, and generalist. Whichever you choose, a degree in hospitality management gives you an in-depth understanding of the structure and operation of the industry and its related sectors. A common thread is a focus on identifying, understanding and responding to the needs of consumers, so as to provide an excellent customer experience.

You also develop many other general skills sought by a range of employers. These include:

  • analytical, critical and problem-solving skills, developed through researching, evaluating and presenting arguments and data;
  • IT skills to collect, analyze and present information in spreadsheets and databases;
  • written communication skills, gained from the report and essay writing;
  • negotiation and teamwork skills developed through working both independently and on group projects;
  • leadership and delegation skills gained through group work.

Hospitality management is a social business so you need to be friendly, outgoing and have good networking skills.

Further study

A small number of graduates choose postgraduate study in order to specialize in a particular hospitality-related function, such as hospitality management, events management or human resources (HR). Some postgraduate courses, e.g. international hospitality management, involve a year's work placement as part of the course.

Before progressing to postgraduate study, do your research and consider the benefits of qualifications compared to experience.

There may be opportunities to undertake supported-postgraduate study while working for an employer, to enhance your career development with them and bring new skills to your workplace.

For more information on the further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search for postgraduate courses in hospitality management.

What do hospitality management graduates do?

More than 80% of hospitality graduates enter employment within six months of graduation. Popular areas of work include marketing, PR and sales, business management and secretarial roles.

Just over 4% of hospitality graduates go on to further study, or combine study and work. They do this to either specialize in a particular hospitality-related function or to broaden their opportunities and move into other career areas.

Destination

Percentage

Employed

83.8

Further study

2.8

Working and studying

2.6

Unemployed

4.4

Other

6.4

Graduate destinations for hospitality management

Type of work

Percentage

Managers

23.9

Retail, catering and bar work

16.3

Marketing, PR and sales

14.7

Secretarial and numerical clerks

11.3

Other

33.8

 

 

 

 

 
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