BHM degree careers
Hospitality Management is an exciting concentration with a diverse range of career opportunities. An industry that often includes travelling for work, a fast-paced environment and relationship building, hospitality management is primarily a people business. Acsenda’s BHM degree has been designed to strengthen and encourage professional business management practices for careers in hotels, cruise ships, convention centres, and dining establishments.
Here are some of the top careers for BHM Degree Holders:
The hotel manager is in charge of all the operations related to a hotel, such as guest experience, managing of staff, setting budget goals, handling complaints, holding meetings with employees, monitoring financial expenses and preparing reports.
The restaurant manager is in charge of all operations, such as recruitment, management of employees, marketing strategies, staff performance evaluation, budgets and menus. It’s fast-paced and high-stress, requiring a special blend of skills and personality traits (most importantly, staying cool under pressure).
The main duties of an event manager include planning, managing and organizing events, creating brand awareness, meeting with clients and arranging logistics. You are responsible for managing the process from the planning stage, right through to running the event and carrying out the post-event evaluation.
The main duties of a travel manager are to plan, organize and coordinate the operations of travel-related companies. They are in charge of making all travel arrangements and operations, including transport and accommodation, relationship management with clients and agencies, negotiation of rates and contracts and evaluation of travel services and deals.
The main duties of a casino director include running all casino operations by supervising guests, gaming machines, tables and general staff. They usually are responsible for the recruitment process of the casino personnel and schedules, observation of profits and losses, checking of security footage and providing guests with an excellent experience overall.
Executive chefs usually perform their operations in hotels or restaurants. The main duties of an executive chef include: supervising and training kitchen staff, ensuring food quality, coordinating and reviewing staff and getting feedback on service from clients. In some cases, chefs are also responsible for some administrative tasks such as payroll and inventory.
What is needed in the hospitality industry to obtain a good job?
There are many things needed in the hospitality industry that people can obtain in order to improve their chances of being promoted, advanced, and succeeding within the field. Some of those things are:
It is important to acquire as much work experience after graduation and even before graduating. Fortunately, Acsenda offers a hospitality management internship that can help graduates to get real-world experience. This internship can help them to find better jobs in the future and to increase their opportunities to find better-salary jobs.
In the hospitality industry is essential for individuals to build many connections. This can help expand the opportunities for finding new jobs and securing positions that you are interested in applying to. Networking is a great way to meet a lot of people in the industry; besides you can go to forums, hospitality conventions or conferences, boards, etc. and in this way connect with more people.
Another way to advance and improve in this industry is by having certifications or designations. It can prove to employers that you have certain competencies that not many other competitors might have. You can obtain highly competitive jobs just by having more credentials that prove your knowledge and experience in the field.
Many high-top hospitality certifications come from American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institutions. Some certifications that you can get for the hospitality industry are:
- Any certification from American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)
- Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA)
- Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS)
- Certificate in Hospitality Revenue Management (CHRM)
- Certificate in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA)
- (CFBE): Certified Food and Beverage Executive
- (CLSD): Certified Lodging Security Director
- (CLSD) Certified Hospitality Facilities Executive
- Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)
There are many more depending on the area of the hospitality industry that you want to focus on. However, try to get certified in whatever you are planning to do to give more credibility to employers. If you want more information about other certifications, AHLEI has many more on their website.
As in many other industries, skills are a must in the hospitality field. Moreover, the advantage is that you will probably have to learn many skills as a student, as an intern, and as any other experiences that you have to encounter in the industry.
Even though, many types of skills might be crucial. Some of the skills to have in mind are:
- Customer-service skills
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Teamwork skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Critical-thinking skills
- Technology skills
- Leadership skills
- Time management skills
There are many others as well, however, the ones mentioned above are a must-have for many areas.