Author Nicola Feuilherade   |  April 28, 2010

Do you think the hospitality lifestyle is for you? Take our questionnaire to find out!

1) Do you have a great work ethic?

Lifestyle of a career in Hospitality

It’s no secret that the hospitality lifestyle is work hard, play hard. The hospitality industry generally works on shifts and hours are often not your typical 8-5, depending on where you work. Hotels, resorts and casinos are staffed 24/7 and restaurants do much of their business at night. Game Reserves and getaway lodges are open over weekends and on public holidays.

Bonus:

While you may work odd hours, you’ll also have unusual days/time off, which can work to your benefit. It gives you opportunity to spend time with family and friends that you might not have with a traditional job. For example, depending on your time off you could meet friends for brunch in the morning or your mom for coffee in the afternoon. You could get your hair cut or do your shopping on a “work day” rather than during the busy weekend rush.

2) Do you love dealing with people?

Working in hospitality is working with people. Whether you’re a Michelin-rated chef or a tour guide, you’re going to be working with people: delightful and awful and probably from every corner of the globe.

Bonus:

Working with people is fascinating. You’ll meet individuals from all over the world and all walks of life. Difficult people will help refine your character and wonderful people make working life a pleasure. You’ll also make friends from a variety of countries and learn a lot about different cultures and foods.

3) Does travel excite you?

The hospitality lifestyle is often one of travel. Your training with the International Hotel School will give you the chance to do your practicals at 4 and 5 star hotels and lodges around South Africa-and the world. You may end up working in a game reserve on the other side of the country or on a cruise ship touring the Med.

Bonus:

Travelling is awesome! Imagine seeing the world-or even a country-and being paid while you do it? Sweet deal! A good hospitality qualification will give you access to a huge variety of jobs all over the world. You’ll have the opportunity to work in cities like Cape Town, game lodges in the bush, resorts in Europe and hotels in America. You’ll experience different climates, weather, belief systems and cultures.

4) Can you adapt to a variety of circumstances?

How do you handle the unexpected? The hospitality lifestyle is one of change and adaptability. Each day is different because you’re dealing with changing factors. For example; new guests, or a seasonal menu, or a choose-your-own tour package. If you work on a cruise ship, for example, you’ll find yourself in new locations and with new guests quite regularly.

Bonus:

Life is never boring. In fact, it’s pretty exciting! Although guests and fellow service personnel might come and go, you’ll have the chance to connect and get to know one another. The nature of the “job” is so unique that your fellow staff often become your work-family. You genuinely care for each other and look out for each other’s best interests.

So, now that you have a better idea of what the hospitality industry is all about, what do you think? Is the hospitality lifestyle for you?