1. Get promoted (quickly)
One of the greatest things about the hospitality industry is that opportunities to be promoted can come up very quickly. Once you've mastered a few important skills, you'll find that you move up in accordance with the work you put in. Focus on these skills in particular:
You can start out as a dishwasher and, in less than a year, end up as a floor manager if you prove yourself as an eager learner and reliable worker.
2. Become a global citizen
Hospitality is one of few industries that boasts a diverse working environment and, oftentimes, opportunities to travel and learn from different cultures around the world. Customers visiting your business, fellow employees, owners, and managers tend to have a multinational background and are, by virtue of their interests or career path, some of the most interesting individuals you'll encounter. You'll expose yourself to different mindsets, cultural upbringings, languages, and points of view. All of these factors will influence your ability to think creatively and adapt to change.
3. Avoid monotony in your career
In hospitality, no two days are the same. While some personalities do best in an environment that remains generally stable and consistent, if you find that you thrive on change and love learning new skills, hospitality is an ideal path. You'll be constantly exposed to situations that require creative problem solving and will learn how to master a variety of technical skills (sometimes simultaneously). You'll get familiar with different POS systems, learn how to masterfully interact with customers, manage inventory, work with a team, and much more depending on the specific sector of the industry. In many positions, you'll even have the opportunity to flex your creative muscles and spearhead new projects (such as redesigning a seasonal menu or suggesting a new seating layout at a restaurant or bar).
4. Gain transferable skills
The interpersonal skills you gain from working in the hospitality industry are incredibly valuable to almost any career path. You'll learn how to navigate conflict, communicate clearly, perform under stress, and work as a part of a team. These skills are globally recognizable and can transfer to other industries if you eventually choose to try something new. Plenty of former hospitality professionals move on to impressive careers in Marketing, Business Operations, Project Management, Entertainment, Human Resources, and many others (and are hired quickly as a result of their evident social fluency).
5. Security within a reliable and continually growing industry
The hospitality industry has experienced a considerable amount of growth over the last few years. This growth is projected to continue, paralleling improvements to technology and spurred by a generation of adventure-seekers who are more likely to spend money on memorable experiences than products. Demand for employees is at an all-time high, so if you need to look for a new opportunity, it probably won't take long to find one. The ball is in your court: Since most hospitality businesses are raking in plenty of profit, you can demand good pay and benefits in exchange for your experience. If you aren't satisfied in one job, don't be afraid to ask around and search for something new.
6. Strengthen your emotional intelligence
Individuals who work in the hospitality industry are known to have an exceptionally high degree of emotional intelligence. This is typically the result of having been exposed to an environment of constant change, interacting with a huge range of personalities and backgrounds from around the globe. Hospitality professionals are generally able to recognize and meet a customer's needs and desires, sometimes even before the customer has realized them. They can also expertly handle conflict and adjust their communication style to meet that of the customer. A highly sought-after skill (and rare), emotional intelligence is incredibly valuable to employers - so don't forget to bring it up during your next interview.