It is a candidate’s market; employment is at a record high and there are concerns over Brexit and the impact this will have on the labour market in the UK. On the whole, good news for those wishing to progress their careers in the hospitality sector!
However, what happened to the hard yards? Is there still a need to do a great deal of time climbing the ladder or is that all a thing of the past? The world has changed, what worked once is not so effective anymore and hasn’t technology trumped the old ways of doing things anyway?
Perhaps there are two answers to this question. Firstly, there is never a substitute for experience. Although the hospitality world does not require many technical skills as such, it is all about people. You can never learn too much about how to interact with people, so surely experience here is key.
Equally, however, there is some truth in revitalising the sector and not keeping doing tasks for the sake of it. Therefore, those candidates/people who are prepared to work hard, do the mundane side and yet constantly try to be innovative with themselves and their employers will stand out from the crowd.
I would say educating junior members of the team on this and being prepared to be challenged by them is the best way to move forward.