The Pros and Cons of a Career in Hotel Management

The Pros and Cons of a Career in Hotel Management

Let’s kick off with the cons, so they don’t get you down. Because Hotel Management is indeed a lot of fun!

THE CONS

#1 – Low salaries in the first few years
When you begin your career in the hotel management industry, you will have to do jobs that you aren’t too interested in  – and you won’t be paid so well too.

#2 – High stress levels
Physical labour, constant pressure to do your best and handling customer problems are not easy tasks. The stress is going to be quite high.

#3 – Difficult to maintain work-life balance
The long working hours and weird shift timings could get to you. Also, considering holiday season is the busiest time for hotels, you may not get to spend much time with family and friends.

THE PROS

#1 – Say goodbye to monotony
In this industry, every day is different. You’ll have different things to do, a variety of challenges to face and a new highlight each day.

#2 – You get to meet so many people
And maybe travel too! If you’re the hospitable and outgoing type, you will love this job entirely. Plus, working with luxury hotels and resorts can get you to see new places.

#3 – Great benefits at high posts
Once you climb up the ladder, it’s all very worthwhile. You will receive not only top-of-the-rung salaries but also bonuses like a suite in the hotel, complimentary food and the like.

So if you’re passionate, have no fear and join. Let us know if you have more questions by leaving a comment below.

4 Awesome Facts About the Hotel Management Industry

4 Awesome Facts About the Hotel Management Industry

There are some amazing things that have happened in the hotel industry – and it is always quite taken for granted. But here are 4 facts that give you the truth in stunning numbers

#1 – Jobs in 2010
In the year 2010 alone, around 63,000 jobs were created in the hotel industry in India between January and June.

#2 – Number of tourists
The estimated number of foreign tourists who visit India in 2011 was 5 million 5 years ago and this number is expected to increase to a whopping 18 million by the end of this year.

#3 – Accomodation for tourists
India had 62,000 rooms to cater to overseas in 2012 and this number crossed 1.5 lakh rooms in the year 2014. In just a span of two years!

#4 – Skill scarcity
The shortage of well-trained staff in the hotel management industry is around 30-40%.

So isn’t it a thriving place to be?

What’s Hotel Management Like?

What’s Hotel Management Like?

Hotel Management courses are more practical-oriented than based on mere theory.

But while it’s all very exciting, just like in most other industries, there is a considerable number of challenges in hotel management. Low starting salaries, ridiculously long working hours, almost constant crisis management and close-to-negligible vacation time are some that have been most talked about.

So now you must be wondering why people even opt for this career. Well, that’s the power of pure passion.

In fact, if you later discover that a career in Hotel Management is not meant for you, you have good news. Training in hotel management makes you a much sought-after professional in other industries too. Hotel management graduates are considered well equipped for jobs that involve customer interaction and people management and are thus highly in demand for administrative jobs, public relations firms, human resources, advertising and marketing.

Got more questions? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

A Holistic View of Hotel Management

A Holistic View of Hotel Management

First thing that comes to your mind when someone says hotels? Spacious places, gorgeous lobbies, smartly dressed staff, fancy rooms, great locations and sumptuous food.

But hotels aren’t just about luxury.

Today, there are various kinds of hotels classified based on budget, location, design and the like. For example, budget hotels (where staying and dining are low cost), heritage properties (built around a famous location or destination – The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur is a classic example) and boutique hotels (very modern, chic and contemporary hotels).

These categories are more prominent in the current times because more hotels are coming up while being focused on a specific customer category, especially in India. This means more jobs and opportunities in this segment.

From the general manager, who is responsible for running a particular hotel property (“property” is a hotelier’s lingo for referring to a particular hotel location) to the chef, who is responsible for your fancy food – the entire hotel functions as one unit to serve its customers!

So the same principle is applied when teaching and training aspiring students to become great hoteliers.

There are standard hotel management options at an under-graduate level, following which you could specialise in particular areas of interest. While speaking to professionals, we found that most students decide what area within the hotel they are interested only after they finish the basic hotel management course.

Getting into a good college isn’t all that difficult. The courses and entrance preparations (where appropriate) are seemingly less strenuous than many other competitive courses like engineering or law.

Got more questions? Leave a comment below.

How to Nail the CLAT

How to Nail the CLAT

Preparing for the CLAT is very exhaustive. The competition has toughened up over the years since more and more students are opting for the exam. Here’s what we think you should do to crack the exam:

#1 – Start off with a good course
There is a variety of courses to help you get prepared – from 1.5 months to a year or two, you can pick a course based on how much time you’d like to spend preparing. We suggest you do an in-depth preparation so you can get into a good college. That way, choosing a long term preparation program is the best thing to do.

#2 – Know what you’re preparing for
The portions are divided into English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Legal Aptitude, Elementary Mathematics and Logical Reasoning. Be sure to prioritise and remember to be sure of your answers when you write because there is negative marking involved.

#3 – Develop the right habits
Maintain notes related to current affairs and brush up your knowledge in History, Geography, Economics and General Sciences. Get fine-tuned with legal concepts, critical thinking and analytical reasoning.

The open nature of the CLAT syllabus makes it all the more challenging, so good luck! And if you have anything to add, comment away.

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ridicule Teaching as a Profession

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ridicule Teaching as a Profession

Parent or student, you need to know that ridiculing teaching as a profession has several negative effects on everyone, including you. Here are 4 reasons why you’ll do good if you stop ridiculing the profession of teaching right now:

#1 – Being a teacher is a lot of hard work
They may look like they’ve got the most number of holidays, but in reality, teachers do not get weekends to themselves. Their weekdays are spent with their students and weekends to plan the week ahead. Isn’t that a full-time, almost thankless job?

#2 – Teachers face plenty of odds
From the insane deadlines to complete portions to easily distracted students with multiple learning styles to angry or confused parents passing snide remarks or asking silly questions, there’s just too much pressure on them with too little room to relax.

#3 – They are usually underpaid and overworked
This may not be true about teachers in international schools or professors at universities, but in an average school, the teacher puts in way more effort that what he/she is paid for. And it’s all for a noble cause.

#4 – A part of the credit for our success goes to our teachers
Where we are today might not be entirely because of our teachers – but they do play a great role, because they’re the ones who gave us our education!

So here’s a big shout out to them! Let’s value the profession of teaching.

3 Books to Read if You’re an MBA Aspirant

3 Books to Read if You’re an MBA Aspirant

Parents want you to pursue management studies in and after college? You want to too? Then you must read these books and see if you’re cut out for it.

#1 – ‘Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion’ by Robert Cialdini
Whether it’s sales, marketing or any other function of business, persuasion is key. Good management means ensuring proper communication with clients, customers, suppliers, and employees so that everyone works with you to achieve the results that you desire. In this book, Cialdini draws from his personal experiences to set the perfect example of how persuasion works – and the right techniques to use. Read it and see if you’ve got what it takes to compel people.

#2 – ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ by By W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
You must’ve heard parents, relatives and other elders discussing the world of business – how you ought to be competitive, aggressive and profit-oriented in your very mindset. But prepare to change all of that. This book shows you a new approach to business strategy and sustainable growth – can you handle it?

#3 – ‘Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t’ by Jim Collins
What traits do you need to be a phenomenal businessperson and build a great company? What makes things go wrong or right at a startup? Will you be able to run a successful venture? Find out with this book by Jim Collins.

Got other books to recommend? Do leave a comment below.