Everyone has different motivations for finishing a college degree. Some people finish a college degree because they feel they have to finish a college degree; others finish a degree for personal enrichment while others finish a degree because they want to better their situation and/or life. This last group – perhaps – has the highest expectations of this process because the degree will represent upward mobility and ultimately financial freedom. This is a freedom that the person would be unable to achieve without the degree; in other words, the person hopes to receive a Return On Investment (ROI) for their degree!
Around the world, recent college graduates are taking jobs (any jobs), provided that they can get them. But for the hospitality student the future is bright and filled with lots of possible jobs. In fact, the hospitality industry has a lot of supervisory and management jobs – more supervisory and management jobs then there are people to fill those jobs. Many of these jobs are not the traditional odd hour jobs – in other words they are family friendly jobs! For example, many of the jobs available are working for food service management companies, retirement communities and hospitals. These jobs turn the traditional perception of hospitality jobs on their head – imagine doing what you love AND having time for your family.
The best parts of the hospitality industry are service to people and the fact that these jobs cannot be exported and will not disappear. People travel for conventions and for leisure. Once they arrive at their destination – they have to stay somewhere and they have to eat – both of these areas provide jobs in the local economy. In our current economy, if a family takes a “stay-cation,” they keep their leisure activities in their own town. In any case, they will need hospitality services to enjoy their time away from or in their home city. We help people enjoy their time away from work and create memories that families will remember for many years in the future.
About the Author:
Albert Schmid is a husband, father, professor and chair of the Hotel and Restaurant Management, Beverage Management and Hospitality Management departments at Sullivan University. He is an award-winning author for The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook (the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Book for Cooking with Drinks in the World and Best Book for Cooking with Wines, Beers and Spirits in the USA) and The Beverage Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits (the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Wine Book for Professionals in the USA).
In 2011, Albert was honored by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) with an Award of Excellence. In 2012, he was elected to the IACP Board of Directors.