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Student/Alumni Feedback

 

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American Hotel Academy enabled a straightforward and rewarding transition from my academic and practical knowledge gained during the past years, to a successful and promising career in the industry. It is not only the knowledge, but also the environment that stimulated my growth into a hospitality professional.

The first real touch with the industry began with the position held as a Front Desk Representative in London during the practical internship encouraged and supported by the Academy. It was amazing working in one of the largest metropolises of the world with a mixture of cultures which actually enhanced my ability to accommodate, understand and respect people no matter the colour of their skin, religion, or believes.

I am now proud to hold a Key Account Manager position in the Sales department at the newest business & lifestyle hotel in Brasov. I believe that the current experience at Kronwell Brasov Hotel has given me the opportunity to take my career to the next level. Needless to say, my current position here is what really defines me as a hospitality person. “

Eliana Bucur, Alumni, about choosing a rewarding career


Here’s your chance for a new start in the vibrant industry of Hospitality!

Find here what this industry is about and how do you know if you are a good fit for the Hospitality field.

True hospitality means reaching out to those we do not yet know.
According to the 2009 Trends & Statistics survey by the British Hospitality Association (BHA), around 1.9 million people now work in the industry. And career development in this industry remains a safe bet as the industry is expected to create an additional 21 million jobs over the next decade.

The industry offers many career options to choose from in an exciting field with salaries from 50.000 $ to over 115.000 $ / year.

Hospitality and tourism is one of the world’s largest, most diverse and dynamic industries.

With it’s size, record of growth and generous employment opportunities, the hospitality industry offers many career opportunities for all people in search of career options and growth.

It offers options in a variety of types of businesses and organizations across the world:

  • Hotels & Resorts: from 5-star multinational chains to luxury resorts or exclusive clubs, boutique hotels, eco hotels or accommodation in Bed & Breakfast.
  • Restaurants: from famous international chains to unique traditional restaurants or theme restaurants.
  • Spa & Wellness Centers
  • Conferences and conventions centers
  • Catering and event management
  • Airlines
  • Cruise lines
  • Casinos
  • Sports centers
  • Clubs and theme parks
  • Management consulting companies
  • Travel agencies

Student/Alumni Feedback

 


For me, American Hotel Academy was the journey to who I am today, and I still consider it the best decision of my life. It taught me to be enthusiastic, with outstanding theoretical knowledge, brave and smart. We become hospitality persons in the very beginning of our encounter with the phenomenon, the one who does not, will probably quit and this is perfectly fine. You can be the enthusiastic, smiling and “I do it all” hospitality person at entry level, and the pragmatic one when reaching a higher level. I cannot pinpoint a job, but the course of my career so far has definitely defined me as a hospitality person.

Erik Kovacs, Alumni, about his professional and personal development

Why choose Hospitality as a career?

 

  1. You enjoy making people happy

Whatever your role is in the hotel, every time you come to work you can make someone’s day a little bit better. This industry is all about the people and making them happy, helping them in having a great experience.

  1. It’s creative work

 Hospitality is a creative environment. Because there are always unique challenges that need to be tackled within hospitality, you’ll always be able to put both your critical and creative thinking to good use.

  1. Hospitality is worldwide

Every country in the world has a hospitality industry!  Would you like the opportunity to see the world while you earn a comfortable living? A career in hospitality can very easily be the key to discovering new countries, new culture and new people.

  1. Offers various career interests

The hospitality industry is so generous that there’s never any need for you to get stuck in one niche. You could very easily stay with the same employer and in the space of a few years, move between many positions in a hotel.

  1. You can climb the ladder quickly

Just as there is the potential for rapid horizontal movement, you can also make your way up the ladder very quickly in hospitality. If you work hard, acquire your qualifications, get on with customers and colleagues, and show initiative, very soon, you’ll find yourself in a senior position managing people and projects.

  1. Not an office job (9-5)

If you’re the sort of person who likes getting up at the same time in the morning, having the same breakfast, putting on a suit and tie, and then catching the same train into the same office, day after day after day, then hospitality probably isn’t for you. It involves a great deal of variety, not only in terms of the hours you work, but also the work you do during those hours.

  1. Clear route in

The way to succeed in this field is quite clear.  You need specific knowledge, practical training, attitude and specific programs can help you get there efficiently.

  1. Lots of perks

It is all about the guest in hospitality but hotels are very much aware that they need to have satisfied staff members to make sure that the clients are happy as well. Many hotels offer great benefits for staff members such as: achievements, rewards for different projects, hotel room discounts at their locations around the globe, discounts on food and beverages, as well as retail discounts in hotel’s rooms and gift shops, at hotels around the globe, competitive pay and advancement opportunities – tis is to name just a few….

  1. Stability

People always need food, drink and somewhere to sleep, don’t they? So, even in shaky economic climates like the 2008 and 2009 financial meltdown, the hospitality industry survived and is once again flourishing. Being able to survive that type of trial shows just how robust hospitality is as an industry.

  1. Meritocracy

If you’re the type of person who wants the quality of your work to speak for itself, you’ll be very fond of how the hospitality industry operates. People will notice when you take initiative and follow through. If you have a go-getter attitude, the sky will be the limit in terms of where your career can go.

 

So what are you waiting for?

What to expect in the hospitality industry with your degree

Who are the main graduate employers?

The accommodation, sport and active leisure areas offer the largest organizations who employ graduates (Hotel and Resorts Brands). Examples of big companies operating in the industry include: Hyatt, Four Seasons, Hilton, Marriott, Accor, Starwood, Intercontinental, Shangri La, Movenpick and many more.

You can explore these corporate career opportunities in the School, at the Student Services Office or by conducting a simple research online using our own online career platform (Career Connect)

What to expect entering the hospitality industry?

When entering the hospitality, tourism and sport industry, one can expect:

a customer-facing working environment – many roles are busy and fast-paced, particularly at peak times, and require a lot of interaction with consumers

a demand for passion, enthusiasm and dedication – you will most probably work long hours (shifts) in this industry

to start on an entry level position and make your way up in the organization in time. Large companies have a policy of getting to know you better before offering a middle or an executive role within the organization.

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New opportunities

Hospitality industry is changing rapidly as it tries to respond to an increasingly diverse set of needs and demands. Nowadays, tourists look for a large variety of personalized services, causing hoteliers to renew and to reinvent the meaning of service.

Hotels are ready to invest more in pre-employment activities, on-the-job initiatives, and partnerships, thus hoping to better recruit, train and retain qualified young people.

New hotels and resorts open each year worldwide and hotel chains continue to invest in new developments, thus creating employment and career development opportunities continuously.

New concepts emerged in tourism: medical tourism, archaeological tourism, extreme tourism, ecotourism and agrotourism, tourism for the elderly or disabled, educational tourism, volunteer vacations and many more, creating all the time new career opportunities for those working in the hospitality industry.

Student/Alumni Feedback

 

attila

” One of the best aspects was working with some of the smartest people in the industry.
I have learned about industry related procedures, I have helped guests and coworkers cope with difficult situations, I have improved several of my skills, I have made lifelong friends, but I have also learned about success. Having the opportunity to live and work among people coming from other cultures was simply amazing. Nonetheless, I have gained significant experience in this field and I am confident that it will help me build a career within the industry.
I would gladly do it all over again. “

Attila Szocz, Alumni, about his internship at The Hotel Phillips, Kansas City