It used to be that men and women in their twenties would work in the hospitality industry only as a temporary job, something to get them through college or to help them transition from part-time work to their “real job”. But things are changing. 

Many millennials are discovering that the hospitality industry is actually a great place to launch their careers. If you’re trying to figure out your career path, or are a manager working on a hiring plan, here are 5 reasons why the hospitality industry is a viable career option for millennials.

1. Social engagement

Contrary to the seemingly obsessive nature with all things technological, members of the millennial generation actually thrive when they are in social situations. The hospitality industry suits this desire for making personal connections and allows for networking opportunities that lead to possible new employment opportunities or social functions.

Many millennials do not want to be tied down to a computer all day long–they would rather spend their day having meaningful interactions. Which is exactly what you would encounter when working in hospitality.

2. We are motivated by our passions, not money

Millennials are unique in many ways, including the desire to have a fulfilling career instead of just working for a paycheck. Millennials are more likely than any other generation to turn down a higher paying job if it isn’t going to fulfill them on a personal level.

The hospitality industry isn’t exactly known for paying out maximum incomes, but it is known for providing a place where workers can grow and thrive. As an industry that provides a work/life balance, a livable wage and an opportunity to continue learning, this could be the right place for you!

The hospitality industry suits our desire for making personal connections and allows for networking opportunities that lead to possible new employment opportunities

3. We want to grow in our careers

Millennials don’t expect to work for one company for 45 years and then retire, like previous generations did. In fact 91% stated they plan on staying at their current employment less than three years. The key here is that they don’t necessarily want to switch companies. They want to grow in their careers, and in many industries, they just can’t do that at one company.

The hospitality industry, though, can be different. There are a wide range of professional opportunities within the hospitality industry that foster professional growth (i.e. Management, Marketing, HR, etc.)

4. We are engaged with what’s happening online

Millennials are very comfortable with technology and interact with it on a daily basis. This can be a huge gain for the hospitality industry, which is starting to catch up to other industries when it comes to being tech-savvy. Millennials can help the hospitality industry move forward technologically by being tuned into how people are using social media, reviews and apps to find restaurants and hotels.

Being tech-savvy can work to your advantage. Especially if you are seeking opportunities in marketing or social media management within the hospitality industry.

Forget everything you read about millennials being a “me” generation. When it comes down to it, we genuinely care about the world and they want to help people.

5. We want to help people

Forget everything you read about millennials being a “me” generation. When it comes down to it, we genuinely care about the world and have a need to help people. We want a rewarding career that allows us to give back to our community. Millennials are not clock-watchers — we don’t want to punch in at 8 and out at 5 just in the name of getting a paycheck.

Motivated millennial employees can take your restaurant, bar or hotel to the next level with their social understanding and tech skills, so don’t underestimate them. And if you’re a millennial employee, don’t underestimate the career opportunities that await you in the hospitality industry. This is a great industry that supports the quality of life that most of us want to have outside of work due to the non-traditional work schedule and the opportunities to make a livable wage. 

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