This sector often values experience over academic credentials. We recommend looking for part-time and casual work experience to demonstrate your motivation for the industry and understanding of customers and clients. Look for advertised jobs on industry specific websites and with professional bodies, as well as using CareerHub.
If you’re looking to gain experience
There are many part-time, casual and entry level roles in this sector, which you could undertake alongside your studies. Having a variety of relevant work experience will be just as valuable as your academic credentials, as it demonstrates a motivation to work in the industry.
If you’re early on in your career
There are structured graduate schemes across a range of functions in large organisations like Whitbread and Marriot. However, the common route into many of these schemes involves starting in an entry level role or undertaking an internship and building your expertise.
If you have more experience
With more experience, your network becomes increasingly important. Many of the senior roles within the sector are likely to be recruited via networks or headhunters and search firms. Therefore, it’s important to maintain your contacts and build your LSE network, eg, through LinkedIn. Senior roles are also advertised on industry-specific websites.
If you’re changing career
People can move into this sector using existing experience, eg,. a lateral move from working in sales in another sector to working in sales within hospitality. As the industry values experience and knowledge, you would be expected to gain relevant experience and work your way up.