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It’s a new year, a fresh start and maybe time for a change? While we’ve all heard these career clichés before, the new year really is a great time to reignite your job search. While returning to education or switching careers is daunting, it might surprise you to know just how many transferable skills you have.


So as you’re brainstorming ideas for a new career path, why not consider hospitality? Working in leisure, hospitality and catering is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding careers on the market. Meet new people every day, work varied shifts and never have to sit in an office again – just a few of the many perks you could enjoy.


Michael Wisher, a UK leading recruiter of staff to the hospitality industry, explains why you should consider a career in hospitality in 2017.


New career…new life


A new job in hospitality also offers a new lifestyle. Whether you’re working in a family run restaurant, a holiday resort or a busy hotel, you’ll now start a brand new and exciting lifestyle. You could meet new people every day, make new friends and be part of a fun and dynamic atmosphere where genuinely, no two days are the same. Seeking a challenging environment? You’ve come to the right place! Hospitality is hard work and will keep you on your toes.


You can wave goodbye to the boring routine and the 9-5 rat race too. In hospitality, you will work a variety of shifts, morning, noon and night and enjoy a more flexible working life.


Broaden your horizons


If you’ve got ambitions to travel, experience new cultures or wake up to a new landscape every day, then hospitality is a great foot in the door. Every country has their own busy tourism and hospitality industry and you now have access to jobs at hot holiday resorts and hotels.


Fancy getting your sea legs? Cruise ship holidays are a big industry, (in more ways than one) so you could be tending bar on a luxury liner as you sail on exotic oceans. Plus, you’ll get time off to explore too.


More transferable skills than you think


Pouring perfect pints, silver service and turning down beds are all skills that can be taught. However, if you’re looking to work in hospitality, the chances are you already have the personality that fits – which can’t be taught. Infectious energy, a caring attitude and a big smile are hugely important skills to have in this industry. So before you start thinking you’re not qualified to work in hospitality, take a good look in the mirror, you might be surprised by what you see.


The evergreen industry


Hospitality will always be in demand, as the public will always want food, drink and entertainment. Compared to other industries, hospitality is relatively secure. Even during economic down time or the dreaded “credit-crunch” hotels and the industry on a whole survived.


There’s job growth and flexibility involved for you as an employee too. You can forget the threat of redundancy, working in hospitality allows you to add several strings to your bow, so it’s very common to transfer to new roles in the same organisation.


The all-important perks


More flexible working, making new friends and working in a dynamic working environment, are just a few of the perks of working in hospitality. You can also access a generous bonus structure, great hotel and holiday discounts, gym memberships and free food and drink too! Working in hospitality guarantees a career packed with perks.


Is a career in hospitality for me?


Like any job, working in hospitality isn’t for everyone. Yes, it’s hard work and you might be working any and all hours and doing several jobs. Therefore, hospitality is perfect for energetic employees who are selfless, go the extra mile and smile even when they don’t feel like it. So, if you’re looking for an exciting, flexible and ever changing career where you meet new people and make a real difference every day, then maybe it’s time to consider hospitality in 2017.