20 years ago, the career prospects for housekeepers working in the hospitality industry were non-existent. Generally, you started as a housekeeper in a hotel and your career was permanently stuck there.
However, these days there are more hotel chains and hospitality centers than ever before which gives those in this field more places in which to work. In addition, there are more colleges offering degrees and certifications in the field of Hospitality Management than ever before.
Below are 5 key career strategies which can launch your career path as a housekeeper working within the hospitality field into new heights:
1. Write up a 3 month, 6 month, and 1 year career plan.
List out things such as which skills/training you need both currently have and need to obtain, where you would like to be working, and the steps that you need to take to get there.
2. Learn a foreign language
Learning a foreign language will help you to communicate with other hotel staff and guests.
3. Research other hotel chains
It is always good to have a firm idea about other companies within your industries.
4. Become an expert on your industry
Read blogs, podcasts, watch videos, and attend workshops which pertain to the hospitality industry. This will enable you to get a full view of your career prospects within the hospitality industry.
5. Obtain a degree/certification in Hospitality Management and/or a related field.
Your existing knowledge about the way in which a hotel operates will give you an edge in your classes.
6. Be willing to cross-train in other departments
There may be times in which the hotel in which you are working becomes short staffed. You may be called in to help the front desk answer phones, to set up/tear down an event with the banquet staff, and/or help the bellhops to load up luggage. These stop gap substitutions are the perfect time for you to learn a few new skills and to network with co-workers in different departments.
Being part of the housekeeping staff of a hotel offers a great opportunity to learn about the hospitality industry.