Choosing a career in hospitality can be a rewarding and fulfilling decision for several reasons. Ultimately, the decision to pursue a career in hospitality and tourism depends on individual preferences, interests, and career goals. The sector offers a diverse range of opportunities and can be particularly appealing for those who enjoy working with people and creating positive experiences.
When Aoife Doherty, graduate of ATU was exploring her options, she felt that a career in Hospitality Management would be of interest to her. Aoife added, “When I chose to study Hospitality Management it was the student-lecturer ratio that appealed to me, the lecturing team at ATU are so supportive, this is unique in a university environment. During my work placements, I sampled roles in sales and also, in front office management, and ultimately, these placements led me towards my role today as Leisure Sales Executive at Lough Eske Castle.”
Aoife further added, “All the while, during my study I was preparing for a career in this industry. In my role, I attend trade shows on behalf of Lough Eske Castle and this has given me the chance to connect with people from all over the world, and has presented me with opportunities to travel. If someone asked me should I consider a career in this industry then I’d say, 100%, go for it! Lots of people left this industry following Covid, however, many people like me are returning to a career in Hospitality as the opportunities you are given are second to none and the skills you gain are incredible. Later this year, I will attend trade shows on behalf of Lough Eske Castle in the United States and the United Kingdom, all of which are incredible opportunities afforded to me for choosing a career in the Hospitality sector.”
Fiona Kelly, ATU Marketing Manager commented, “Hospitality is a global industry, providing opportunities to work in various locations around the world. This can be particularly appealing for individuals like Aoife who enjoy travelling or who want to experience different cultures. At ATU, we offer a wide range of diverse programmes in Hospitality and Tourism. From Hospitality and Tourism Management, Event Management and Public Relations to Business in Tourism, there is a little something for everyone at ATU. If you are interested in Culinary, our Killybegs and Galway City campuses offer programmes in Culinary Arts for the budding chefs. If you enjoy working with people and providing excellent customer service, a career in hospitality can be very satisfying. Whether it’s managing a hotel, restaurant, or event, you’ll have the chance to create positive experiences for guests and ATU will prepare you for this sector.”
Fiona further added, “All of our ATU programmes provide Erasmus or International work placement opportunities, which is incredibly exciting for learners to explore and engage with.”
Working in hospitality can help you develop a range of transferable skills, including communication, problem-solving, time management, and leadership. These skills are valuable in many other professions as well. The hospitality industry is known for its dynamic and fast-paced nature. If you thrive in environments where every day can bring new challenges and experiences, hospitality might be a good fit. Working in this field provides numerous opportunities to connect with professionals, customers, and networks, which can be beneficial for future career growth.
For more information on study options in Hospitality at ATU, visit www.atu.ie/choosehospitality