A dynamic career path that comes with all the thrill of outdoor adventure as well as all the luxury of a lucrative paycheck: For the right kind of person, it’s a dream come true.
While working in hospitality and resort management can be challenging, it’s also rewarding — and more than anything, it’s a ton of fun!
Read on to see if you have what it takes to succeed in a hospitality-focused career.
1. You’re high-energy and enjoy being around people.
In almost every aspect of the hospitality industry, you’ll be working with guests in one way or another. As such, it goes without saying that the kind of people who thrive in the hospitality field are those who are people-oriented and energetic.
If you thrive on social interaction or if you’ve ever been told that you’re a natural leader, then this career may be the perfect fit for you.
2. Your ideal career allows you to be active and involves spending time outdoors.
Have you ever spent an exhilarating weekend riding the slopes at a mountain resort, only to begrudgingly return to “real life” on Monday morning? If you decide to work in resort management, your “real life” will have these adventures around every corner! The ski slopes will be only as far away as your next lunch break and an adrenaline-filled mountain biking trip just steps outside your front door!
Working at a resort means that even while you’re on the clock, you can be involved in these activities in one way or another: Consider a career as the director of a ski school or even as the director of mountain operations.
If you choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Green Mountain College's Killington School of Resort Management, you’ll live, study, and work at Killington Resort — a college experience that will provide just a tantalizing taste of what your life could be like after graduation.
3. You’re eager to start your career as soon as possible.
KSRM offers an accelerated bachelor’s degree in a three-year format, making this program perfect for students who want to begin working sooner rather than later. Why would you waste extra months sitting in class when there’s a smarter option?
Finishing your degree in three years instead of the typical four is also cost-efficient: In addition to only paying for three years’ worth of tuition, you’ll be able to start earning a real salary much sooner than you would otherwise.
4. You’d rather learn through practice than spend time in a classroom.
If you’ve never been the kind of person who enjoys writing research papers and memorizing flashcards, you may excel in KSRM’s experiential, people-focused curriculum.
A full one-third of your time in this program will be spent working in internships and co-ops, allowing you to gain hands-on experience in what you’ve been studying. It’s worth noting that these co-ops are paid opportunities, so you’ll be earning cash and college credit at the same time!
5. You’d like a well-paying career — but not one that requires a 9-to-5 desk job.
The hospitality industry is rife with lucrative job opportunities that don’t involve sitting in an office all day. Successful event planners can earn over $80,000 annually, and food and beverage directors working in resorts or hotels earn around $62,000 per year. A lodging manager of a hotel or ski resort can earn close to $100,000 per year, and the median annual wage for a marketing manager is $132,000!
6. You’re entrepreneurial and want the flexibility to pursue (or create!) new opportunities.
If you decide to take your career in a different direction, you’ll realize that the skills taught in KSRM’s program are useful in almost any aspect of the business or hospitality industries.
A curriculum that includes courses such as marketing research, accounting, and hospitality law will provide you with in-demand, easily transferable knowledge to enable you to take your entrepreneurial ventures to new heights.
Do you want to open a bed and breakfast on the coast of Maine? Establish a mountain bike tour company in the mountains of Utah? Launch your own line of snowboarding gear? At KSRM, you’ll learn the academic business principles that you need to succeed in any one of these things.