Graduate jobs in Hospitality

How to get a job in hospitality, leisure and travel?

You don’t need a degree in a subject related to hospitality, leisure or travel to start a career in this sector, which offers graduate jobs and training schemes in areas such as hotel management, pub management and visitor attractions. Work experience is essential, whether through a placement or a part-time job. Our guide to getting hired in hospitality, leisure and travel covers the basics you need to know for a successful job hunt.

Graduate jobs versus schemes in hospitality, leisure and travel

There are many routes into careers in this sector, including graduate schemes run by large employers, roles with employers both large and small that provide on-the-job training, and postgraduate qualifications that will show your commitment and help you develop industry contacts. Our list of key employers gives a broad overview of your employment options and covers areas such as hotel chains, pubs, restaurants and fast-food chains, event management and leisure.

Top skills to get a job in hospitality, leisure and travel

Key skills for this industry include:

  • Good customer service
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility
  • Commercial awareness
  • Resilience, stamina and enthusiasm
  • Language skills can be an advantage, particularly as some graduate roles in hotel management may involve overseas placements.

Our top ten skills for getting a graduate job in hospitality will give you more insights into what employers are looking for.

What is it like to work in hospitality, leisure and travel?

Hospitality, leisure and tourism is a buzzy, 24-hour industry that ranges from budget travel to luxury hotels and fine dining, and offers early management responsibility. It’s a great career choice for practical, commercially minded, can-do types who are good with people and enjoy problem solving and thinking on their feet. Different areas of work in hospitality and leisure include the following:

What degrees do employers in hospitality, leisure and travel look for?

A degree in a business, hospitality or retail-related subject is not usually a requirement, but may be an advantage when applying to graduate programmes for management roles in hospitality and travel. Relevant subjects include business administration, tourism management or economics. If you don’t have a relevant degree it’s essential to have relevant work experience.

Are there any opportunities for graduates with 2.2s?

Many hospitality, leisure and travel employers are open to applications from graduates who don’t have a 2.1. Having the right personality, attitude and experience is often more important than top academic results. Our advice on hospitality and travel employers who recruit students with 2.2s will help your research.