In the last two posts, we looked at some of the standard credentials offered by hospitality schools: diplomas and certificates in management and in various areas of food service. But today the hospitality industry extends beyond the walls of hotels and restaurants into many other areas. Here are some of the broader credentials offered by vocational schools.
Hospitality and tourism diploma or certificate
Travel and tourism is such a big industry that it is really its own area, but because of the many crossovers with hospitality, many hospitality schools offer combined certificates or diplomas in travel and tourism. Students in these programs are introduced to all aspects of the hospitality and travel industries, including the workings of hotels and restaurants as well as the major systems used for booking flights, hotel rooms, and more. These certificates and diplomas prepare students for entry level positions in a variety of hospitality environments, like as hotel front desk agents, travel agents, cruise specialists, and online travel booking agents. Like the culinary programs discussed in the previous post, many hospitality and tourism programs take between 12 and 18 months to complete and provide externship opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in the industry.
Event planning diploma or certificate
Event planning has really taken off over the past few years, growing out of the field of wedding planning. Today event planning is one of the hottest fields, and it continues to grow exponentially. To respond to the huge need for qualified professionals in this area, many hospitality schools now offer diplomas and certificates in event planning.
Students in these programs learn everything necessary to plan and manage conventions, weddings, parties, and other events, including budgeting, negotiating contracts, working with vendors, planning and supervising décor and technical teams, and managing staff. They also learn key skills like how to deal with anxious brides and how to select the right photographer for an event. Students are usually able to earn their credentials in 1 year or less.
Over the past three posts, we’ve looked at the major credentials available from hospitality schools. All of these programs are designed for students who want to enter the workforce as soon as possible, and they can all be completed in less than a year and a half. In addition to the diversity in the types of programs offered, students at hospitality schools also have choices concerning the format of their courses—some are full-time, some are part-time, and some can even be taken online.
The hospitality industry is large and growing, and earning a certificate or diploma is a great way for you to prepare yourself to take advantage of the boom. Explore your hospitality school options to jumpstart your career today.