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The Many Career Opportunities of Working at a Resort


POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 12:13pm

If you love to have fun at work, then a job working at one of the many seasonal resorts might be right for you. Resorts cater to people on vacation during the winter and summer months. Ski resorts, beach resorts and health spas all need people to work in the kitchen, dining room and guest service areas of the resort. Not all positions require a college degree, but if you are interested in management you should check out the features of a hospitality program at your local college or online.

There are several reasons why taking a job at a resort hotel would benefit your career.  For young adults graduating high school, it is the perfect way to earn money during the summer and get a taste of what the hospitality industry is all about. 

Resorts often have many openings to choose from so if you have not decided on a career direction, you can try out different positions to find one that interests you. Many high school students have no idea what they want as a career once they graduate, and a seasonal job lets them evaluate the industry and the benefits available.

Benefits of Working at a Resort

  • Seasonal contract for six months or less
  • Temporary jobs. If you don't like it you can always change positions
  • Many seasonal employees return to the same jobs every season
  • Regular benefits package for full-time employees
  • Some positions pay room and board so college students save money for school
  • Many students working at luxury resorts consider their jobs to be like a working vacation, they put in a few hours work during the day and then ski, swim, surf, and snowboard during their off times.

The best way to know if a career as a chef, ski instructor, reservation agent or hotel manager interests you is to get some hands-on experience by applying for work in one of the many resorts located around the world. Ski in Aspen, Scuba Dive in The Caribbean or learn the hula on the shores of Waikiki.

You probably already have some related interpersonal skills to apply to the position. If interested in a career in the culinary arts, you can talk to people who work in those positions and check out the features of a hospitality program. Culinary courses are fun and you will learn a lot about preparing food and cooking techniques.

The most important reasons for working in a resort hotel is that you get to meet new people, make friends, learn new skills, get a paid vacation and earn money while doing something you enjoy. When you want to advance your career, check out the features of a hospitality program for degree requirements.

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