I started working in hospitality 3 years ago without knowing anything at all. Now I actually like the industry and I have started a 5 years degree on Tourism Management and Economics. I have learnt so much working for the same hotel for the last 3 years and I have developed few positions during this time. Currently I have a strong background in F&B and FO and now I have been promoted to a position not related to hospitality in the same hotel (Finance) and I don’t really know how I could progress from now on.
I started as waiter and then after couple of months working in the reception I was promoted as DM, position which I have hold for year and a half. So, I was expecting to grow vertically in the FO department, but I have actually grown to a totally different department which actually has nothing to do with hospitality.
I will be taking over the whole finance for the hotel (relatively small, between 200 and 300 rooms) and I will be potentially transferred to a very important hotel (60 times revenue) at some point next year.
I motivate myself setting a target for the following years, but right now I am really lost as this is very very beneficial to me but also unexpected. I will most probably learn in the next year more than I have learnt for the last 3 yrs, but I am not so sure this experience will be useful to grow in the hospitality side of the business. I mean, if in the future I jump again to the customer service side, which I am pretty sure I will, would I have any benefits because of this (valuable) experience in finance?
I’m worried that I will stay, let’s say, 3-4 years here, and after I move back to my motherland I will not have a chance to work as Finance, and I will have to move back again as hotelier, in which case I would have lost 3-4 of potential experience in hospitality. Anyone has any idea on how could this experience could be useful to me in the future and therefore help me establishing a new target?