How Do I Become a Hotel Management Trainee?

Erik J.J. Goserud
Erik J.J. Goserud
Some companies and individual properties provide on-the-job training for aspiring hotel managers.
Some companies and individual properties provide on-the-job training for aspiring hotel managers.

If you aspire to become a hotel management trainee, you can do a number of things to reach this goal. The term trainee is sometimes broad in definition, but it basically means a person who is still in the learning phase of a new skill. Sometimes, this may be a full-fledged student; other times, a trainee describes an already-hired employee not yet set off on his or her own. To become a hotel management trainee, you need to gain an education in this field and make contacts.

Getting an education is important if you want to succeed at anything. Although modern technology has made information available at the fingertips of anyone with computer access, there is no substitute to the regimented learning style of accredited universities. Additionally, most instructors have studied extensively in their fields and are able to articulate many insights that may not be available online. The best instructors also find ways to motivate and inspire their students along the way.

In addition to these obvious reasons why education is important, most programs geared toward helping people become a hotel management trainee also come with an important slip of paper: a diploma. Having tangible proof of your completion of a specific program can help you land the trainee position of your dreams. If you find yourself at the end of a successful completion of a hotel management program, it is time to look for a job or internship.

Both full-time positions and short-term internships may include time as a trainee. Networking is key during this process as it really is who you know that helps you in your career. A capable individual will probably find a job, but the unfortunate reality is that most positions are filled through relationships and not skill. This makes it very important to never waste an opportunity to meet people if you ever want to become a hotel management trainee. While general networking can never hurt, meeting people who have experience and connections in a specialty can be very informative and useful.

For example, you may want to get into the hospitality aspect of hotel management, or perhaps the logistical side of things better suits you. Perhaps neither of these are exactly what you're looking for, and what you really need is to be involved on the culinary management side of things. Hotels must cater to guests in a plethora of ways, each offering opportunities to become a hotel management trainee. There is always opportunity for lateral movement, so it doesn't hurt to get your foot in the door in any way possible.

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    • Some companies and individual properties provide on-the-job training for aspiring hotel managers.
      By: Berni
      Some companies and individual properties provide on-the-job training for aspiring hotel managers.