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UNIT 2Lesson 1Career Progression and Pros/ConsIntroductionMichael is looking for a part-time summer job prior to his senior year in highschool. Eventually, he wants to become a chef. After applying and interviewing forseveral jobs, he' is offered two positions. One position is as a dishwasher at a localrestaurant, which pays minimum wage. The other position is through a locallandscaping company, and it pays about $1 per hour more than the dishwashingjob. Michael asks you which job you think he should take. What would you tell him?With such a diverse range of businesses, it is not surprising that the hospitality andtourism industry offers people a wide range of career options. However, most positionswithin this industry rest on the common characteristic of being service-oriented. Inother words, the hospitality and tourism industry involves taking care of people andmeeting their needs. This can include providing individuals with places to stay awayfrom home, feeding them, or transporting them from place to place.What is a Career Path?Before we discuss all the different career types you may find in the hospitality andtourism industry, let’s think a bit about what a career is in general and how it typicallyprogresses. When discussing careers in the hospitality and tourism industry, it can behelpful to think about a career path. Acareer pathincludes various positions a workermoves through one by one as they grow in an organization or industry. In other words,careers in one area may have common “steps” or jobs as a person progresses in theirchosen career path, such as an individual starting out in an entry-level position before
gaining a managerial position. However, it’s also important to remember that the pathmay not be a straight one or follow the same course for every person.You might think of a career path as similar to climbing a large hill. There often aremultiple ways to reach the top, but the paths typically don’t go straight up thehill. Instead, the paths zigzag their way up the hill to make the climb easier. Careerpaths are often analogous to this. Each step in the progression may only be a smalladvance, and it’s likely that someone will need to take several steps instead of leapingfrom the bottom to the top.Imagine that you’re hired to work in a restaurant. You may start out as part of thewaitstaff. After a few years, you might be promoted to shift manager. You may alsowork as a bartender or in other positions within the restaurant. As you continue to gainexperience, you may accept a position in a different restaurant as the waitstaff manageror possibly take an assistant manager position. From there, you might be offered a jobas the general manager of a restaurant, and later on, you could receive an offer tobecome the regional manager for a restaurant chain. Each step in the career path helpsyou gain experience for future positions, but you may find that you really enjoy oneparticular job and decide to stay at that level.

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