Are you looking for inspiration? In this article, we provide you with the 30 best career tips for women from our RaizUp female leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry. Whether you are employed in your lifelong career or just starting on your career path, it can be helpful to read and listen to career advice to motivate and inspire you to do your best and be your best anywhere you are.
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30 Career Tips For Women In The Tourism And Hospitality Industry
As you continue developing in your career, you will probably wonder and ask someone in the sector for advice. It is helpful to think of professional advice like feedback, valuable experience in life. Here are our tips for the professional development to help you know which one best suits you and what you should continue to develop:
- Accept challenges – Be bold and courageous
- Keep learning and networking
- Be authentic and arm yourself with self-confidence
- Don’t be afraid to try new things
- Work on improving your skills, capacity and attitude – continuously set and achieve new SMART goals
- Get a supportive mentor who you can turn to when you just want to bounce some ideas
- Surround yourself with people who share the same vision, values and give you energy
- Work on self-awareness. Get to know yourself, including your strengths and weaknesses
- Be creative and don’t be scared to try out or propose new ideas at the workplace
- See your failures as tremendous opportunities to learn and grow
- Always have an overall plan of what you want to do, but be prepared to alter your path and adapt to changes along the way
- Others should inspire us, not become our benchmark for success
- If you want something, ask for it – be proactive and stay humble and respectful
- Step out of the comfort zone frequently and never be conventional, just be yourself
- Keep working up that ladder or changing departments until you find the role that you enjoy most
- Without challenging yourself, growth opportunities are limited
- Leverage your network and don’t be shy to reach out to new people if you have a question or need assistance for a project or career opportunity
- It is never too late to learn something new and to continue developing different talents
- Never be afraid to speak loud, support others unleashing their potential
- Be open and true to yourselves, map out your personal SWOT analysis
- Continue to inspire and motivate others through your actions and behavior
- Have a desire for knowledge, be curious and never stop learning
- Never be afraid to ask questions
- Network with as many people as possible and follow your passion
- Find a place where you make the difference and add value
- Never stop learning new things
- Forget those boundaries you sometimes create for yourself just because of the status quo and the establishment
- We all have something to say
- It’s important that we, the ones we had the opportunity to grow up, the ones we had the opportunity to show who really we are
- Join movements where you identify yourself with the values they promote
1. Accept challenges – be bold and courageous
Be bold and courageous and accept that failure is just one part of success. Be the person that accepts challenges and is willing to work towards learning something new every day. Never compare yourself to others as you are unique . And always accept support from a diverse set of people with different thoughts and experiences. Listening, learning and evolving is part of being a great leader.
2. Keep learning and networking
I think if they are part of this program it is because they have a great power already inside. I advise to continue learning, network with more women who understand our needs. Build a strong support system through knowledge exchange, mentoring, ideas sharing, etc. Speak up, contribute and help. Advocate for women who you know and who might need help and expand the community as much as you can, the bigger the community, the better!
3. Be authentic and arm yourself with self-confidence
Be authentic, don’t be afraid to speak up, but also listen to others. I love the quote, “those who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Don’t stop learning and improving and do what you feel you need to do even if somebody tries to tell you that you are not ready. Be confident about yourself. Don’t stop yourself because you think you are not good enough or lack some kind of knowledge or experience. You will learn along the way. “Self-confidence is a superpower. Once you start to believe in yourself, the magic starts happening”.
By Anna Sirba
4. Don’t be afraid to try new things
Don’t be afraid to try new things – the first step towards achieving goals is stepping out of our comfort zone. Have ‘no-fear’ and be yourself – use who you are to your advantage. Forget that Tech is (still) male dominated – as time goes by, there are more and more of us! Remember, we are SHEROES! Enjoy the journey!
By Soraia Letra
5. Work on improving your skills, capacity and attitude
I really suggest you do not stop to improve your skills, capacity and attitude; moreover set and achieve new S.M.A.R.T. goals.
6. Get a supportive mentor who you can turn to when you just want to bounce some ideas
Surround yourself in a supportive network. Get a mentor who you can go to when you just want to bounce some ideas. I’ve had a mentor for over 10 years and I still go to him for advice. Have courage, be curious, speak up and stand up for yourself!
7. Surround yourself with people who share the same vision, values and give you energy
Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. As cheesy as it sounds, you have to believe in yourself first. The rest will naturally flow and follow.
I experienced many times that people who didn’t really know me, tried to tell me what was right or wrong in my development. At first, I believed it because I was young and didn’t know better. Until I realized that nobody else takes action for me and my career.
I started to work a bit harder, got a voice and ignored the people who wanted to put me into a drawer. And suddenly, people noticing you differently and get drawn to you and your work. Surround yourself with folks who share the same vision, values and give you energy.
8. Work on self-awareness. Get to know yourself, including your strengths and weaknesses
I realized over the years that we, women, tend to underestimate our skills. We often think that we won’t try to get that position because we don’t have X or Y yet. We think we need to be perfect to go for what we want.
But second-guessing can be paralyzing and I believe that things only happen if we are in motion. Maybe that job you want to apply for, but think you are not qualified, is your perfect match. Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t underestimate your value. Try. You will never know otherwise.
Also, don’t think you are too old for anything on your professional path. I changed my career in my 30s and then again at 38 years old. It’s not easy, but not impossible.
However, I don’t mean throwing everything you have to simply go after your dreams. I’m bold but not naive. So, evaluate your current situation and if you are not happy about it, start planning how to get where you want.
Boosting the confidence we need requires a good dose of self-awareness. Knowing yourself, strengths, likes/dislikes, and blind spots are the best weapons one can have to face any challenge.
9. Be creative and don’t be scared to try out or propose new ideas at the workplace
Be creative and don’t be scared to try out or propose new ideas at the workplace – the right people will sooner or later notice and support you. I’ve heard so many times “Oh, I have this idea but…” and people are stopping themselves from what they are really passionate about. Switch the “but” with “and” – that’s when the magic happens. Even if some of your ideas don’t work, you’ll learn far more lessons from that than any other mundane task.
10. See your failures as tremendous opportunities to learn and grow
Get it done. Find no excuses to procrastinate.
Not necessarily everything works right away. Before a project that brings you satisfaction, there could be a series of failures that should not be seen as such but as “tremendous opportunities” to learn what you like or don’t like to do, what works and what really doesn’t.
11. Always have an overall plan of what you want to do
Always have an overall plan of what you want to do, remembering that anything is possible. Along the way realize that things will change, so be prepared to alter your path and adapt.
12. Others should inspire us, not become our benchmark for success
Others should inspire us, not become our benchmark for success. Being young, I often fall into the trap of comparisons, only to realize later on that it is not fair to compare myself against those with so many years in any given industry. It is important to remind ourselves that every career growth journey is unique.
13. If you want something, ask for it – be proactive and stay humble and respectful
If you want something, ask for it. Do not assume your manager will build your career, be proactive and shine your profile internally. Just remember to stay humble and respectful.
By Erika Bucsi
14. Step out of the comfort zone frequently and never be conventional, just be yourself
You are stronger, braver, and smarter than you think. Don’t let unconscious bias diminish your light! Don’t stop learning and improving, education is power. Work on your weaknesses and turn them into opportunities. Step out of the comfort zone frequently. In my career, I jumped into roles and projects that were full of responsibility and scary for me at the beginning. But I did it, and so can you. I also had challenging relationships with some workmates, but that did not stop me from taking my stand even if that resulted as looking “unconventional”. The truth is, never be conventional, just be yourself.
15. Keep working up that ladder or changing departments until you find the role that you enjoy most
There is always space for you, even if sometimes it feels like there isn’t. I’ve found that people who are in hospitality absolutely love it and have worked very hard to be there, studying hospitality and/or working their way from the bottom up. There’s a lot of graft involved in it, and it can be really gruelling at times but if it’s right for you, stick with it. It’s an amazing industry and the rewards can be fantastic, so keep working up that ladder or changing departments until you find the role that you enjoy most.
By Aimee Gaudin
16. Without challenging yourself, growth opportunities are limited
The advice I would give to anyone starting out is to take risks and not be afraid of new challenges or opportunities. My career path was not obvious, I had to make many twists and turns along the way to get where I am today…and I’m only halfway there!
It requires taking some chances, risks and being bold. But those were the moments where I learned the most. Without challenging yourself, growth opportunities are limited. So take those risks. You will be better for it in the long run, regardless of the short-term outcome -and go for it!
By Devi Virdi
17. Leverage your network and don’t be shy to reach out to new people if you have a question or need assistance for a project or career opportunity
Leverage your network, don’t be shy about reaching out to strangers if you have a question or in need of assistance for a project or career opportunity. We work within one of the best industries where hospitality is a core value for most of us.That makes us the friendliest bunch of professionals out there.
By Thanh Luu
18. It is never too late to learn something new and to continue developing different talents
From a young and humble view, I would advise not to be afraid to try and start new projects or career paths. It is never too late to learn something new and to continue developing different talents. This is very related to self-confidence, to get to know oneself so well that we do not question our capacity to achieve our goals.
19. Never be afraid to speak loud, support others unleashing their potential
See people happy enjoying themselves and knowing that I can contribute. My advice for women in hospitality and travel-tech: Be yourself, be bold, don’t shrink your opinions, never be afraid to speak loud, support others unleashing their potential.
By Sylvie Neves
20. Be open and true to yourselves, map out your personal SWOT analysis
Be open and true to yourselves, map out your personal SWOT analysis. You need to see your worth before others do, and by knowing who you truly are, you can then find your niche. Once you find it, hold on to it, improve your skills to further excel and manifest your talent. Be patient and not afraid to get your hands dirty along the way, as these all contribute to your development. And be curious on what other similar nature industries are doing, as you will find new horizons along the way.
By Peggy Li
21. Continue to inspire and motivate others through your actions and behavior
Many strong women in the industry have inspired me through their leadership skills, clear communication skills (compared to male counterparts), innovation/creativity, openness to change, vision, and my advice to other women is to continue to inspire and motivate others through your actions and behavior. Change is coming and not all may be on-board (yet!), but I know the future is in women making their mark even more in this amazing industry!
By Dr. Reneé Minnaar
22. Have a desire for knowledge, be curious and never stop learning
Have a desire for knowledge, be curious and never stop learning. In my opinion, personal and professional development is an ongoing process that helps you to become the best version of yourself at the workplace and in life. I am extremely fortunate to have great mentors at the company I work at and at my place of education, who share their knowledge and in this way help me to follow that very advice myself. I feel it is extremely important and hence, I would also say that it would be very beneficial to seek for a knowledgeable person at the early stages of your career who is willing to mentor and guide you as well as to share their own expertise with you.
23. Never be afraid to ask questions
This is such an exciting industry to be a part of – one with lots of opportunities and innovation. Never be afraid to ask questions! Either when you don’t understand something very well or when you want to know more about a possible opportunity. There’s a Dutch expression that goes: “You have a “no”, but you can get a “yes””. Go get it!
24. Network with as many people as possible and follow your passion
There are women out there much braver than me when it comes to entrepreneurship! I can tell them to follow inclusive groups like WHTT, network with as many people as possible and follow their passions. In our sector, there are women who pursue their dreams, with dedication and vision, and build businesses that reflect their beliefs that become successful and really leave their mark! The rise of the woman entrepreneur and decision-maker is essential to unlock the potential of our country.
25. Find a place where you make the difference and add value
Ask a trusted leader to act as your mentor, somebody you respect. Work with this individual to identify ways in which you can develop a self improvement plan. Set targets so you can demonstrate a learning curve.
Ensure the company has a focus on well-being within the workplace – do they promote job security, safety, flexible working, and that wellness is on their agenda.
Don’t be afraid to speak up and shout about your achievements, express your knowledge and your opinion. And it is really important to build a network – it can be really helpful at all stages of your career.
And finally, find a place where you make the difference and add value.
By Gail Kenny
26. Never stop learning new things
The best advice for women in hospitality and travel tech is to never stop learning new things because it is such a dynamic industry and which is getting more and more professional. Being up-to-date with the technological advances will give you a clear advantage.
It doesn’t matter where you work, figure out which technology or skills are currently in demand in your area of work (or in the area you want to be in the future) and make sure you take courses in your free time, even if they are for free or without an official degree, it’s about the skills you learn and not the degrees you have.
Don’t be afraid to show that you have acquired those skills. Especially us women deal with a lot of imposter-syndrome thoughts on a regular basis so it is important to remember that learning new skills is an ongoing process. Don’t compare yourself with someone that has 10 years more experience than you do, compare yourself to your own self one year ago and you will realize how far you have come since then.
27. Forget those boundaries you sometimes create for yourself just because of the status quo and the establishment
Forget those boundaries you sometimes create for yourself just because of the status quo and the establishment. There are no limits and you can certainly create your own journey and follow a path that nobody ever did before you! Be curious, learn constantly and never stop exploring new areas. Connecting with industry peers or people you would consider as mentors is a part of that learning experience, getting to know others, their challenges, their perspectives, their path…and most importantly let’s make friends along the way!
28. We all have something to say
Don’t wait to show what you’ve got and speak out. We all have something to say.
By Eva Fayemi
29. It’s important that we, the ones we had the opportunity to grow up, the ones we had the opportunity to show who really we are
This is a really complicated answer, because it’s very difficult to find general advice that fits perfectly with every woman in this big community. I just want to say that many times I heard women saying that they can’t grow up just because the manager thinks that she is not strong enough. Most of the time they’re just afraid to show up who they really are just because they grow up in the wrong environment, that makes them think they are not “enough”, just because of their gender. So it’s important that we, the ones we had the opportunity to grow up, the ones we had the opportunity to show who really we are, we need to show them the way, and teach them to never feel inappropriate just because of their gender.
By Anna Alaimo
30. Join movements where you identify yourself with the values they promote
Network as much as you can and join movements where you identify yourself with the values they promote. Together we can change the world!