Top Reasons to Choose a Career In Catering

With so many career avenues available, it can be hard to know which path to take. Catering is one such avenue. Even with fluctuation in the economy, the hospitality industry has shown great resilience in its business and has certainly boomed over recent years. Like a lot of other hospitality roles, catering hours can be long and tiring, however the rewards are worth every moment. Here are some of the reason why you should should choose a career in catering and what can you expect from it.

Clear career path

With hospitality, there are a lot of choices when deciding on what kind of career you wish to pursue. One of the greatest things about hospitality is the great potential, even without higher education (although it does help). When working in hospitality and catering, you will be able to have a clear understanding of what you will need to grow within the business. If you’re aiming for a management position, to be a head chef, or perhaps even run your own catering business, the path to these roles are always clear and attainable with hard work and dedication.

Great opportunities

Catering is required in varying countries, locations and for differing events. Whether you want to spend your time working in one area or city, or if you wish to travel across different continents working as a caterer, the opportunities are almost endless. Some job roles don’t offer this kind of opportunity, so it can be a unique opportunity for you.

Creativity

When working as a caterer, especially if you run your own business, you will have a great avenue for showcasing your creativity. If you want to show your flair for food on a large scale, this is easily obtainable as a caterer. If you have a creative side, you may find it helps you in the catering business.

Appreciation

If it wasn’t for your catering skills, no-one would have had a decent meal at the wedding. Being a caterer means that people will show their appreciation for your great work. There are little other roles where your appreciation is often shown, but this is prevalent in the catering business. If you do a good job, be prepared to be thanked for your job well done, which is sure to give you a great feeling at the end of the day.

Job variety

One event might be a wedding, another could be a baby shower. Alternatively, you might be preparing food for a work conference. With catering, you’re not stuck in one location, with one kind of menu, day in and day out. In catering, there can be great variety week in and week out, which can help to ensure you aren’t bored within your job.

It’s cheaper than buying a restaurant

If you’re looking at starting your own catering business, you may find that it’s a cheaper option than opening a restaurant. There is a lot of work involved with opening a restaurant, especially if you’re starting one from scratch. A catering business can be a lot easier to establish and will also allow you to have more creative freedom as opposed to a restaurant setting.

Staff may be easier to obtain

Some people interested in cooking and the hospitality industry are busy working their “day job” or completing further studies. Therefore, a full time job in a kitchen may not be available or the best option. If running a catering business, you may need a few extra hands on a weekend or for a specific event, which means casual employment will be a huge bonus. You may find it easier to find those looking for work in the industry are only looking for casual hours, so hiring staff could be easier than a restaurant setting.

More customer interaction

As a caterer, you may find that you are working closer with clients and customers more than you would in a restaurant. This is especially true if working in a restaurant or commercial kitchen. In this case, you may be in the kitchen and never see a paying customer as only the servers and waiters are out on the floor. As a caterer, you can work closer with clients, assessing their needs and deciding a menu suited to them and their event. If you enjoy talking with customers and getting to know them better, catering may be a really great option for you.

Be a multi-tasker

Like many businesses, it’s important to be well organised and be able to multi-task. You may have several events coming up and need to ensure you have all ingredients from suppliers, staff are available and all equipment is in good working order. It’s also not uncommon to receive some last minute requests from your clients if anything changes for them. This calls for the ability to be flexible in your work and be a quick thinker. If you can multi-task, you will find that issues that arise are easier to deal with.

Getting Started

Working as a caterer certainly has it’s perks. You have a lot more creative freedom, flexibility and the ability to truly help customers and clients with their needs. If you love cooking, organising, helping with events and love talking to customers, a role in the catering industry may be a great move for you. With so many different options in the hospitality industry and many opportunities to get involved, now is a great time to join a fast-growing industry that will continue for years to come.

If you’re interested in this career path then you might want to consider taking a course to increase your qualifications. Visit the International Career Institute for more information about catering courses.

With so many career avenues available, it can be hard to know which path to take. Catering is one such avenue. Even with fluctuation in the economy, the hospitality industry has shown great resilience in its business and has certainly boomed over recent years. Like a lot of other hospitality roles, catering hours can be long and tiring, however the rewards are worth every moment. Here are some of the reason why you should should choose a career in catering and what can you expect from it.

Clear career path

With hospitality, there are a lot of choices when deciding on what kind of career you wish to pursue. One of the greatest things about hospitality is the great potential, even without higher education (although it does help). When working in hospitality and catering, you will be able to have a clear understanding of what you will need to grow within the business. If you’re aiming for a management position, to be a head chef, or perhaps even run your own catering business, the path to these roles are always clear and attainable with hard work and dedication.

Great opportunities

Catering is required in varying countries, locations and for differing events. Whether you want to spend your time working in one area or city, or if you wish to travel across different continents working as a caterer, the opportunities are almost endless. Some job roles don’t offer this kind of opportunity, so it can be a unique opportunity for you.

Creativity

When working as a caterer, especially if you run your own business, you will have a great avenue for showcasing your creativity. If you want to show your flair for food on a large scale, this is easily obtainable as a caterer. If you have a creative side, you may find it helps you in the catering business.

Appreciation

If it wasn’t for your catering skills, no-one would have had a decent meal at the wedding. Being a caterer means that people will show their appreciation for your great work. There are little other roles where your appreciation is often shown, but this is prevalent in the catering business. If you do a good job, be prepared to be thanked for your job well done, which is sure to give you a great feeling at the end of the day.

Job variety

One event might be a wedding, another could be a baby shower. Alternatively, you might be preparing food for a work conference. With catering, you’re not stuck in one location, with one kind of menu, day in and day out. In catering, there can be great variety week in and week out, which can help to ensure you aren’t bored within your job.

It’s cheaper than buying a restaurant

If you’re looking at starting your own catering business, you may find that it’s a cheaper option than opening a restaurant. There is a lot of work involved with opening a restaurant, especially if you’re starting one from scratch. A catering business can be a lot easier to establish and will also allow you to have more creative freedom as opposed to a restaurant setting.

Staff may be easier to obtain

Some people interested in cooking and the hospitality industry are busy working their “day job” or completing further studies. Therefore, a full time job in a kitchen may not be available or the best option. If running a catering business, you may need a few extra hands on a weekend or for a specific event, which means casual employment will be a huge bonus. You may find it easier to find those looking for work in the industry are only looking for casual hours, so hiring staff could be easier than a restaurant setting.

More customer interaction

As a caterer, you may find that you are working closer with clients and customers more than you would in a restaurant. This is especially true if working in a restaurant or commercial kitchen. In this case, you may be in the kitchen and never see a paying customer as only the servers and waiters are out on the floor. As a caterer, you can work closer with clients, assessing their needs and deciding a menu suited to them and their event. If you enjoy talking with customers and getting to know them better, catering may be a really great option for you.

Be a multi-tasker

Like many businesses, it’s important to be well organised and be able to multi-task. You may have several events coming up and need to ensure you have all ingredients from suppliers, staff are available and all equipment is in good working order. It’s also not uncommon to receive some last minute requests from your clients if anything changes for them. This calls for the ability to be flexible in your work and be a quick thinker. If you can multi-task, you will find that issues that arise are easier to deal with.

Getting Started

Working as a caterer certainly has it’s perks. You have a lot more creative freedom, flexibility and the ability to truly help customers and clients with their needs. If you love cooking, organising, helping with events and love talking to customers, a role in the catering industry may be a great move for you. With so many different options in the hospitality industry and many opportunities to get involved, now is a great time to join a fast-growing industry that will continue for years to come.

If you’re interested in this career path then you might want to consider taking a course to increase your qualifications. Visit the International Career Institute for more information about catering courses.

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Gladys Mae

Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.