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Upskill from hospitality

  • 25-09-2022 4:37am
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    Has anyone here successfully upskilled from working in hospitality to working in some other industry?

    I've been working in hospitality for a few years now and quite frankly I'm sick of doing it. Thankfully my colleagues are nice, but that's about the only good thing about the job. I hate having to get up stupidly early in the mornings, especially now coming into the winter when it's cold and there's no morning sunlight.

    Ideally, I would like to get a work from home job, but I have no idea what industries I should look into and more importantly what I should study to get to my end goal. Ideally I like to do and online course or one. That means I don't have to move away from where I am living as I am pretty much fixed where I am currently living at the moment.

    My highest level of education is QQI level 5 with distinctions in business studies and I did a very short course in hospitality where I got my HACCP food safety qualification and did some barskills.

    I've had a look on springboard but even when I search for undergraduate courses it's showing me level 8. Plus I still have no idea what qualification might be the best for moving towards my end goal.

    Sorry about the long post


  • Registered Users Posts: 30 Phil92

    I did this over the course of a couple years recently. The hardest pill to swallow was that even after years of working as a chef, there are very very few companies in the office based food industry that will take on someone with hospitality who doesn't have any significant office experience or a degree. I must have done 30+ interviews in various places.

    I took a food production job that gave a better work/life balance and ended up applying for the civil service. Took a long time to get in but I've already been promoted and have my department paying for me to get a legal degree part time.

    Best option for you if you can drive might be to look for sales rep positions- Redmonds, Conaty, La Rousse, Musgraves and the like. If you're really sick of hospitality than you could potentially do something like construction or retail while doing a course part time.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    I did myself years ago. I worked in the service (not hospitality) industry, hated the long hours but the pay was decent so it was a tough decision. I moved into IT as a software engineer after doing a level 8 in UCD. I work from home mostly, so roll out of bed at 8:45 to log on for 9. I've doubled my salary and do less than half the hours. It was a really tough slog but upskilling worked out in the end.

    Research what careers are in demand, how much they are likely to pay and what the work involves. If you've a level 5 you only need to jump two more levels to reach a degree.

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 4,442 Mod ✭✭✭✭dory

    Can you go talk to a career guidance person? There are loads of jobs out there at the moment. It'll be hard to find one that's 100% work-from-home. A lot of offices want people in 50% or so at this stage. If you went into a recruitment agency and got help with your CV they could find you something. A lot of places value experience over qualifications, especially in sales roles. You might have to take a pay cut for a while before you get to the salary you're currently at.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,102 ✭✭✭job seeker

    Went from Chef, Hospitality to CO. It has given me a new lease on life!