Get out of the Hospitality sector, I did after 28 years , 10 years ago , Recent reflections suggest it was advice I was wise to take 😏
Is maith an scáthán súil charad.
"You should always be earning at least your age in salary as a measure of success."
This was in the era of punts but stood with me in life as a good barometer of how I was doing. For example you are 25, you should be earning at least IR£25k (€32k).
The Peter Principle is true
Don't over indulge, you don't need a fancy car or a fancy house.
Get out of the rat race as soon as you can.
The only reason your buying these things is to impress other people.
My advice would be to only open your mouth when you have to and when you do, be distinct, articulate, knowledgeable.
Don't badmouth anybody as people are liars and stuff gets back to who you were speaking about. Take this advice, "A good diplomat always thinks twice, before saying....... Nothing!"
People you work with are not your friends (in the most part), they are only people you work with. As soon as you move on, you will not speak to 99% of them again.
If you manage people, be nice to them, be a human, see it from their side. Don't take bullshit from people and don't let people take advantqge of your good nature. No matter how well you get on with someone, if they are not up to the job, get rid of them. Give them a chance to prove they can do the job, if they can't, get rid of them quickly. It is important to surround yourself with smart people, in some instances smarter than you... (Specialised fields). If you are responsible for a wide area, you can't be an expert in all areas, that is where you need the smart people to step up.... Treat these people very well, don't micro-manage, give them a job and trust them to get it done, they will work very hard for you.
Have measurements in place, if you can measure something you can manage it. Status reports, what has to be done, who is doing it and when does it have to be completed. Be an effective delegator in this regard.
Last thing, don't be a dick, nobody cares if you have a big job, an office, loads of staff, be nice, treat people well and your job will be easy. Communication and relationships are key....
It can be hard to take action on this but the best advice I've had I think is to not necessarily find a good job but find a good manager. My previous job on paper was great but I had a manager who was absolutely toxic and probably harmed my career more than anything.
But of course this is difficult - how do you know what a manager will be like before taking a job?
I'm in it for 4 years and even that is far too long.. Absolute slavery..
Well one bit of advice I could give in that is to follow your gut in an interview.
If the person interviewing is going to be your manager and you don't like them at interview stage. Or just get a general odd vibe. Run.
Unfortunately this is speaking from experience.
I hear you, there was a time it was a great industry to be in, Excellent Training, Quality driven , gosh even the word Hospitality meant something, it went to shyte before the boom and down the drain during the crash. The pandemic, and for all the wrong reasons exposed what an awful career it was to be in (Not all businesses course but generally)
I get what you're saying. I totally agree with all your points also. All it is worth now is having cooking as a life skill. Nothing more.
Ranks right up there with "Everyone lies", except it is not true. Most people are honest and don't lie and I'm say that as some how has worked in the area of fraud investigation. It's the regular excuse you hear from people trying to justify their actions, when they are caught and ironically the reason they got caught is because one or many of the honest decent people raised a red flag about them.
Never add management/bosses/supervisors to your social media, Instagram, Facebook or allow personal phone or laptop to be used for work.
Keep both business and pleasure separate! If they want you to have a company phone fair, but never provide access to your personal devices.
May have been said already but a few I've taken a bit from:
More applies to people setting up own businesses.
'Don't take responsibility for other peoples lives or livelihoods'
So someone likes say the creative side of advertising and set up as self employed, their own boss and pride in their work. Comes a point where too many clients and they take on someone else, then someone else. Before they realise it, there's now a heavy payroll to be met, employees with loans and lives to manage. They go from self employed and enjoying the creative thing they do to now endlessly chasing work and contracts to sustain the payroll... the other side of the equation.