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Hospitality Management Program

Hospitality & Hotel Management Careers

The top-ranked Chicago Hospitality Management program at Kendall contextualizes the curriculum from day one so students are well equipped to enter the fast-paced and competitive industry upon graduation. Whether you plan to manage an entire resort or simply start an event planning business, you’ll be able to thrive in an ever-changing industry thanks to Kendall College’s unique approach to hospitality education.

Alumni pursue a wide variety of hospitality management careers after graduation. 97% of the students in our Hospitality Management program that graduated in June 2015 reported employment within six months of graduating because we provide specialized knowledge and the training to manage operations and adapt to whatever challenges come your way. Our alumni are enjoying success in several distinct hospitality management careers.

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  • Event Coordinator – As an event coordinator you’ll be responsible for organizing and executing events like conferences, exhibitions and festivals from conception to completion. A successful event coordinator is very hands-on, and fosters excellent communication and organization skills. A degree concentration in Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) at Kendall will help prepare you for this career path.
  • Hotel Manager – When you pursue a career as a hotel manager you must maintain a constant professionalism while being able to think on your feet. You must oversee the front of house, food and beverage and housekeeping while delivering a standard of service to your guests. While at Kendall, a concentration in Hotel Management will help prepare you for the challenges of running a hotel or lodge.
  • Hospitality Consultants in Finance – For the technical minded, a career as a hospitality consultant in finance can prove rewarding. While managing physical assets, product inventories, and brand offerings for a resort, conference center, or other hospitality business, you’ll act as a consultant to the company for marketing, finance and management concerns. If this sounds up your alley, consider a concentration in Asset Management.
  • Master Sommelier – Cultivate a refined taste for spirits around the world and put it to good use in a career as a master sommelier. Typically working in a restaurant setting, you’ll be in charge of wine service and food pairings, maintaining supplies and choosing suppliers. Choose a concentration in Beverage Management to get on the sommelier fast track.
  • Restaurant Manager – If you love a fast-paced, lively environment and enjoy operations management, a career as a restaurant manager will fit you well. In addition to planning and analyzing business methods and sales, you’ll have a hand in marketing, hiring and menu planning. To begin your career with a distinct professional advantage, a concentration in Restaurant Management at Kendall is the perfect path.
  • Sports Facility Manager – As a sports facility manager you’ll be solely responsible for scheduling, coordinating and planning the day-to-day activities within sports arenas and venues. Building cooperative relationships and remaining rigorously organized is essential to this career, as is a love for the game. A concentration in Sports Management for those starting their hospitality management careers is a smart move in this booming industry.

Other promising careers for Hospitality Management graduates include:

  • Amusement Park Managers
  • Asset Managers
  • Beverage Managers
  • Catering Directors
  • Concierges
  • Cruise Directors
  • Meeting Planners
  • Private Club Managers

After their time at Kendall our Hospitality Management students have gone on to work at some of the most esteemed hospitality companies in the world. These include Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Aramark, Global Hyatt Corporation, Hilton Worldwide, Marriot International, Ritz-Carlton Luxury Hotels & Resorts, AT&T and The Walt Disney Company.

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Chicago Michelin Guide Restaurants rank Kendall College the No. 1 Chicago program for preparing students for hospitality careers.

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Our faculty brings deep industry expertise and integrates the latest industry developments into classroom instruction.

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