If you are like me and many other Americans, you have probably gone out to a restaurant recently. It may have been for breakfast over the weekend, during the lunch hour at a local restaurant, dinner with a friend, or a celebration with family members. Whatever the occasion, people seem to enjoy the convenience and pleasure of eating out. It certainly can be convenient to grab a quick lunch while on the go or on the road and a real pleasure not to have to clean up after a meal. A home cooked meal may seem like what is best for everyone, but in the fast paced world we live in, and with rising grocery prices, many people head to restaurants for their meals. Need evidence? Check out the parking lots of nearly any chain restaurant eatery and they will be jammed with cars and patrons waiting 30-90 minutes for a seat. Is this a weekend treat? Not really! The lots are nearly as full on weekday evenings as on traditional Friday and Saturday nights out. Need further evidence? On April 9, 2012, the National Restaurant Association ran an article on their website titled “Restaurants Add 560,000 Jobs in Past Two Years, According to New National Restaurant Association Analysis.” With sluggish economy and so many people unemployed, some would be shocked to find this out. Others would suggest that people are not making major purchases, sitting on their money watching for light at the end of the tunnel, but happy to open their wallets for dinner….a small comfort in our economy.
Excelsior College has been doing its part to supply trained managers in this service sector through our undergraduate business degree Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) concentration. The service industry is one of the few expanding sectors in our economy and clearly needs qualified, degreed personnel to manage these growing staffing needs. Our courses in HRTM provide the knowledge needed to work in a fast-paced, rapidly growing industry. If you think that a management position in one of these fast growing areas is for you, contact our advisors for information at BUSTEAM@Excelsior.edu.
As for me, writing this has made me hungry! Chinese, Italian, Steakhouse….decisions, decisions!
Dr. Jane ~ from the Café