Launching and Advancing Your Career

Where are the opportunities in the hospitality industry today? And what does it take to launch a successful career?

It’s clear that SHA graduates know the answers. Their average starting salary is high—the third-highest at Boston University, in fact (after engineering and management grads). They also have an excellent rate of job placement.

A wide range of career options

Did you know that hospitality is the world’s fastest-growing industry? With an SHA degree, you might pursue a leadership position in hotels and resorts, travel, tourism, restaurants, culinary arts, banking, finance, marketing, or event planning. Other avenues you may not have considered include sports, gaming, and entertainment management. Whatever your career plans, we’ll give you the strong background of academics, work experience, and international exposure you’ll need to succeed.

Job search support from the start

Our close relationship with hospitality companies and executives (including many SHA alumni) gives students an edge in job-hunting. The Career Services Office will work with you to fulfill your 800-hour work experience requirements—and to launch your career. You’ll find that graduating SHA seniors are actively pursued  by major hospitality companies. Every fall and spring during our corporate recruitment periods, these firms visit campus, seeking new management trainees and summer interns.

We’ll also help you land the job you really want. In campus workshops hosted by industry professionals, you’ll learn how to create an impressive résumé and sharpen your interviewing skills. For an overview of SHA career services, check our Four-Year Timeline. It will keep you on track throughout your degree program.