Developing your skills: What kind of learner are you?

For the hospitality sector, you need to make sure that you have brushed up on your skills, whether it be communicative, legal or client management tools. Many employees will shell out thousands of pounds in training, but sometimes this is all in vain if you are picking an educational resource that does not suit your learning style.

Everyone is different. Some will learn better in a classroom, while others will not 'get it' unless they are carrying out the actual activity. Some like to get taught, while others like to learn at their own pace. Either way, you will find that there are a limitless number of different styles, or 'models', that you could adopt in order to develop your skills within the field. Here are some ways in which you could be a specific kind of 'learner'.

To touch and feel

There are many that will want to go out themselves and hear, see and touch. Try all three of these and see which one works best for you. Will an expert have to show you how something works? Or can they simply explain it? Will you learn by doing something and then making a mistake? You will not know unless you give it a go.

For others, they enjoy the formality of a classroom. There is a wide array of training courses and qualifications available at local colleges for those who want a less structured style of learning. Some of these courses may even be combined with some practical activities so you can get the best of both worlds.

Your own speed

How quickly you learn also depends on how your brain functions. Some like to see the whole picture in one go so that they can see how it all fits together, and other prefer to have topics broken up over a longer period of time. This, in turn, will also have an impact on how social you want your learning to be. Some individuals like to be alone in a quiet room, learning by themselves, and others like to be in a social setting so that they can bounce ideas off one another.

Remember: all of these are simply options available to you, and if you find that one is not working, you should try the other.

The next logical step

In hospitality jobs, there is a level of intuition at play. Some cases will mean that you need to understand exactly why something is or is not working, with a full rational explanation. However, at other times, a situation will require you to follow your 'gut instinct'; something that cannot really be taught in books and classrooms. It is balancing this logic and intuition carefully that will propel your career.

Note that none of these approaches are the right or wrong answer. You need to carefully experiment with them all and see what exactly works best for you. The important thing is to make sure that you end up having an advanced skillset that you can adopt within the hospitality field and show off to all your future employers.

Berkeley Scott provides specialist advice and support to help you find hospitality jobs.