Congratulations on your education accomplishments thus far. To
answer your question, it would be safe to say that running/managing
a hotel is a big undertaking and very few General Managers will
tell you that someone gave them that much responsibility right out
of college. Although your education looks great on a resume, you
should get your foot in the door of a hotel in the calibur you hope
to run someday (motel, economy, extended stay, botique, upscale or
resort) as a department head. If you have zero hands on experience,
I would reccommend starting off as a Shift Manager at the Front
Desk - where you can easily pick up on the operations. Spend extra
time shadowing your hotel controller/accountant to learn
financials, your hotel's executive housekeeper to learn about the
rooms and the front office manager to learn the day-to-day guest
services aspect. Then, upon completion of these, ask your GM for
more responsibility and make sure they know your career goals.
Eventually, when you are ready for it, you'll have a property of
your own to manage. Good luck!
Hospitality management is the academic study of the running of hotels, restaurants, and travel and tourism-related business.