Sanjeev Nanda on how new talent can adapt to the shifting paradigms of the hospitality sector

The Covid-19 pandemic has made the hospitality sector bleed profusely, and is bound to leave a nasty scar. However, the industry is healing quickly owing to the new emerging trends which are a result of the post-pandemic metamorphosis that hospitality has been undergoing. From adopting an asset light model, the industry is gradually moving on to adopt a people light model.

What does that entail for the young professionals aspiring to become a part of the hospitality sector? We talked to prominent hotelier Sanjeev Nanda to ask for his opinion regarding the shifting paradigms of the industry in the post-pandemic world, and how new talent can adapt to these changes to maintain their employability.

According to Sanjeev Nanda, in light of the changing trends in the hospitality sector, the hospitality education in the country also needs to transform itself. “The industry is going to witness a rapid growth in the next few years. People with a flair for design thinking will surely find a lot of opportunities in the time to come,” he said.

“The changes occurring in the industry will also be reflected on the way hospitality education in the country operates. Professionals receiving education from institutions which are closer to the source market and which have embraced the technological changes swiftly will definitely prosper in the time to come,” Sanjeev Nanda added.

According to Nanda, young professionals aspiring to be a part of the hospitality sector should focus on keeping themselves updated with the emerging trends and work on developing an ‘out of the box’ thinking. “The hospitality sector will suffer from a dearth of talent if the aspirants are not accustomed to make innovations,” the hospitality maven said.

He continued, “Youngsters with a flair for hospitality should not shy away from getting enrolled in a good educational institution. Not only will it help them to attain the required qualifications, but it will also help them stay updated with the changing paradigms of the hospitality sector in a post-pandemic world.”