The Sommelier; the expert, the font of human knowledge, the person who knows more about a particular beverage, than anyone else on the planet!

It used to be a traditional calling, where wine, and wine alone, was the only area of specialization. But times have changed, and with that, so have the needs of the hospitality industry, and the demands of the public, from whisky, beer, wine, juice, sake, to water, even!

If it’s drinkable, and can be served, a Sommelier can become the knowledge master of it!

Where can you find a Sommelier?

In most cases, they're to be found in high end restaurants and hotels, or working specifically for a particular brand.

The Hospitality Industry: Welcome to the spicy mix of food, culture, business and people!

Whether it is cooking up a storm, dealing with some wacky, out of the box clientele, or making sure the business is running like clockwork, – the daily life in the Hospitality Industry is an eventful one, which is nothing less than a spicy one!

Writing a book is never an easy process and with the growth of the online sector, forms of publishing have now developed further outside of the tried and tested traditional publishing routes. However at the root of a project lies the actual creation of content, a process that challenges many a writer - young or old. Gone are the days of typewriters and here are the days of the touch screen tablets – an avenue perhaps for many an aspiring young author to utilize. FirstStep.me spoke with author Annette Kinnear and found out some tips that could help a budding individual take the leap into a budding novelist!

People who have rocked the Hospitality Industry:

From Hotel moguls to chefs, with their own TV shows. The Hospitality Industry is laced with rock stars, who have gained celebrity status, for their awesome display of effectiveness, in their fields.  From people, as traditional as Martha Stewart who became a household name to the likes of Jamie Oliver, who introduced the worlds’ youth to the concept of cooking and, not  forgetting Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay, and, of course, Conrad Nicholson Hilton, who cemented the idea of a mainstream brand for hotels.

Q: I want to go to university next year but would like to enter into a field where there is a shortage of skilled or specialised individuals for an industry. What careers are in demand and do they differ from country to country?
 
A: Great question! If you do a basic Google search there is a ton of information available however it is not really focused enough. One idea is to look at various country immigration platforms which will provide visa requirements in terms of skills shortages. It is a shortcut of note but it’s a clever way to discover what career options are needed within a region. Countries that have skill shortages tend to open the doors to qualified people in demand from other countries. Therefore individuals within a country should look to pursue the roles which that country is looking to seek talent outside of its borders.