Hospitality careers deserve a better reputation

Author: Belinda Atkins, James Kirk (yBC.tv)

Categories: Leadership, Staff
Tags: Careers, education, schools, training
Hospitality careers are often thought of as low paid hard work. In this TV show Belinda Atkins of Wyndham Hotel Group explains why she thinks they are fantastic.

Hospitality careers: From waitress to VP Operations

I was very fortunate when I was 14 years old to start working in this industry as a waitress. I’ve grown up through this industry. I’ve had amazing opportunities, taken me around the world. And to see that what I was given, I worked in Amsterdam on my industrial year at university and that was the making of me and the changing of me  It’s an industry that we love but there’s so many people out there that don’t know anything about it. There’s so many people that could be future employees within this fabulous, fabulous industry, but they don’t know about it because their parents have never worked on it, their teachers and their careers advisors have never worked in it. It has a reputation of being hard work and low paid, it’s fantastic. It’s probably one of the few industries where every single person who works in a hotel or a restaurant can make a difference to someone on a daily basis and that is powerful. So hearing this afternoon and a continuation from the big hospitality conversation about how we can influence those people who don’t know what they want to do with their future but could be key people within our industry, so I’m excited about that. The Hospitality Channel will continue to share advice and stories from those who have forged successful hospitality careers.
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