My biggest career regret? Not working in hotels!

This will be a short one, but worth posting in my opinion because it comes up so often with my students. I don’t believe in ‘regrets’ per se – I think all of our actions lead us exactly to where we need to be.

But if I could pick one do-over from my early career it would be to get a job in a hotel!

Accommodations and food and beverage (F&B) make up roughly 80% of the tourism sector in Canada (and arguably in most countries). While I have extensive front-line and management experience in F&B, I have never worked in a formal accommodations setting (outside of caring for paid guests to my home).

The first interview I did out of school was at a lovely boutique hotel with a serious arts pedigree. I interviewed for an entry-level marketing position. I spoke with the GM! I didn’t get it because I didn’t have any hotel experience. To sell a hotel, the GM explained, a person needs to understand how it works.

Kind man that he was, he encouraged me to apply as a bell person for the summer. Unfortunately my ego (and, let’s be real, the cost of living in Vancouver) got the best of me and I never pursued it.

As it turns out, I got an amazing first job in the industry and parlayed it into a pretty sweet career.

But at the end of the day, I wish I had lugged bags that first summer. It would have made my options that much broader.

Do you have a major career regret? Hit me up here or on twitter to share!

 

Tourism Educators Conference: May 3 & 4, Vancouver

campus4If you’re a BC tourism, hospitality, or business instructor save the date for the BEAC/TEC* 2017 at Capilano University in North Vancouver:

Learners Futures in a World Under Pressure 

Conference sessions will include a variety of peer-led discussions on:

  • Climate change
  • Social change
  • Social reform
  • Cultural preservation 

Students in our classrooms are expected to work in an ever increasing international workplace and global economy, the pressures they face to know more and be more equipped are tremendous. These sessions will focus on expanding our knowledge and will concentrate on elements of curriculum development, engaged learning and evaluation & assessment. Key dates: 

May 2 & 3- Articulation days

May 4 & 5- BEAC/TEC Learners Futures in a World Under Pressure

Register here: https://beac-tec2017.capilanou.ca/registration/

Call for Presentation Submissions:  Do you have research in one of these areas that is dying to be told or maybe you have a creative way that you’ve incorporated one of these topics into your classroom?  Email tourism@capilanou.ca with a subject line: BEAC/TEC Presentation.

* Business Educator Articulation Committees/Tourism Educators Conference