Anyone in the Hotel/Tourism job field?

  • Musicman91

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    Nov 03, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    So I was thinking of changing my major to hotel management/tourism/event planning. Do any of you guys do anything like that for a living or do you know of anyone who is in that profession? I'd like to get some feedback before I make ze decision. Thanks icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 03, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    the industry is so-so unless you work/live in a heavy tourist locality, expect long hours and commitment if you want to go far.

    source: dad's in the business for 35+ years
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    Nov 04, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    I used to work in the business.. the islands are very touristy and service industry-related..

    what ^ up here said is correct.. irregular hours, very long, you're working when everyone else is partying.. thats the downside

    ON the flipside: you get to meet interesting people and work interesting events and locations.... you get places you prolly would not (like in palaces serving royalty, which I happened to stumble onto as well).. its also hard work which I like, I find it a very satisfying profession... I also enjoy the wide variety of very extraverted people you get to meet.... you HAVE to be a people person.... and not mind irregular and long hours (unless you work cafeteria, which are regular hours) and be interested in constantly learning and changing.. all of which keep the job interesting... one thing is for sure, you never get bored in this industry... i would not have minded continuing my career in it at all... in fact, I will probably still dabble in it in the future.. much of my family still runs family-owned restaurants
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    Nov 04, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    As has already been said: "Location, location, location."
  • islander24

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    Nov 04, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidAs has already been said: "Location, location, location."


    Once you have some seniority it can pay well. In Key West, we have many GM making over the $100,000 mark.
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    Nov 04, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    Try getting an internship at a resort i.e. Beaches. I went to Turks and Caicos in August and made friends (and a little more icon_twisted.gif )with some of the entertainment staff and they said I should get an internship there.

  • Musicman91

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    Nov 05, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the input guys icon_biggrin.gif I am currently an English major but I am probably going to switch this week. I am thinking of doing the hotel track and maybe event planning.
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    Nov 05, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    I have a degree in hospitality and tourism and lived in Orlando, FL which was a dream location for such a career. It honestly wasn't all that great when you consider if you stick to hotels while working your way up your job could be anytime any day of the week 365 days a year. Plus you will never make much money unless you pick the right path into a handful of very sought after jobs.

    I left for the insurance sector. No regrets since. Depends on what you want out of life. I found out travelling and constantly meeting new people wasn't for me.

  • barriehomeboy

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    Nov 05, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    I chose a different career path. Health care. Medical Imaging Technologist. I`m one of the best at what I do, but I`d really rather be managing a hotel. I`m a host by nature.