My Journey is Just Beginning, and so is Yours!
My first day of college was 2003. In 2004, I switched majors to Hotel and Restaurant Management. Since then, my career in hospitality has taken me around the world.
My first job was for Fairmont Hotels. At the Algonquin in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick. Fairmont then sent me to London, England. I helped train their food and beverage staff at the Savoy. From there I took a job at the Fairmont Princess in Hamilton, Bermuda. I was to be the only female staff member to serve in their five-star restaurant
Unfortunately, a visa issue prevented me from taking full advantage of that opportunity. I packed my bags and headed down under. I spent a year travelling around Australia. I worked in a variety of places from restaurants to resorts. I gained knowledge and experience and began my transition to guest services.
After returning home to Canada, I focused on improving my skills. I moved up from front desk agent to supervisor. Then onto guest services manager, and finally to general manager.
Through this incredible journey, I met some fantastic people who poured into me. They guided me through the maze. Their mentoring and confidence in my abilities were invaluable. Combined with my willingness to work and desire to succeed, it’s what allowed me to do this by the time I was 30.
My career is still nowhere near finished. It’s time I started giving back to the next generation of hoteliers who are coming up through the ranks. I do a significant amount of mentoring to my team on a daily basis, but I want to do more. I feel I can use the power of the Internet, and the reach of social media, to share my knowledge with the world.
Follow me here on Medium. I’m also on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. I post daily updates on life in the hotel industry. I share helpful tidbits on how you can reach your goals and excel in your career. I tell you what it takes to succeed in this industry. I share my thoughts on career, business and work/life balance.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post and I look forward to speaking to each one of you soon!