Q: Name? Age?
A. Amanda Bianchi, 28 years old
Q. Program and year graduated?
A. Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant, 2015
Q. Why did you choose Humber College?
A. The courses for my program were more in depth than other programs at other schools.
Q. Which class did you find most beneficial?
A. Food Production class.
Even though my attention is mainly focused on front of the house learning the basic cooking has helped me with my job now, whether it’s describing a dish to guest or learning the time it will take and the steps needed to take to create a dish.
Q. What do you enjoy about your career?
A. Every day is different. I get to interact with different types of people which keeps my job interesting. I never know what to expect walking in the door.
Q. What advice would you give future/current students taking this program?
A. The best advice I can give someone taking this program is you need to work your butt off in this industry. School is going to groom you and mold you for this industry, so pay attention in class. Paying attention to detail is everything. Don’t expect you’re going to get a supervisor job right after graduating.. you have to your earn your “stripes” nothing will be handed to you. If you want it you need to work and with that hard work you will gain respect of your peers in school and in this industry.
Q. What was the biggest obstacle you faced during your time as a student?
A. Staying focused, juggling work and school.
Q. How did your experience at Humber help you find employment after graduation?
A. I used the tools that Humber has taught me which landed me employment after graduation.
Q. In what ways did Humber prepare you for the work world?
A. The hands on classes really prepared me for the work. It gave me a taste of what is to come and what is expected of me.
Q. What opportunities would you urge other students to take advantage of?
A. Take advantage of networking with your teachers and peers. The hospitality industry is a big industry but everyone knows everyone. Networking just may help you land the job you want or land the interview you want.
Q. In your opinion, what are 5 crucial skills needed to preform your job?
A. Alright... here I go, pay attention.
1) Tough skin
3) Interpersonal skills
4) Customer service skills
5) Team work, Makes the dream work!
Q. Why Hospitality?
A. I just always had a passion for the industry. Ever since I was little, people used to tell me that I should be a doctor or lawyer or teacher and that you can’t have a life working in the hospitality industry. I mean it’s definitely not for everyone, I’ve seen a lot of people come into the industry and leave the industry, but it’s definitely something for me. I love interacting with people and having a job where it’s so unpredictable, where every day is different and you can just be you while you work.