Q: Name? Age?
A. Julia Graham, 26
Q. Program and year graduated?
A. Tourism and Hospitality Management, Business Applications, 2014
Q. Why did you choose Humber College?
A. I had heard great things about the school and its programs. I also chose Humber because of the exchange opportunity that was offered for my program.
Q. Which class did you find most beneficial?
A. Event Practical – because we were able to take what we had learned and apply it to a real event.
Q. What do you enjoy about your career?
A. The thing I enjoy most about my career is that every day is different – I’m constantly facing new obstacles and coming up with different solutions; I’m always on my toes!
Q. What advice would you give future/current students taking this program?
A. Volunteer! Go explore the city, find events that interest you, and apply to volunteer. This will give you great experience and will help you understand what happens on the event floor.
Q. What was the biggest obstacle you faced during your time as a student?
A. The biggest challenge I faced as a student was group work. Working in a group at school isn’t the same as working in a group at work. At school, you’re trying to fend for yourself, but at work, you’re all on the same team trying to better the organization/company. Even though group work can be a pain, try your best on every project; no one likes having to pull dead weight – it’s not fair to your classmates and it’s not fair to yourself.
Q. In what ways did Humber prepare you for the work world?
A. Humber gave me professional skills, which at the time I was still trying to develop. Learning how to write a proper email and formatting a cover letter/resumé is very important!
Q. What opportunities would you urge other students to take advantage of?
A. Join clubs/associations and grow your network! Networking will get you the job; it’s having those face-to-face conversations that will make you stand out and put you at the top of the candidate list.
Q. In your opinion, what are 5 crucial skills needed to preform your job?
A. Time management, organization, communication, customer service, and attention to detail.
Q. Why hospitality?
A. Every day is different – you never know what to expect and what obstacles you might run into. At the end of the day, I love what I do because my work challenges and pushes me to be better and do better.
Q. How did your experience at Humber help you find employment after graduation?
A. Humber gave me the educational background that I needed to succeed. I used that, plus my work and volunteer experience, to land a few internships before finding my current role.