Q. Program and year graduated?
A. Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management, 2016
Q. Why did you choose Humber College?
A. At that time it was the only program that had the Restaurant Operations stream, and I was looking to start a career in the F&B industry.
Q. How was your major related to your current work?
A. As I planned, I work for the F&B industry.
Q. Which class did you find most beneficial?
A. It's a hard choice, all of the classes provided me with some knowledge and skills I use at my work every day! But my favourite one was Wines and Beverages of the World.
Q. How did Humber prepare you for the work world?
A. In a lot of different ways. But mostly through meetings with the industry professionals, which gave me a good idea of what it is about to work for the field.
Q. What was the biggest obstacle you faced during your time as a student?
A. Actually, finding a job. I was new to Toronto and my previous work experience was not related to the hospitality industry, so it was a real challenge. But as soon as I got my foot in the door, things became much easier.
Q. How did your experience at Humber help you find employment after graduation?
A. Well, in my case my current employment is not a direct outcome of my internship or the connections that I made through Humber (but for a lot of my classmates it is!). But I believe that Humber gave me a very good understanding of what the expectations are for young professionals and what kind of skills you need to develop if you want to succeed.
Q. What do you enjoy about your career?
A. Endless opportunities for personal and professional development. I feel that my job challenges me every day, making me learn how to meet my own standards and the expectations of the people I work with.
Q. What accomplishment are you most proud of since graduating?
A. I feel that I grew a lot since I started working in the field. It is not about formal promotion, it is more about personal growth. Every day is filled with small achievements and failures, but you need both to build some sort of self-confidence, that helps you to keep moving when things are getting hard.
Q. Would you recommend Humber to future students?
Q. What was the biggest obstacle you faced after graduation?
A. Starting a career in a completely new field.
Q. What advice would you give a recent graduate from the HTOM program who is starting at the entry level?
A. Find the job you really want to do. Because you will have to work a lot, so make sure you are enjoying it.
Q. What are 5 skills Humber taught you that are necessary to be a top performer in this job?
3. Time management
4. Sales and marketing
5. Project management