First of all, a BIG THANK YOU for visiting the Hive! I’m honored that you’ve peeked inside to check me out, and hopefully we’ll get to know each other through an open exchange of dialogue that we’ll keep ‘buzzzzzzing’ about (pause for long groan while wondering if this author is going to overuse that overly dramatic descriptive word; then switch to happy face after receiving author’s personal assurance that it simply won’t happen – that’s a TML promise!). After all, this industry is first and foremost about, well, hospitality, which is loosely defined as friendliness. So that explains why so many who enter this line of work describe themselves as ‘people-persons’, right? (Well, at least that’s what it said on their resume, sigh. . .)
But this blog isn’t going to be just about happy-go-lucky-people-friendly-hospitality employees as much as it will be about the big wide industry they call home. Especially here in Central Florida, but also in the bigger picture of things because this author is a bona fide, globe-trotting employee within ‘the Hive’ and has been for ‘la-la-la’ years. In fact, I received a college degree in this subject long before our own UCF Rosen School of Hospitality Management was even a glimmer in the eyes of Mr. Harris Rosen, a man who many say epitomizes the very meaning of hospitality here in OTown. And ever since my entry into this profession, I’ve held multiple positions from front desk manager (at WDW – check out my bio for a juicy little true story about some fun at the front desk) to flight attendant (that’s where the globe-trotting began) to joining Team One (Universal Studios – if you own that title you know who we are) to International Meeting Planner, and a few other ones in between. All related to and revolving around the world of hospitality, which by the way, is pretty much the biggest Kahuna in the job market here in Central Florida. Further, each position I’ve held has afforded me exciting opportunities to travel, grow, and expand my horizons far beyond what a normal desk job could ever be.
So, do I like hospitality? You betcha. (Okay, yes, I’m a transplanted Michigander, but please don’t hold that against me because I swear I’ve learned how to drive and behave myself quite well down here; and besides, this really is home to me now. Honest. I’ve even given birth here to two really great bona-fide Floridians. You’re welcome.) Has this profession been good to me? In so many ways! Do I recommend it to others? All the time, that is, if the person asking displays tendencies to be a ‘people person.’ Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my lifetime of service to others – correct that, service-with-a-smile to others – it’s that there is an endless amount of great job opportunities creating steady employment for millions of people all over the world in this hive, and most come with benefits far beyond a paycheck. What’s that, you’re asking? What else have I Iearned? Well, stay tuned to this blog and let’s travel together from one end of our business to another.