British Columbia’s status as one of the world’s most in-demand tourist destinations is due to more than just its stunning natural beauty. What is the Tourism and Hospitality industry all about and who are the people behind it? Find out at GradusTalks Tourism on September 23.
Here are five reasons you won’t want to miss this event:
1. Tourism is more diverse than you think
With the tourism and hospitality industry covering a broad range of careers, this is your chance to find what sparks your interest.
“There’s the misconception that the tourism and hospitality industry only has entry-level jobs and is merely a pathway to other careers,” said Minerva Ward, Program Manager, Career Awareness. “This is false as this industry provides a diverse range of great career opportunities in transportation, travel services, accommodation, recreation & entertainment, and food & beverage.”
2. Meet the faces of B.C. tourism
Network with industry professionals and peers with similar interests, including the following guest speakers:
- Gloria Loree – Executive Director, Global Marketing, Destination Canada
- Jim Storie – President, CEO of The Vancouver Trolley Company
- Sarah Hickey – Corporate Manager, Human Resources, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
- Minerva Ward – Program Manager, Career Awareness, Go2HR
- Craig Norris Jones – General Manager, Pan Pacific Vancouver
- Facilitator: Rubika Narula – Instructor, Imperial Hotel Management College
3. Gain valuable career advice and insight
B.C.’s Tourism and Hospitality sector is a $14 billion industry that employs more than 130,000 people, yet this growing industry is in need of additional talent as it continues to expand. Learn about the recent trends in the industry and hear how each panelist got to where they are today.
“I think people underestimate how much they will learn and grow in a career in tourism,” said Loriee Gloria, Global Marketing, Destination Canada. “At the face of it, the sector seems light and fun but it is an incredibly competitive industry and learning curves are steep. Although it is fun, too.”
4. Get your burning questions answered
Whether you’re just curious about the industry or working towards becoming part of it, this event will present a genuine glimpse at the opportunities available to you. Come equipped with questions for the panelists and get them answered during this informal panel discussion. You can also tweet your questions to be answered in real time using the hashtag #GradusTalks.
5. Invest in your career
The connections and advice shared by the panelists can have long-term advantages and ultimately influence your career path.
When: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2nd floor, 375 Water Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Enter promo code GradusBuzz for $5 off each ticket buy tickets online
GradusOne enables students, recent graduates and young professionals to discover their career interests and opportunities through initiatives such as coaching, access to personalized resources, firsthand career experience, and advice from industry professionals. GradusTalks are monthly industry panels that provide attendees with valuable career advice and insight.