What makes me a leader it’s my honesty toward others. I communicate the messages straight to the point and with “confidence” in my words and actions. I got “commitment” with my work and my people. I have a very open mind when it comes to be creative.
I’m currently a freshman at Citytech, studying in hospitality management. For my previous work experience, I have the chance to serve different types of guests as a waitress and I liked what I do, but the management of the made me had to quit the job. So I decided to study in hospitality management and hope to have my our restaurant one day.
I am new to Hospitality Management. From my past working experiences, i have acquired the skills of customer services and sales. I have learned front office management skills and has well-grounded knowledge in food & beverage. I will be that promising team player who will lead and grow with the company.
Learning the Food and Hospitality industry as if it was the back of my hand is a goal I set for myself 5 years ago. My high school which was focused on Culinary and Pastry arts, gave me the chance to work for great industry leaders such as Danny Meyer and Daniel Boulud. Learning the technique that every dish we created required and the communication skills needed to help guest while dinning at a place has helped me so much. I started working in a kitchen at the age of 15 and since then I have not stopped. Going from casual dinning (Dos Caminos) to fine dinning (The Modern) and back to casual dinning (Union Fare) has helped me immensely. I am a very good leader and I know some day I will be better than I am now. My career goal is to ultimately become a general Manager for a Fine dinning establishment. I know I have a long way up but I’m working on it as much as I can now to make sure I have a solid running ground in the future.
I first became interested in hospitality when I started working as a hostess at a restaurant called Brio Tuscan Grille. At first, I despised my job because I never understood why my manager was tedious. For example, I would get penalized if a guest told me “thank you” and I said “no problem”. Saying no problem was insinuating that there was a problem. I would have to respond saying either “my pleasure” or “you’re welcome”. As time went along I started to enjoy being a hostess. Interacting with different people and persuading people to try new things became enjoyable. When I began to serve I became the face of the restaurant. It was a slightly different interaction from being a hostess but my liking for the job increased tremendously. I noticed that I had outstanding customer service skills and I was quick with math. I started to realize that making my guest happy made me content. While I was working I was a junior at Farmingdale State College studying Interdisciplinary Studies. This job made me change my major as well as my career choice. I plan on attaining my bachelors degree in Hospitality Management and a masters in Food and Beverage Management. I want to go back and work at Brio Tuscan Grille and gain more experience and then open my own restaurant. I intend on managing the front of the house and being as tedious as my manager once was to me.
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When I was younger I had always wanted to be a teacher. I had never thought of wanting a career in the hospitality field. It wasn’t until I had reached middle school that I started to experiment in the kitchen; I had started trying to recreate things that I had seen online or on t.v. When I got to high school and the question of “what you want to be?” was always asked I had finally figured out that I wanted to be a pastry chef. I loved being in the kitchen, being in the kitchen gave me chances to try doing new things. With graduating high school and attending college with having my head set on being on a pastry chef I still want to have experiences in other careers in the hospitality field.
I previously studied Professional Pastry Arts at International Culinary Center but I am currently pursing a BA in Hospitality Management at City Tech because I want to learn all the aspects of hospitality to become well rounded in all areas of the industry. The best quality I have is being open minded; I am always willing to learn something new. This quality has helped me in every job I’ve had, it will help in school and one day to achieve my goal of owning my own bakery and/or restaurant. I look forward to learning more skills and improve the ones I have acquired.