Simply Jules: Seeing Hospitality Careers in Action in NYC
This past week, I, along with my peers in the hospitality management program at the CIA, headed to New York City to visit several properties in the field. We began our day bright and early at Morgan Stanley Headquarters, where we explored how Restaurant Associates operates multiple culinary outlets within the facility. We then proceeded to their catering branch, CxRA, where we were able to see firsthand the preparation of two large-scale events at Lincoln Center and the David Koch Theater. This was especially exciting for me, as I am interested in the event-planning aspect of the industry. Lastly, we visited the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. It’s particularly known for being the location of the famous New Year’s Eve celebration, as well as hosting the Grammys After Party. The hotel is composed of 50 floors and boasts the only revolving restaurant in the city, complete with skyline views.
This exploratory trip was helpful in conceptualizing what career paths are possible upon graduating. We were able to connect with highly experienced professionals who shared their wisdom and knowledge with us. Personally, from this outing, I was able to recognize that working a managerial position at a hotel is probably not up my alley. Rather, I was fascinated with what went into creating the events that CxRA produced. What struck me most is how much of an individual feel each one had. We were able to witness two different events in separate locations, each having a completely different feel, but equally as classy and grand. In hearing how much the staff members were passionate about their jobs, this path only interested me more.
Overall, this was an incredible opportunity to see what this industry has to offer as well as to bond with my classmates. Our trip brought awareness to the fact that the careers that may come from this degree can range extensively. I truly believe that our group brings such diversity to the table and am really looking forward to seeing where we all end up.
By Jules Esposito
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