What drew you to the hospitality industry? For student member Amanda Halasz, it’s “the upbeat atmosphere around the meetings and hospitality industry. It is always changing and your day-to-day job will never be the same. Every day will bring you something new.”
Amanda attends Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She will graduate in 2015 with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with an emphasis in Meeting and Event Management. She had two internships, one as a hostess at a fine dining restaurant on Lake Michigan and the other at an event décor company. She has also worked conventions such as the Choice Hotels annual convention in Las Vegas, AIPAC Policy conference in Washington DC, and various events around the Grand Rapids area.
What surprises Amanda about the industry is “how much it constantly changes. It always keeps you on your toes!”
Asked where she sees herself in five years, she replied, “I see myself working in the industry. I do not know exactly where or which specific job, but I know it will be in the hospitality industry. I would like to contribute everything I have learned in school and all of my hands-on experience in internships and working conventions.”
PCMA membership is preparing her to graduate. “The articles in Convene have kept me updated on trends. PCMA membership has also brought me many networking opportunities.”
Amanda suggested that GMC could help students establish and grow their careers by publicizing internship and career opportunities. She currently is assisting GMC’s Student Membership Committee with the Student Social Media Campaign. (See related story here.)
As a well-rounded future professional, Amanda said she enjoys “hanging out with my friends, decorating my apartment, watching puppy videos, and watching Netflix.”