My brother and I are 12 years apart in age. I started college the year he started kindergarten, and this year, I will celebrate my twelfth anniversary with Hyatt while he enters the working world as a recent college graduate. It’s a challenge being both a recruiter and a big sister because I don’t want to take over, and I also have to resist overwhelming him with too much advice. But as I watch my little brother apply for, interview for, and consider job offers, I keep reassuring him of three things. Hopefully these three things will offer some relief to you as well.
I always knew hospitality and specifically hotels were the perfect fit for me. It was a decision I made when I was 7 that was actually a good one! But I realize that not everyone is like me and although I consistently talk about the value of an internship and gaining exposure to your future industry, there is still the possibility that you may not be sure what career path you want to take after completing internships.
Reach out to your mentors, former professors, and industry contacts for guidance. Carefully evaluate the opportunities that are in front of you and select the one that seems best. Recognize that it takes courage to try, and you’ll never know if a position, a company, or a career path is the right fit for you unless you give it a try.
2. It’s Okay to Quit
Currently my brother is considering an offer and is hesitant to accept. He wants to make the best decision and just isn’t sure. As a Human Resources professional, this is hard for me to say, but I gave him permission to quit. More than a few graduates will accept opportunities and discover that the opportunities they accepted aren’t right for them. Yes, I know that longevity and stability are one of the factors recruiters consider when evaluating candidates. However, as much as it takes courage to give an opportunity a try, it also takes courage to assess the opportunity you’ve taken and determine if you should walk away. Keep in mind that when I say walk away, I mean with proper notice and the utmost professionalism.
3. It Will Be Okay
Graduation is a major accomplishment and the idea of not knowing what direction to move forward in after walking across that stage can cause some anxiety. I make the same promise to you that I’ve made to my little brother– have faith that it will be okay. Yes, there is a tremendous amount of pressure and you may not feel overly confident in the decisions you’re making, but this period of your life will pass and eventually you will feel settled. Hopefully it will be with a company and/or in a career direction that excites you, but if that is not the case, every experience makes us better and shapes us into the people we’re intended to be.
Are any of you recent grads facing new career uncertainties? How do you work through them?
Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers. Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee. During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit hyatt.jobs, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at blog.hyatt.jobs.