Ten Things I Wish Knew Before I Entered the “Real World”: Part 2

5. Have Integrity

A moral compass is necessary to thrive in any industry. Knowing the difference between right and wrong and priding yourself with morals and values will get you far. Every decision you make has an effect on you and/or someone else. Being honest and ethically minded are attributes of a true leader. Remember all of your actions can potentially put your reputation on the line.

4.  Be Engaged

Immerse yourself in your industry and surround yourself with positive people who share your passion. It vital to learn the lingo and stay up to date on current events that pertain to your field. There are many ways you can do this. Set up RSS feeds, or use Google Alerts, to be constantly in the know.  Read periodicals, blogs and attend conferences and training sessions that pertain to your field.  Connecting and networking with others is also essential and can help you achieve this. Participate in Social Media networks that your company is involved with and even get involved with your competitors networks. Become a Facebook fan, follow them on Twitter, view videos on You Tube and join Linked In groups that are relevant to learn and build relationships. Your next career move may be a result of your engagement.

3. Respect Others

Cassie shared a great story with me regarding our CEO, Mark Hoplimazian. Mark invites a small group of Hyatt employees at the Corporate Office a couple times a month to meet with him and ask him questions regarding the company or even of a personal nature. Cassie participated in this and one of the things that Mark said really stuck with her.  He said, “I never assume I know more than the person next to me.” This is a great quote from our CEO that drives home the importance of respect. In order to gain respect it is essential to give it. Respecting those around you no matter at what level they are within a company is crucial. You never know who you will work with in the future or who you will be working for. Some of the best ideas at Hyatt come from our line level associates. By listening to and learning from your fellow associates you will earn their respect and those experiences may even help you become stronger in your industry.

2. Living In a Fishbowl

You’ve gotten a job offer and are ready to start your career. But what you need to know is the interview isn’t over! Throughout your career you will always be watched. We Recruiters tell this to students all the time. We are watching how you act with us, on campus, to faculty, etc. This does not change once you are working in your industry. Although you have the job, remember there is always someone out there vying for your job. Whether you are an intern or working full time you should think of your experience as an extended interview. Your co-workers, your boss, and even your boss’s boss have their eyes on you. How you handle yourself both at work and outside of work will determine your future.

1. Find Balance

When first starting out in the “real world”, it can be difficult to find balance. Although work and your career is important, it is even more important to make sure that it does not consume you. Finding balance can be difficult and something that even seasoned professionals struggle with. If you make a conscious effort, right off the bat, to find this balance you are ahead of the rest. Finding interests outside of work whether it is a hobby, sports, spending time with family and friends, traveling, etc. will help you maintain a healthy work/life balance. The last thing you want is to have only work in your life. Take it from someone who works in Hospitality which is a 24/7 business. Not having this balance can actually hurt your career in the long run as it can cause burn out.


Heidi is one of 3 College Recruiting Managers for Hyatt. She is responsible for recruiting top talent  at hospitality universities across the country, primarily for Hyatt’s Corporate Management Training program and Corporate Internship program.  Heidi visits up to 14 campuses twice a year to promote the Hyatt brand and college programs. Most recently Heidi has become involved with External Functional Recruitment for Culinary Management positions in North America. She earned her BS Degree in Interpersonal Communication with a minor in Business from Ohio University in 2001. Heidi has been with Hyatt for 9 years and started in the programs she now recruits for. To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus blog at

Related posts:

  1. Ten Things I Wish Knew Before I Entered the “Real World”: Part 1
  2. Getting into a Real-World Mentality
  3. Top 10 Things Companies Look For When Making Hiring Decisions: Part 1

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