To prepare students to meet the demands and expectations of the industry, the University of Baguio School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (UB-SIHTM) hosted a forum with general managers and human resource managers in Baguio City last Nov. 14 at the UB Gym.
The event gave the students of UB-SIHTM, particularly those who are about to have their local and international on-the-job training (OJT), the opportunity to ask questions on how it is really to work in their chosen field and on how should they prepare themselves in embracing the realities in the workplace.
Gerry Ligon, general manager of Venus Parkview Hotel; CJ Rama de Guzman, general manager of Le Monet Hotel; Jhoelyne Alquilos, general manager of El Cielito Inn; and Catherine Dela Rosa, general manager and owner of Noants Travel Consultancy, composed the panel during the first part of the forum. They shared their stories of success and worthwhile experiences in answering the queries of the students. The panel shared that being a general manager comes with a lot of responsibilities and it entails effort, patience, and passion. They mentioned that being a general manager is a 24/7 job that is truly challenging and at the same time rewarding. They advised the students to acquire as many skills as they can during their OJT and focus on improving and challenging themselves. They also reminded the students to contemplate on what they really want and pursue a job that they really want.
Meanwhile, Jasmine Prado, human resource manager of Baguio Country Club; Jovita Ganongan, chief tourism officer of Department of Tourism-CAR; and Leny Estacio, director of the UB Center for Counseling and Student Development, discussed tips on how one can stand out during interview. They advised the students to be prepared for the interview and make sure that their qualifications and skills match the needs of the job that they are applying for. They also emphasized the importance of a comprehensive and competitive curriculum vitae.
“Focus not on what you can get but more on what you could give,” said Prado.
– Rachelle Anne Nicer Montoya