First hospitality job:
Dishwasher in Singapore
Age you started working in hospitality:
Your inspiration to begin working in hospitality:
It was a part-time job while schooling and I was fascinated with how well-groomed the
staff were with all the fancy looking uniforms.
My hospitality mentor:
Mr. Josef Ng. He was the HOD for the F&B Department in the Singapore Hotel
Association Training & Educational Centre back in 1989, where I was a hospitality
student and he guided and encouraged me to stay the course and eventually became
a lecturer in his department.
What are your favourite aspects of your job?
Interacting with my team members and guests on a daily basis and being able to put a
smile on their faces.
What has inspired you to continue your career path in hospitality?
People. I realised that I am a people person and what better industry to be in but
Hospitality and the potential for growth is limitless. I never imagined that starting off as
a part-time dishwasher, will eventually make me a Group Director of Operations for 16
hotels in Asia and subsequently bring me to Canada.
Advice for students interested in a career in hospitality:
With the right attitude and a passion to succeed, this is the best industry to be in and
there is absolutely no limit to what one can achieve.