Three students from our partner Hotelschool the Hague give their views on the consequences of COVID-19, what the future looks like and how they see their own careers ahead of them.
Lucia Cabot, fourth year student at Hotelschool The Hague:
In addition to many challenges, COVID-19 has also brought about changes for the future. I believe that change is not necessarily bad, but we, as students, must adapt to the versatility of the industry. For example, I believe that COVID-19 will make the future of working a hybrid between online and on-site working; and looking at the future of employment, we need to adapt to this.
We can learn from changes that this crisis has brought. I believe the future of hospitality will bring a host of technological innovations from companies to improve global connections and give employees the flexibility to work remotely.
Benjamin Saunders, a fourth-year student at Hotelschool The Hague
Despite the rules and restrictions that were imposed on us by COVID-19, I maintain an optimistic, openhearted and confident approach to the situation. There will undoubtedly be lasting changes as a result of the crisis, such as changes and improvements in hygiene, and many of these changes will have a positive impact on the industry.
I will graduate soon. I am still very passionate and eager to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. In 10 years, the industry will have changed again, with new ways to surprise guests, to renew processes from the past and to meet new expectations. I hope to have a job within the hostel industry to be a part of the next creative wave.
Miruna Avram (21), fourth year student at Hotelschool The Hague
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the entire hospitality sector and has many repercussions for the job market. However, I do believe that the possibilities for graduates to find a job still exist. What will help me in this process is that I show great flexibility and resilience. In addition, there’s the advantage that I have as a graduate: a fresh perspective. It is definitely a good moment to use the creative vision of Gen Z graduates to better position hospitality brands.
There's a saying, 'if your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough' and I think this determines my current ambitions. The shifts that our society has gone through in recent months have made it clear that there are opportunities to capitalize (e.g. co-work and co-living) and I am looking at ways in which I can maximize them myself.
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