I had always known that I wanted to be one of the hospitality accountants at this luxury hotel. When I was a kid, my class went on a field trip to the hotel and the staff told us their jobs. One man there said he was the accountant. I asked him what he did and he said “I am in charge of all the money that comes and goes from here!” As a kid, I thought that was magical! Meeting the man who was in charge of all the money was like meeting a millionaire. Of course, as I got older I got wiser and knew his job wasn’t as amazing as I imagined as a kid. I still wanted to be one though.
Going to college was fun as well. I went to accounting classes and took classes in business. Some people in my classes thought that I had the idea of starting an accounting firm out of college. I had to explain to them that my goal was being an accountant at the hotel. Obviously, people thought I was crazy for having such a specific goal but I didn’t mind. People out there wish for crazier things and get it!
When I graduated, I immediately sent my resume to the hotel. I wrote a long cover letter and shared the story of being a kid. About a month later, I got an email asking if I would like to be an intern for the hotel. I called about the position and they said that I would be seconding and helping the head accountant there. I thought it would be a great stepping stone into the direction that I wanted to be in and took the position. My first day, I met the head accountant there and it was the guy who I had met as a kid!
Learning from him was great! He was set to retire in a few years and after I told him about be being in school and how he was the reason that I was there to begin with, he took to me. He taught me all he knew and helped me learn how to give the best service to customers and to the management of the hotel. After 6 months, he referred me to another hotel chain and wrote me a reference letter. I never forgot what he did for me that whole time!
A few years later, I got a call from him. He said he was retiring and wanted to know if I wanted the head accountant spot. He was in charge of finding his replacement and wanted me to have the job. I was honored and took the position! Little did I know that he had got the job the same way I did, by having an interest at a young age and being taught by the guy who inspired him. His advice for me was to pay this forward and be an inspiration to younger generations and pass the job on to someone that was inspired to be an accountant.