"Career in Hospitality: A Practical Application of the Psychology Major"
by Denean Lane '96
- Strong interpersonal skills: Having learned about social communication, we are familiar with nonverbal signals and social appropriateness. This awareness can make a considerable difference for someone dealing with everyday guest situations
- Tourism skills: Looking at consumer behavior in a number of sectors, including tour operations, visitor attractions and tourist destination, psychology majors are able to discuss and evaluate the various decision-making processes behind destination choice and travel behavior.
- Problem solving skills: The ability to tackle a broad range of different problems is probably one of the most distinctive characteristics of psychology graduates.
- Environmental awareness skills: Knowledge of how a person’s environment can influence their behavior can be applied to a variety of guest encounters, helping us to understand people at work as well as at leisure.
- Numeracy: Psychology graduates are trained to interpret data and understand probability; this is useful for budgeting and forecasting.
- Computer literacy: We are familiar with using computers for word processing and statistical analysis, which is useful for property management system procedures.
- What you focus on becomes your reality; be proactive and positive!
- Be prepared, and willing to accept change along the way
- Strong interpersonal skills lead to career success
Go on, believe in yourself. Believe in who you are and what you want to be known for.