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Old 12-14-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I am considering switching my major to this, there is a school here in AZ (NAU) that is ranked in the top 3 schools for this industry.

I am interested in a few different career options, mainly these:

- Event Planning/Sales
- Food & Beverage
- Clubs/Bar Management/Operations
- Casino Management/Operations
- Traveling "Adventure" Guide (take companies to places like virgin islands and plan trip)

I can have this degree completed in the next 2 years, and then depending on the job situation, I plan on moving to either Las Vegas or California.

I do currently work in a hotel, and I have most of my working life, which isn't much though since I am 24.

Any have any advice? Anyone in the industry?

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Old 12-14-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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Be prepared to work weekends and holidays. While this may not bother you if you are single, it's not the life for a family person in my opinion. There is something annoying about watching people 'play and have fun' on Christmas, Fourth of July, and weekends when you'd like to be doing the same.]

I worked at a place that fit in the hospitality field and did not like the 'master and servant' attitude some 'guests' had...

Just some impressions of mine.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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UNLV - bar none - is the best hospitality program in the country
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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Originally Posted by KarmaPhx View Post
I am considering switching my major to this, there is a school here in AZ (NAU) that is ranked in the top 3 schools for this industry.

I am interested in a few different career options, mainly these:

- Event Planning/Sales
- Food & Beverage
- Clubs/Bar Management/Operations
- Casino Management/Operations
- Traveling "Adventure" Guide (take companies to places like virgin islands and plan trip)

I can have this degree completed in the next 2 years, and then depending on the job situation, I plan on moving to either Las Vegas or California.

I do currently work in a hotel, and I have most of my working life, which isn't much though since I am 24.

Any have any advice? Anyone in the industry?
My family made a living selling leisure travel, until we won a government contract and at the same time leisure took a big hit due to the internet and economy.

I would guess its a great field to get in so long as economy is doing well or u are servicing people who have money. Like those tours advertised in Wall Street Journal lol.

I personally think it sucks to try selling tours and cruises to the general public, well maybe because I haven't visited many places to comfortably sell them. In AC for instance the casinos have some descent careers but lately I'm worried they're gonna cutback and go bankrupt because they already are.

My other problem would be having to possibly relocate where my family can't live a normal life. I bet corporate travel is much easier if u are arranging it.

This is one of the few industries, what u named above that are actually fun. Unlike going to school for accounting, IT, Law, etc all that is boring as well. So I can say I'd go for it. I'm thinking of becoming a chef.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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Ive been in and around this industry in some capacity for most of the last 8 years. This recession has been BRUTAL at all levels- everywhere. My last job (where I was laid off) was in international and domestic development for a resort company. No money = no development... globally. Granted, this was at the corporate level and development but other departments were still suffering. I also have an academic background in gaming analysis and development and even worked as a maid at a high-end resort hotel in Las Vegas one summer (off Strip). I think the industry is interesting, but I would not want to be on day-to-day ops. The cons are mostly the low pay and guest interaction but thats me- Im more a big picture person rather than minutiae

As one poster suggested- UNLV is the place to go if you want to get into hotel or casino management/ops. Cornell also has an outstanding program, but they are more high-end or for corporate and dont touch on the gaming aspect. I would check and see if the NAU program feeds into any internships or companies on the Strip if thats where you want to go- its still very much who you know in Las Vegas, especially when times are tough as they are now.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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NAU has many recruiters for internernships, mostly AZ though.

I have been considering UNLV but I am not sure if I want to live in Las Vegas just yet.

Thanks for the advice, keep it coming!
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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As a part of the management team in a Las Vegas Casino Hotel....I CAN tell you this.....given two applicants wiht the same credentials, onve from NAU and the other from UNLV the NAU applicant could barely get an interview..... Go with the best.....IF your interest is NON-Gaming Hotels worldwide go with Cornell.

If you want to stay in Arizona....go with NAU[and there is NOTHING wrong with staying in AZ.
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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There is a ton of oppurtunities here in AZ, but your advice makes me wonder if I should go to UNLV instead.

Can you give me an idea of your job, and if you enjoy it? I would love to work on the strip someday.
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