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Hi! my name is Linda. I have been working in the world of hospitality since the age of 17. I began my hospitality career
working for Sodexo at the magnificent Hampden Park where I worked my way up to Conference & Banqueting Supervisor and Match Day Manager of the Executive Boxes. Working within in the hospitality team for Sodexo Live! gave me so many fantastic opportunities to work in different venues across the UK, from Perth Racecourse to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
In 2014 I decided to travel to Australia for a year where I found myself working in bars, restaurants and not forgetting picking strawberries at on a strawberry farm for 3 months! I fell in love with Australia, the amazing weather mostly and made friends for life along the way.
On my return flight to Glasgow in 2015 I had spoken to the crew about their role as cabin crew and I thought it sounded like the perfect role for me. To combine my two passions, traveling and hospitality. I began applying for Cabin Crew Roles. I attended an Emirates Cabin Crew open day, and only went and got the job! I packed my bags and moved to Dubai.
During my 6 years at Emirates I visited some of the most amazing place around the world. I was part of a highly diverse workforce where crew come together from over 160 nations around the world. We learn from each other and contribute to the astonishing performance of the Airline. After my first year at the airline, I was proud to be awarded an Emirates Brand Ambassador award. Working as a Business Class cabin crew I was able to take my fine dining skills to whole ne
w level (40,000ft to be precise). During my time as cabin crew, I attended College to study Business and HR. I was proud to work for a fantastic employer like Emirates as they had strong focus on their employees learning and development. I am continuing my studies in L&D where I am currently working towards gaining my CIPD L4 Qualification. I hope to support other companies to be able to grow and train their teams as well as I was developed in my career so far.
The hospitality industry allows you to develop yourself – professionally and as a person. Not only do you improve on the professional skills you already possess, but with time and commitment you learn others due to the variety of colleagues, clients and situations that will put you to the test.
Finally, the reason why I love hospitality so much is simple: IT’S FUN! I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and skills I have learned along the way to inspire more people to get into the exciting and rewarding career of hospitality.
I am just getting started in my role and can’t wait to be a part of shaping the hospitality industry to be a better place to work, supporting its people to grow and training the amazing future talent that I have already started to meet.
You can contact me on Linda@hi-people.org and say hi!