My guest lecture on career opportunities was held on July 26, 2019 at IIHM-Hyderabad. The basic objective here was to open new doors to career aspirants, and widen awareness about employment and start-up opportunities in the vacation ownership industry. The event saw some very interesting interactions with both students and faculty at the institute.
My lecture was a combination of a presentation, group discussion and a very interactive Q&A session. The audience consisted of around 180 final year students, in addition to faculty members and heads of individual departments.
I personally found this information sharing exercise useful because I could take them from a basic awareness of the term “vacation ownership,” to the various components of our business model that is fast gaining in popularity in the country. Both as an employment generator for job and career aspirants, and a viable option for long-term holidays.
I took the participants through the many ways timeshare is different from the traditional “hotel model” of operation, and the many ways it is similar to the hotel model. Just peel off the layers and you are still in the hospitality business - offering the same levels of comfort, luxury, customer engagement and service orientation.
After this constructive interaction at IIHM, I feel the need to spend more time with career aspirants at the college and institute level – especially those institutions that offer hospitality streams in their curriculum, or are in some way aligned to the hospitality industry.
The more time we spend at this “early threshold,” the higher the awareness for opportunities in our industry - encouraging the entry of people who are both interested and want to plan a career around it.
If you are student, faculty member, part of the management committee at a hospitality institute in the India, please write in to us at email@example.com. We can conduct a similar guest lecture for your institute. (Parents of young career aspirants can also get in touch with us for more information on the vacation ownership industry.)
Welcome to the wonderful world of vacation ownership and timeshare.
Major Madhukar Katragadda (Retd.)
Honorary Secretary, AIRDA
What does an AIRDA membership mean to resort owners and developers? AIRDA comes in as your industry partner, conscience keeper and business catalyst - with a wide portfolio of support services.
What does AIRDA mean to holiday seekers and prospective customers? AIRDA comes in to provide information and offer guidelines on making the right timeshare decisions.