Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management

Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management


Hi, my name is Jennifer Hoffman. I studied at Coastal Carolina starting in
2008 in the Resort Tourism Management Program. My name is Margaux Swearingen. I graduated from Coastal Carolina in May of
2014. I got this position, guest registrations coordinator
in June of 2014, so it’s only a couple months in between. My name is Brandy Jordan Hughes and I am the
marketing manager at Marriott’s Ocean Watch Villas in the Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach,
SC. I graduated from Coastal Carolina University’s
Hospitality program in May of 2005. I actually chose to do my fourth and final
internship here at this beautiful resort. Hi, my name is Rebekah Milz. I graduated from Coastal Carolina in May of
2016 and I started working Ocean Watch Villas in February 2016. My current roll is a sales front desk and
a tour desk associate. Coastal is the only program that I have heard
of that does make you do different parts of the hospitality industry. I know other locations only have you do one
big internship, instead Coastal kind of wants you to
do front of the house, back of the house, management, so you are able to kind of dive
in and figure out exactly what you want to do. Coastal is extremely unique in that way. Over the course of my career, I’ve had multiple
positions in Marketing, in Sales, in Leadership and now in Management. And I definitely credit the internship program
and the absolute wonderful and passionate staff
of Coastal Carolina University for helping me walk straight into this job, and straight
into this wonderful career. I love being a marketing executive and being
with Marriott, so I would like to continue to grow with Marriott. Well I would definitely like to stay with
the vacation club. There is a lot of opportunities for growth
here, and I love working for this company. I love the fact that every day I get to help
people go on vacation and take time with their family. And I get to take associates and to help them
develop their careers. My favorite part of Coastal Carolina was the
club aspects that I was a part of STAR which was
Students Taking Active Responsibility. It’s a community service club. I also ran Relay for Life, where we raised
money for cancer research. That was a vital part of my experience. And then again the internships, the programs,
and the people that you meet. My internships were here at the Marriott’s
Vacation Club and also I worked at Stunning and Brilliant Events which was a wedding planning
company. The hospitality program at Coastal is unlike
any other. It’s a very small school compared to others
that offer this program. So you are more one on one with your professors. Your class size is smaller than 25. So it’s very personalized. You have the opportunity to ask questions
then and there. You don’t have to wait for office hours. The school was still small enough that on
any given day, if I needed extra help or assistance, the teachers help you. They knew your name and they would help and
assist you. I kind of got to decide what I do like and
what I don’t like about the industry. I started to want to go in the
operations but I decided more on marketing after completing my internships. So that really kind of helped me choose my
career path. I definitely would recommend the Hospitality
program at Coastal. It’s a great industry to go in. There are so many opportunities and so many
opportunities for growth in so many different fields
that you haven’t even thought of. The flexibility, there’s so many different
positions, there’s so many different options, there are so many
different places to work. The opportunities are endless.

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