I was asked to write about my life at HVS and I am doing so whilst on my way back
from Baku to London, before hopping on another flight to Marrakech next week. Yes,
life at HVS is busy. And it involves a lot of travel.
I started to work for HVS seven years ago and even though my day-to-day responsibilities
have shifted there are still a few key attributes that I consider crucial for succeeding
in this job:
- An endless desire to travel to foreign countries and immerse yourself in different cultures. Fear of flying or driving is not helpful!
- An inexhaustible interest in the hospitality industry
- Not being afraid to ask questions and interact with a lot of different people
- An analytic mind as well as good writing skills.
Back in 2007 I started as a Consulting and Valuation Analyst at HVS London and quickly
worked my way up the ranks – I am now a Director. Along the journey I always enjoyed
the camaraderie with my peers who were an as eclectic, international bunch as London
as a city is in itself.
At HVS you can go a long way if you are pro-active and hard working. After two years
I started to supervise more junior consultants and from Associate Director onwards
really had responsibility for business development, client management and supervision
of my assignments. Early on in my career I developed a special interest in complex,
integrated resort projects. To widen my experience globally I arranged for a secondment
in our Bahamas office, and after spending two months there during the hurricane
season (without a single hurricane, luckily!) I officially split my time between
HVS London and HVS Bahamas.
At the same time, I pursued a postgraduate part-time Masters degree in Real Estate
Finance and Investment in Reading, UK from which I graduated last year. HVS has
always been very supportive of my personal development in areas that I feel passionate
about and, needless to say, supported me all along the way of my career. I feel
very honoured to work for such a well-known, international company in the sector
I love and highly recommend it to anyone who has a passion for the hospitality industry.