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Career Advice From a JWU Senior

When JWU Providence senior Taylor Shultz isn't studying to earn her degree in Hotel & Lodging Management, she networks, sits on the executive board of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality and makes the most of her class-free Fridays.

As many of us know, the Food Service and Hospitality Career Fair was today. If you're a senior, there's a high probability you will be attending, but if you're an underclassman I hope that you plan on going too. At Johnson & Wales, we are very lucky and are offered a wide variety of opportunities that other students do not have. We have the career fair, no classes on Fridays and a wide variety of clubs and organizations on campus.

Read more to find out how you can make the most of these opportunities.

Visit Career Services

Career Services at JWU is completely free for students to utilize and every staff member is incredibly helpful. While career services can assist you in creating or editing your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn they can also assist you with interviewing skills and give great career advice. I feel that their advice and assistance during my time here has helped to form me into an even better candidate.


At JWU we have professors who are current or past industry professionals, the networks that these professors have are invaluable. Consider class as a networking opportunity, let the professors see first hand the level of work you put out and get to know your professor. You never know whether or not they can help you get that next job, whether it is through a letter of recommendation or through their network.

NSMH JWU Providence Chapter at the 2015 Reigonal Conference, one of the many unique networking opportunities we are given and a great way for our members to meet with recruiters.

Join Clubs & Organizations 

Joining clubs and organizations is a great way to network with other students at JWU, and let me tell you, we have some very impressive students here. Networking with these students is a great way to learn more about the industry and may even help you get your next job. After all, you never know who your next boss will be.

Beyond the networking, our clubs and organizations offer a variety of impressive opportunities for students. For example, in National Society of Minorities in Hospitality we have meetings that college recruiters request to come to in order to get our members interested in joining their organizations. In addition, many of our members have found jobs through our hotel tours and our regional and national conventions. Many clubs and organizations offer special opportunities such as the ones I have described that are only opened to members and can truly help further your career.

Take Advantage of Having Fridays Off

One of the great benefits of being a student at JWU is that we do not have class on Fridays. The reasons for this may not be exactly what one would expect, the reason students have Fridays off is so that they have the opportunity and time to get a part-time job while in school. Many students end up taking advantage of this opportunity and just having a job, no matter what field it is in shows a hard work ethic and often has skills that cross over into your chosen field. For students in the Hotel School, taking advantage of the variety of hotels in the city and gaining the experience in this field is a great way to get a leg up in such a competitive field.

Always keep in mind though that your schooling is very important and it is the center of your focus at this time.  No matter what you choose to take on, always remember that keeping up with your studies and doing your best is very important.

Taylor wishes you the best of luck in all of your endeavors. Follow her on Facebook.

Thinking of joining a JWU club or organization? Look at the many options on the JWU website.

Topics: Hospitality Providence