I’m pleased to introduce myself and start this new blog. My name is Yulia Burova.
I often ask myself where I would have been, or what I would have been doing if I had not chosen to do what I love. I come from the great city of Moscow, Russia. While I was growing up, my country was going through a radical transition: it was changing its political regime. As a child, I did not get to travel much, so my knowledge of other countries was limited to the information provided in geography books (not to date-mark myself but the Internet didn’t appear until much later). But I had a thirst for travel, to explore other cultures, to learn and speak other languages. That desire influenced my life and the choice of my career.
Being in the hospitality industry allows you to travel, to meet new people and to speak different languages, and that is exactly what I wanted to do. I followed my passion and pursued my dreams, which led me to a prestigious school in Switzerland. I simply fell in love with this beautiful country, its breathtaking mountains, its lakes and the picturesque green meadows, music festivals and, of course, “fondue au fromage”.
My journey with Glion Hotel School began in 2005 and it was such an amazing experience. For the first time in my life I was in such a diverse environment, we had students from all over the world; it really prepared me for my future career. I successfully obtained my MBA at Glion and was hired by Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida for a Management Development Program in Spa Operations. Upon completion of the program I had an opportunity to work for a hotel in Jamaica. I said, “why not?” it was just an hour and a half flight from Miami and I had never been to the Caribbean islands. I joined Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay and worked there for almost three years, working my way up from Spa Consultant to Sales & Catering Manager. It was such a memorable time of my life, enriched by reggae music, lush mountains, turquoise waters, and of course flavorful Jamaican cuisine.
This career has been so much more to me than just a job. Working in hospitality develops you as an individual, teaches you about other cultures and traditions, helps you meet new people, and make new friends. It also gives you the opportunity to have awesome adventures, like swimming with the dolphins in the Caribbean, taking a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, skiing in the Swiss Alps, or go deep sea fishing in the Atlantic ocean. Those are some of my favorites, and I plan on having many more.
In this industry the world is your oyster and the sky’s the limit. I would not have had so many interesting experiences had I not chosen a career in hospitality.
Have dreams and follow your heart!