PiOTD #4 Katrina

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In exactly a month now, it will be my third year anniversary here in Doha and also with Marriott. It has been an undeniably great journey for me here… As someone who grew up staying at home with my family until I finished college, leaving home was a big deal. My friends and I were lucky enough to get a job prior to our graduation day in a 5star hotel in Cebu. Living on my own after college was one of my goals: Never ask money from my parents once I graduated. Yes, at 19 I started my career (early) as I had planned. Cebu was still home for me though. My parents visited me often and I have my relatives who were in touch with me. So it wasn’t really the life I thought I would experience like one of those strange feelings in a new different place. What motivated me to come over was the thought of the life that waits at the end of my comfort zone. It was a roller coaster feeling. Exciting!

I arrived here Doha, Qatar in 2013 and joined the Tri-Pack property of Marriott (Renaissance Hotel, Courtyard, and Marriott Executive Apartments). I started as a Restaurant Hostess in an All Day Dining restaurant. The time I spent there was pretty amazing. I had so much fun and experienced more than what I expected. I have built a lot of good relationships and connections from different types of people from all over the world. It was spontaneous. After 11 months, I got promoted to a Restaurant Captain to the busiest, craziest, number one sports bar in Doha – Champions. A whole new level of experience! A lot of stories to tell! By 2014 the property re-branded to Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, the first Marriott Marquis outside the U.S. and the seventh in the world. In hospitality industry, working in a flagship property in Middle East and Africa is such an honor and I am blessed to be here. Moving forward, after 11months, I got another promotion to my current role as the Food & Beverage Admin Supervisor. I am reporting directly to the hotel’s Director of Food & Beverage handling the hotel’s team of Events, Banquets, Kitchen, Restaurants and Bars. With over 10 outlets, it is indeed a more challenging role, more perks;), and definitely more fun!

At 23, I am grateful for what I have and for where I am. I have friends with more than 10 different nationalities and counting. It’s awesome! I am learning a lot. I am surrounded with people who believe in me and bring out the best in me. I can go to places whenever I want to. What’s more fulfilling is when you make your family proud of you. Be your own inspiration. Be the person you want to be around with. Listen to your heart’s desire. Always be grateful.

Katrina, Hotelier

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