Abhishek Saklani, Head Human Resources & Trainings, ITC Fortune in this exclusive interview with acadman.in has shared his experiences and views on Hospitality Industry. Enjoy reading!

How would you like to introduce yourself?

I am Abhishek Saklani. I would describe myself as a very ambitious, hardworking and sincere person. I am enthusiastic about taking up new challenges in life. Friendly and joyful is what my friends would describe me as.

Tell us about your schooling?

I was born in Tehri Garhwal brought up in Dehradun where I have done my schooling. I passed out from Shri Guru Ram Rai Public School, Balawala, Dehradun. I was a notorious but very popular student amongst my teachers.

What was the reason behind joining hospitality industry?

I always had a passion to joined Armed forces, but destiny had some other plans for me. I read about Hotel Management and was sure that this is the field I would want to explore and make my career in. Also since I loved interacting with new people, what better place than a Hotel would provide me that opportunity.

Though I always had an interest in Front Office, it was during my Industrial training when I was exposed to HR and realized that this was the area I wanted to explore and I have never looked back since then. The journey so far has been exciting & full of learning.

There are lots of doubts in parents regarding a career in hotel management, they feel that it is not a right place to make a career. What is your opinion on this?

Well, the perception today about Hospitality Industry has changed, the industry has grown tremendously over the past decade. It’s no longer looked at as a not suitable career option. In fact, I have met many people during my tenure who have been supported and persuaded by their parents to choose this as a career option.

What was your favorite department in the hotel management?

I was always fascinated by Front Office. Today as well, I have a keen interest in Operations. My learning and interest in Operations have helped me grow and I have been lucky to have got an opportunity in my previous stint to handle operations during critical times.

How was your experience at Renaissance Institute of Management & Technology and Technical Council of Management & Information Technology?

Well, it was fun there we used to go and attend the motivational classes of our teachers and the most Mr. Semwal has guided and supported me well for my future.

How much grades matter in securing good jobs?

Well, grades are important but more than that is learning. It’s important to keep learning at each stage.

Do you think your college prepared you sufficiently for the job? 

Yes, it has, however my mentors have supported and guided me much more than the classroom.

Thank You Nemi Chaudhry Sir, Pankaj Tripathi Sir, Shreya Khati Ma’am, Vikas Verma Sir & Sanjay Pandita Sir.

What kind of quality do you look for in students when you interview to hire them?

Well, I go by one philosophy, Its Attitude that Matters. I look for a positive attitude in a person. I believe we can teach a person with a right attitude but it cannot be vice-versa. So my recruitment mantra is “Attitude First, Knowledge Second”

What are the qualities required for a student to be successful in this industry?

Hard work & Willingness to learn and relearn at each stage.

What is your message for all the hospitality students?

Have Fun, Learn, Dare to Dream and go out and achieve your goals. The whole world is there for you to conquer. But most importantly take out time for yourself & your family; achieve your goals taking them along.

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