Paul Cho

Paul Cho

HR Administrator, Pullman Auckland
Bachelor of International Hospitality Management in Human Resource Management

Hospitality is an industry with endless opportunities, says Paul Cho who works at Pullman Auckland.

“Hospitality is an industry people sometimes underestimate. However, globalisation and an increase in the number of tourists all around the world mean that there are countless opportunities in this industry, including many opportunities to work overseas.”

His studies have prepared him well for the hospitality industry, Paul says.

“I’m currently working as an HR administrator at Pullman Auckland, and was amazed by how much of what I’ve learnt at AUT is applicable to my work. I really enjoy the fact that most of the papers I’ve studied are relevant and enabled me to prepare myself for my career after graduation.”

Choosing AUT
As passionate as he is about hospitality, Paul initially dreamt of a career in science.

“After secondary school, I studied science but then realised that science wasn’t a suitable pathway for me. I then started working in restaurants and cafés, and really fell in love with the hospitality industry. I had finally found something I enjoyed and was very good at. That’s when I decided to study hospitality.”

Choosing where to study was easy, he says.

“I researched my options, and AUT is known as one of the best hospitality schools in New Zealand. It offers not only the best learning environment, but also easily approachable lecturers, a friendly environment, a great location and the best resources for students.”

Advice for other students
Make the most of your lecturers, Paul advises other students.

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your lecturers not only provide you with course information, but can also support you in other ways. One of my biggest concerns was if I would find a good job after graduation. Thanks to one of my lecturers, David Williamson, I was able to land a six-month AccorHotels HR internship, which eventually led me to obtaining a role at Pullman Auckland.”

Nothing is more important than industry experience, Paul adds.

“In hospitality, industry experience is key. Get out there and try to have various experiences in the industry to gain a better understanding of the industry. I was fortunate enough to complete an internship at AccorHotels as well as a collaborative research project with Boston University. Experiences like these will definitely help you throughout the degree and in your future career.”