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This is just a brief introduction to explain that what you find below these lines are narrative descriptions of my professional career, as well as the most relevant topics of my personal life experience in relation with my career. If you are looking for a shorter summary, feel free to download my public CV here.I am currently listening to offers for positions in the Tourism industry worldwide. Of course get in contact with me anytime, I will be more than happy to extend any information you might require or answer any questions you might have about my profile.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!/Pablo González Jiménez
My studies started by exploring the field of computer technology. I went straight to University after High School. But after a year I realized computers were a good hobby, but not precisely my field of work. I decided to take a break and travel. I lived for several months in Stockholm, Sweden. I was 19 back then, and the world was my oyster.
As I came back to Sevilla, I realized traveling was something that really attracted me, as well as languages. And therefore I studied Tourism at the Private University of Sevilla (EUSA, 2005-2008). A 3 year diploma, including general knowledge about the Tourism field, business management, law, English and German languages, among other subjects. By the time I finished my diploma I was awarded valedictorian of my class, the official way for the University to honor the best student of the promotion.
During my diploma I had the chance to do an internship at NH Hotels, a very prestigious Spanish hotel chain with presence all over the world. I worked for several weeks at the reception department, finding out a new world for me. And it was love at first sight: hotels and me; that was the piece of the puzzle that was missing.
I decided then to right away increase my knowledge on touristic accommodation. So I joined a Master’s Degree program of 1 year, specializing in Hotel Management (EUSA, 2008-2009). This program gave me a huge theoretical insight of the day-to-day basis of managing a hotel (or any other touristic accommodation). But indeed the practical lessons and field trips were the most valuable part. All of the teachers were professionals of high reputation in the Tourism industry of the city (Hotel Managers, HR Managers, F&B Managers, Travel Agency Managers, etc.), and they welcomed us in their hotels and businesses to teach us very valuable on-site lessons.
An internship was also part of the program, and I had the good luck to be very well counseled and joined a position as intern of the manager of a 3 star medium sized hotel (68 rooms) in Sevilla’s city center. The manager of the Confortel Puerta de Triana Hotel (nowadays part of Ilunion Hoteles) accepted me and made sure from day one that I felt both welcome but at the same time the pressure of what it means to be the Hotel Manager. I learned a lot, working everyday by her side for several weeks.
Soon after starting my internship, I proved the value of my knowledge and personal experience. And that granted me an offer I could not refuse: I could work at the reception, as a normal wage-earner worker of the team. So during weekdays I would spend the mornings as intern with the manager and the afternoons/evenings finishing my Master’s Degree. And on the weekends and holidays, full 8 hour shifts at reception. It was a tough few months, but definitely worth it!
By the time I finished my Master’s Degree, I had already finished my internship, but they kept counting on me to work shifts at the reception. And when I was finally done with my program, I got the most awaited call: they offered me a full-time position at the reception. I could not believe my luck! So July 2009 marked the start of my full-time adventure in hotels, at the Confortel Puerta de Triana.
Because of the proved value of my work, I was right away granted two perks to my contract. First of all, I was only to work morning or afternoon shifts, never nights. In the manager words, “they could not waste my skills in the night shifts”, when I could be a much more valuable asset to the hotel during the day where the main activity happens. And secondly, I started being assigned with tasks that belong to the Reception Manager position (position that was vacant and currently taken care of by the Hotel Manager herself).
In a matter of a few months, that lead to the full time award of the Reception Manager position to me, which I gladly took the minute I was offered. It was indeed a great opportunity for a newly graduated 24 year old.
At this time a new Hotel Manager was appointed, with no previous experience in such position but a vast knowledge and experience as Reception Manager. This proved to be an extremely positive symbiosis: a long experienced Reception Manager, and a recently graduated Hotel Manager student. And so for the next 3,5 years we worked side by side. He provided invaluable insight about what truly means working in a hotel, and I provided great theoretical and technological skills on management.
By the end of the year 2012, after a great professional relationship, the current Manager had the chance to move back to his hometown. And my luck streak continued: I was proposed by him to be his natural successor in his position. And the company listened to the proposition, considered, and finally rewarded me with the achievement of the goal I had set myself to since I first set foot as an intern in a hotel just six years earlier.
March of 2013, with the young age of 27 years old, I was appointed Hotel Manager of the Confortel Puerta de Triana. The correct functioning of the hotel where I had started as an intern, was now my full and only responsibility. And I took it gladly.
The challenges were many, I had people working under my supervision now that were there to teach me as a newly graduated intern. Some of my colleagues had to follow orders and guidance from “a boy” 10-15 years younger than them. But that made the achievement only sweeter, when I was praised by them as a “good boss” in many occasions. I experienced a lot, and I had to learn a lot. Especially how to make quick decisions and never regret them, for good or bad.
After little over a year working as a Hotel Manager, I had found out yet another truth: I needed more. It was an idea that had been in my head for a while. I had yet to explore other possibilities, and the perspective of routine seemed too dark at the time, as I believe I had learned all I could learn from that position. Sure, I still loved my job, but there was something missing.
Due to several events, the opportunity rose. Managing the Confortel Puerta de Triana hotel and me had to part ways. And by the end of May 2014 it happened. I took a break, and for a few weeks meditated on the next step. And then it was clear as light to me: wanderlust had taken its toll on me.
In just a few weeks I prepared myself to embark in what became the trip of my life so far. By the beginning of August 2014 I was boarding a plane, destination New York. My only companion, my backpack. For 3 months I wandered around the USA, discovering the world and myself. Locations like Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, New Orleans. And sights like the World Trade Center memorial or the Grand Canyon. I can not begin to describe what this trip taught me. That is why I consider it part of my professional experience as well.
By the beginning of November 2014 I came back to Sevilla. The next step was also a plan that had been brewing for a couple years in the back of my mind. I wanted to start my own business, become an entrepreneur. So I started working full time on what would be my own online travel advisory agency.
During this time the knowledge I achieved was great also, as I dealt with all the administrative and legal processes necessaries to establish my own company. Dealing with the public administration in Spain is not an easy task! Besides that, building up my own company’s website as well as taking care of all the accountancy and tax issues related to it were other valuable lessons I learned.
After over a year of working on this project, there were several things pointing me in the direction of a new change. So by the beginning of 2016 I decided to put my business on pause, and move on.
And thus currently I’m what you could call “between jobs”, deciding what the next step could be and looking and hearing opportunities. Partially longing to get back to hotels, but on the other hand might explore new fields like working on translating or even web developing!
The purpose of this section is simply to give you insights on the aspects of my life that have shaped me into the person I am today, aside from my education and professional career. The main focus is going to be the travels, languages and international relationships I have had over the years that have strongly influenced the way I see people, different cultures and the world itself.
Since a very young age my parents strengthened the importance of English as a second language, so I soon was attending private lessons to learn and improve. A good many years, until I was 18 and joined the University. My dear British teachers (special thanks to Mike, Jennifer and Barry) shaped my, back then, very poor English, and pushed me hard to go for nothing less than as close to perfection as I could get. Practice, practice and practice!
In the meantime, as a teenager, I grew fond of many music bands, most of them singing in English. I found in music an awesome way to invest my English skills, learning lyrics and singing along my favorite artists. This is a passion I still retain nowadays, listening to varied music every single day.
At a very young age I also started travelling, following my dad around in some of his multiple work travels, as well as family vacations. The first main experience came at the age of 13 though, when I lived abroad for the first time. This happened in a country that was so foreign to me back then, so different. Copenhagen was our home for 2-3 month periods during a couple of years. Mainly summers and Christmas holidays. Dad was working there, so mom, little sister and me had to follow him when we had the chance. Allow me to be honest, this was an experience I did not enjoy back then. It was not the best summer plans for a 13 years old boy to spend it in a country that was so alien, with people who spoke a really weird language and everything seemed so strange.
But of course, looking back at it now, this period of my life made me grew up and started off my passion for the international life, other cultures, languages and travelling.
Over the years I have had the chance to travel and explore other locations and cultures. I have to admit I am especially fond of the Nordic countries and cultures, and thus I have spent a lot of time in Sweden and Finland specifically, and toured Norway too. Immersing more deeply in these cultures really showed me how different things can be.
In general I have travelled a lot, growing up as a person and improving my people and language skills. Just to mention a few places I have visited: London, Dublin, Paris, Venice, Athens, Dubrovnik, Wien, Bratislava, Munich, Tangier, Tetouan, Hamburg, Milan, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia; among others. And of course the big trip around USA that I have mentioned earlier.
The main conclusion that I have obtained after all this travelling is one that clearly shaped my way of thinking and seeing the world. It’s a simple but very strong fact: No matter how much you like your hometown or your own country, you can always find things done different, and better, in other places too. So never stop searching for better, because you will most likely find it somewhere in the world.