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Let's catch up with alumnus Eric Rademakers [F 2012] | 02 november 2018

What do you do in daily life?

I run a football academy in Jamaica and I am a football analyst for the national television station.

What is great/fun/special/fantastic about your job? And what isn’t?

Everything I do is related to football, and I work with children and adults who also share that love for football. I don't specifically enjoy the administrative work that comes with running a business. Seeing that we just started I am still heavily involved in all operational procedures. This takes me away from what I actually love to do, which is improve the quality of football in our academy.

What have you learned at Hotel Management School Maastricht and what can you put to use right now?

The way of conducting work. Realizing what it takes to run a business. From A to Z.

What was your first job? How did you end up in this position?

I worked in hotels up until last year. My last position was Food & Beverage Director at a 5-star resort (GoldenEye Resort). I ended up in my current position due to taking a big risk and pursuing what I love to do: Football.

Where did you do your internships?

Practical internship in Aruba, management internship at MECC, Maastricht and my graduation project in South Africa.

What puts a smile on your face when you look back at your time at the hotel school?

Exposure to the world and its people (the experiences gathered by being around international students and also the exposure I got from the internship and graduation project overseas).

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Being the owner/director of the best football academy in Jamaica and a National Coach in the Jamaican Football Federation.

Do you have any tips for the current hotello’s?

Enjoy your life! Don't take things too seriously (you never know where you might end up), but when you do decide to commit to something; put every effort in doing the best you can do.

Anything else you would like to share?

Having a good network is very important in life, but don't get caught up in trying to create a network that is not true to yourself. Do what you think is best and treasure the relationships you make along the way. 

Dream Big, Work even Harder. In order to really get what you want (which is often not the easy road), you are going to have to put in a lot of work before you reap the benefits. Be willing to put in this work and be open for other opportunities along the way.

Don't think you have to put in a lot of hard work before you can be happy. You should be happy with the hard work you put in, if you don't enjoy the road to success, the 'success' itself won't satisfy you either.

You don't have to work in a hotel or restaurant because you did hotel school. Your knowledge can be applied in almost every single industry!

Learn, Learn, Learn. Try to become more knowledge in everything you do. From the simple things to the very sophisticated things. Always ensure your mind is ready to learn new things every day, from every person!

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