Work experience in the tourism industry for students is a sure fire way to open their eyes to a future career in tourism while encouraging them to commit to a life of being Caymankind to everyone.  Plantana recently hosted Jayde, a bright, well-mannered young Caymanian student, who wanted a taste of tourism as part of her school’s work experience program.  From administrative tasks to maintenance, quality assurance checks and greeting our visitors, Jayde spent three days learning the ropes at Plantana. 

We provided Jayde with a working introduction to the full gamut of what our hospitality team does at Plantana day in and day out.  She spent time in a few of our units helping to clean, inspect and perfect the units for our guest arrivals and she surely gained some wise life lessons in addition to a few commercial laundry skills during the time she spent in the more than capable hands of our laundress, Miss Sadie. Jayde even shadowed Roberto and saw first-hand how he resolved some minor maintenance issues that are all an important part of keeping the property in tip-top shape for our guests. In the office, Jayde was able to see firsthand how our reservation software system works, what some accounting tasks involve and even how housekeeping schedules are created each week to keep everything on track.  Of course, the most exciting duty was simply being on hand to welcome and assist our eager guests –the reason we all do what we do.

Jayde hopes to one day to operate her own business and with her positive approach to trying new things she will surely find her niche. We’re glad that Jayde’s curiosity about the working world led her to our special spot on the world-renowned Seven Mile Beach and we do hope that she gained some invaluable advice about working in the hospitality industry. It was a great opportunity to support the development of young people and, at the same time, to show our love for Cayman Islands tourism and for our Plantana guests.