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Interviwe with Dr. V. Jaykumar

On a lovely Tuesday evening, 14th of July at 8pm, we had Dr. V. Jaykumar, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Hospitality and Event Management, PES University, join Mr. Arvind, CEO of team.i on our Instagram live series  Expert Speak on the changing landscape…a plethora of opportunities.

Tell us about yourself:

Dr. Jaykumar’s journey in the hospitality and events world kicked off when he completed his course of Hotel Management from IHM Chennai. “Right after completion of my degree I joined Taj for the management training”. After being the manager there for sometime, he realized that this wasn’t enough. So he decided to get into the line of academics. He started teaching people about hotel management. After sometime he realized teaching isn’t enough for him and thus he joined back into the Hotel Management industry. But this time as a waiter, and also was the bartender for some of the popular pubs in Bangalore.

After following this schedule for sometime he realized even this wasn’t enough. Thus he decided to pursue higher education, and did his masters. “So I was teaching, bartending, working and pursuing masters at the same time”. 

 Since then, there’s been no stopping for Dr. Jaykumar. He went on to pursue various degrees and a PhD in Tourism Management. As part of his PhD degree, he became a certified wine taster and maker, and has worked with several of the big wine distilleries of India and outside India too. 

 When asked about why he decided to become a bartender he said “Basic idea is that our industry is a contact industry. You need networking from the lower level, and that’s why I did what I did. My Phd helped me a lot understand the dynamics of this industry”.

How has bartending helped your current job?

 “It helped me understand the pulse of the youngsters and the pulse of the industry”. 

 What have you done in the lockdown so far?

 “Personally I did 25 webinars across the world. I got myself certified from a course. I started writing my own blog. I was working on 2 research papers on how you can brand products during a lockdown”.

Any Advice for the youngsters out there?

 “Hold on to your culture and values. Be a little humbler. Learn 3 more or 4 more things. Listen to the professionals. Try to live a day without mobile in a week. Try to reimagine the industry especially during these testing times”.

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