Is Motel Manager a Decent Job for Me Based on my Goals??
September 9, 2012 4:55 PM Subscribe
Through a friend I have been offered the opportunity to work at a "mom and pop" 60 bed motel that has a fitness center, pool, and serves meals. It averages decent ratings from guests. I'm up for the challenge but I'm no spring chicken. I lost a good paying position in the recession in 208 and subsequently had to drop out of a Ph.D program just before comps- and it looks like I won't be finishing that degree any time soon, because I currently work in a call center and can't even afford a car.
posted by Piscean to Work & Money (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
One of my dissertation interests is urban agriculture and housing communities set up to support it. I'd love the opportunity to work alongside community designers to plan and/or design and/or run such a community. I figure that work in fields somehow related to such an endeavor would be helpful since I can't afford to return to school.
The motel job is is live-in and would give me experience in property management, which I think would be very helpful. The pay is HORRID but includes room and board and internet. I wouldn't need a car, and I'm hoping I can get at least breakfasts out of the deal!
Basically the only reason I'm considering such a job is to put a management position back on my resume and to gain experience for my career goals. I do have experience as a travel agent and in management, but not enough to impress employers.
My questions to people with this type of experience run along the lines of: What is it really like to work as a live-in motel manager? Does it look good on a resume? Would this kind of experience help me with the career goals I've mentioned? What skills will I be building? What makes a great motel manager? How can I parlay this position into something better paying down the road? What are the pros and cons?
This call center job does not use my best skills and is a go-nowhere job. The pay is good for the current economy, however, and I have health insurance - plus I can walk there. I won't leave my current job if a motel manager position won't move me toward my goals.