Nearly 50 students from various universities participated in the timeshare industry ARDA World annual convention. From registration, to educational session attendance, a “speed lead” designed to put student candidates in front of hiring managers in a 4 minute 1 on 1 session, to the Awards Gala and lots of networking in between, the consensus was that this is a “must attend” event for students looking for employment in the timeshare industry!
Students from various universities across the United States will be competing for ARDA’s International Foundation Scholarships. The AIF Academic Outreach Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity for the highest caliber of hospitality students interested in the vacation ownership industry. Through partnership with generous donors, selected students will receive registration to the 2013 ARDA Convention including tickets to the Breakfast of Champions and Awards Gala, in addition to transportation, room and board; an industry mentor with whom to consult throughout the year; and a profile in Developments magazine/ on ARDA.org.
Information packets are being distributed by faculty at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College. Watch for more information in UCF’s Rosen College newsletters, and on FaceBook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
The timeshare momentum is growing at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. See what students, faculty, and industry are saying about the opportunities in the industry http://engage.ucf.edu/v/p/EXLkfCR
The timeshare business is comprised of 3 revenue generating/profit center opportunities, making it a unique and complex business model. The larger players in the industry have built another business unit around the origination and hypothecation of consumer loans.
ARDA’s AIF announces details of 2013 ARDA World Scholarship Competition. Students from Universities throughout the US will compete for scholarships granting conference attendance, mentoring opportunities, and more. As a first in 2013, students will have the opportunity to present their business solutions to industry conference participants.
Having just concluded another semester of teaching at UCF, I reflect back on an exciting career change of moving from industry to academia. Fall, 2012 was a semester of “planting” or arranging the building blocks from which academics and industry can come together to groom the future leaders of the timeshare industry. So many exciting things came about during the Fall 2012 semester alone: 200 students completing timeshare specific courses, including 20 at the masters level; a video to promote timeshare education and career opportunities (http://vimeo.com/54669537); 32 students attending and participating in the Shared Ownership Investment Conference; a UCF Timeshare Advisory Board was re-assembled; summer interns working in the industry were extended career opportunities; job shadowing events exposed more students to the exciting world of timeshare; and we are only getting started!