It’s not what you know, but who you know…or so the saying goes. And when it comes to useful contacts, Careers Advisor Lee Parker is worth his weight in gold. Lee has worked in most of Auckland’s top hotels – Stamford Plaza, SkyCity Grand, Mercure Auckland, Heritage, Westin (now Sofitel), Chifley Suites (now Barclay), Sebel Suites and Quay West Suites.
He has held a range of positions from front office, to sales and marketing, to housekeeping management, and he knows exactly what today’s employers are looking for. Just prior to joining NZMA Careers in August 2014 Lee was the Operations Manager – Rooms for the Mercure Auckland Hotel. As well as forging an exciting career in New Zealand’s hotel sector, he has travelled the world working on cruise ships – an experience he describes as a “career highlight”. Born in Scotland, and raised in South Africa, Lee and his wife (who he met on-board ship!) moved to New Zealand 12 years ago. He is now enjoying using all his industry experience – gleaned from both here and overseas – to help NZMA students and graduates launch their own successful and rewarding careers.