THE EM­PLOYER

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Learning Curve -

Name: Leanne Cod­ding­ton Po­si­tion: Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Tourism Queens­land Skill tips: At the heart of any­one work­ing in the ser­vice in­dus­try is the de­sire to work with people.

That’s fun­da­men­tal for any­one in this in­dus­try. On top of that, there’s the tech­ni­cal skills, whether you are run­ning a tour or a restau­rant. So, from a mar­ket­ing per­spec­tive, those so­cial me­dia skills are vi­tal.

Then when you are look­ing at Glen, he’s look­ing at tourism from an events per­spec­tive. All of our work is fo­cused on the des­ti­na­tion.

The tourist of to­day is look­ing for more depth in that ex­pe­ri­ence. People in this in­dus­try are con­stantly hav­ing to evolve.

I just love the in­dus­try and my ca­reer has grown since I did my hos­pi­tal­ity and man­age­ment de­gree. I went from ho­tel trainee, to food and bev­er­age man­ager, head­ing up re­search and strat­egy, then HR and now in a CEO role.

I’ve been able to change my ca­reer as I moved through the in­dus­try and I’ve been given the op­por­tu­nity to do many dif­fer­ent things.

For­tu­nately, it’s not an in­dus­try that pi­geon­holes you.

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