This week’s spotlight is on Jackie Uplap! Jackie shared with us her experience working for Octopus Hospitality, what she enjoys about working in hospitality, and much more. Get to know Jackie Uplap in this week’s staff profile feature!
Name: Prajakta (Jackie) Uplap
Role: Food and Beverage Attendant
How long have you worked for Octopus Hospitality?
I’ve been working for Octopus Hospitality since July of 2016.
How long have you been working in the hospitality industry?
I have been working in the hospitality industry for about 3 years now.
What do you enjoy about being a Food and Beverage Attendant?
I most enjoy the customer service aspect.
Do you have a favourite memory or highlight from one of your shifts?
I really like working at the Loop Café. The people there are really nice! I also find that working in meeting rooms is more favourable than working in restaurants for me.
What inspires you to work in hospitality?
I really like working in hospitality because it’s a great way to have fun while working, meet new people and talk to people; it doesn’t feel like you’re working. Plus, I like that I get to work with food!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in India and came to Melbourne in June of 2016.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?
In my spare time I like to go travelling. My favourite travel memory is trekking the Himalayas. I haven’t travelled around Australia much yet, but Mount Buller is my favourite place in Australia.
If you could only eat one kind of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could only eat one kind of cuisine for the rest of my life it would be Indian food!
What is your biggest accomplishment, personal, professional or both?
My biggest accomplishment is being featured in this week’s staff profile.
What would you consider to be the three best words to describe you?
Three words I would use to describe myself are Passionate, Hardworking and Fun.
What have you always wanted to try but never have?
I’ve always wanted to try surfing! I’m hoping to try it this coming summer.
When are you the happiest?
I’m happiest when it’s the morning! The start of a new day makes me happy.
Thank you Jackie for taking the time to share some information about yourself and your experience working for Octopus Hospitality!