Sierra Searing

Sierra Searing

Hostel Manager


Hostels Lanka

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First I did an exchange in middle school to England.
Then I volunteered teaching English in Spain.
Then I moved to England for boarding school without my family.
Then I did a degree in International Business, which took me on a year abroad to Chile.
Then I got a job in a big hotel working at the front desk.
Then I decided that wasn't the best atmosphere for me and I moved half way across the world.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
St. Clare's International School
Bachelor
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Carleton University

Career

Hostel Manager

I run a hostel for backpackers in Sri Lanka.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Travel
Environment & Nature
Working with Others

Day to Day

The day to day work is mostly the fun stuff: talking to guests from all over the world and helping them plan their trips in the country. However I have a lot of work managing reservations, availability, and rates on the computer and keeping my accounts up to date. This is more behind the scenes that most people wouldn't know I do.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Being open to new cultures and having excellent interpersonal skills are the most important things that are needed for this job. My experience was not the reason I got the job, nor did it really help me get started in the job. Being flexible and learning on the go from the other people that were here before me was the best training I could have gotten.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get out and explore the world after/during high school. There are so many opportunities that you can find in high school, university, and on your own time. I did an exchange in middle school plus a year abroad in university, plus I went to a boarding school in another country for my last 2 years of high school. Most hostels don't require you to have any experience to work and many places will let you volunteer your time in exchange for a free place to sleep.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
International Business/Trade/Commerce