Joshua Grotheer

Joshua Grotheer

Owner


Joshua Grotheer Designs

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Worked for a catering company throughout high school, which allowed me to see the nuts and bolts of an event. Planned to attend culinary school upon graduating.
An executive chef shared his frustrations about a career in the kitchen. Realizing I was more of a "people person," I began expanding my college search to include hospitality--not just culinary arts.
Found Georgia State University during my search. Their hospitality program is within a college of business, which gave me the business foundation I needed. I applied and was accepted as a Panther.
While enrolled at Georgia State, several professors encouraged me to explore options while still taking classes. I was fortunate enough to be a student teacher for the hands-on food lab offered.
My elective courses during college were focused on the restaurant and foodservice segments of the hospitality industry. Upon graduation, I got a job as an assistant food stylist--one of the best jobs!
A year after graduation, I was fortunate enough to be hired by my alma mater. I worked with prospective students seeking a career in hospitality, as well as keeping up with fellow alumni. A true joy!
My passion for events grew and a hobby grew into a part-time job that allowed me to help brides and corporate clients with their weekend events. This led to creating my own company.
Soon, my part-time passion became a full-time reality. Being self-employed has its challenges, but it is very rewarding. Thanks to the business courses I took at Georgia State, I am able to succeed!
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Education

High School
Savannah Arts Academy
Bachelor
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Georgia State University

Career

Owner

I am a floral and event designer

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Food
Design
Being Creative

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Go out and meet people who work in that industry. Introduce yourself and don't be shy about clearly stating your goals in life. Find someone who has the career, position or works for your dream company. Write them a letter asking for advice. Ask them "How do I get to be like you? What actions do I need to take to get a job like yours?" You'll be surprised at their answers and their willingness to help or offer advice, or even be a mentor for you! Plus, future employers love students with drive.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Hospitality is just about serving others. Who could ever make a career out of that?"