Hannah Levy - Visitor Centre Assistant Manager
What is your name?
What company do you currently work for?
Glen Moray Distillery
What is your job title?
Visitor Centre Assistant Manager
Provide a brief description of your business
Glen Moray is a working distillery with an onsite Visitor Centre which provides tours and tastings to guests.
Describe your career pathway after leaving school
I moved to France after 6th year and worked as an Au Pair for 9 months with a French family. I then moved back home and saw an advert for Glen Moray Tour Guides. Speaking an additional language is always an advantage within the tourism sector so I applied and got the job.
What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?
- A language, particularly German as Moray attracts a lot of German tourists who are passionate about whisky. French or Spanish are also great to have too.
What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?
I enjoy touring French customers as I can give them a whisky experience in their own language.
Why did you want to work in this industry?
To be honest, I knew nothing about whisky and had never tasted whisky. I applied for the job due to the fact I can speak French. I then worked as a VC Assistant for a few years before being given the opportunity to become the Assistant Manager as maternity cover.
Did you ever want to pursue another career?
I had a few career ideas and had applied to university during 6th year. However, I felt too young to make a big decision like choosing a university degree and so I decided to go with the flow and I've since been at Glen Moray for almost 4 years.
What does a typical day in your role involve?
I manage the front of house side to the Visitor Centre. I host tours and tastings in French and English and assist in the day to day running of the onsite coffee shop.
What skills are required to do your job?
- You must be engaging and enthusiastic when taking tours.
- You must be passionate about representing the brand.
- I feel you have to be quite adaptable as there is a few different areas within the Visitor Centre which you must jump to and from throughout the day.
- I feel being open minded is a big part of the job as you will welcome a lot of people from very different cultures.
What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?
I understand that tour guiding/working in the tourism sector can seem like a daunting experience if you have never done anything like it in the past. I felt the same; I was very shy and quiet in my school years. However, since working here, I have built up a lot of confidence as you are fully trained in all things Glen Moray. Although cliche; I would encourage people to go for it. Tour guiding is an experience that has to be experienced before you can say whether you like it or not.
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