Lecturer in the Spotlight: Mr Oehlers
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Welcome to Lecturer in the Spotlight! In this series of articles, we interview some of our inspiring lecturers at Hotelschool The Hague. These faculty members make our study programmes a great success, so we would like to share their career path with you. Today’s interview is with Mr Romeo Oehlers, Organisational Behaviour and Leadership lecturer at Hotelschool The Hague. This academic year, he won the award for The Most Stylish Lecturer at the Hoscars evenet of Hotelschool The Hague. This event was organised by the Student Council in Amsterdam to honour the most esteemed lecturers and instructors with different awards.
Mr Oehlers is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Hotelschool The Hague. He has been working as a lecturer at the Hotelschool for the past 5 years, starting as a freelancer and now as an employee. However, his love for training started at a much earlier stage. After working in the Hospitality Industry for renowned brands like Krasnapolsky and the Bilderberg Group, he decided to broaden his horizon in a different area. After studying Human Resources, Mr Oehlers decided to combine his passion for the Hospitality Industry with his interest in training others. Following this decision, he took part in different educational courses like communication and psychology, whilst continuing to work in the Industry as a trainer in Leadership. Now, he combines his job as a lecturer at Hotelschool The Hague, with his own business where he is providing training and coaching within the Industry. According to Mr Oehlers being your own boss, while working for an organisation like Hotelschool The Hague, is an excellent combination.
His main goal for students is for them to learn how to be critical. In Mr Oehlers’ opinion, it is what sets them apart after they graduate. He tries to achieve this by not only focusing on the hard skills, but combining them with the soft skills Hotelschool The Hague is known for. By balancing these two, he hopes to make the students think critically both for themselves, as well as for their teams. “Their thinking level increases and makes them look at more aspects than just the knowledge of a subject. Accounting or marketing for example, is not just accounting or marketing, it’s also about working with people. Hospitality is all about working with people, so this needs to be integrated into every part of the programme.”
Training and teaching others is just part of what Mr Oehlers likes about being a lecturer. It is the interaction with students, as well as being surrounded by young ambitious people that he can learn from in return, what makes this job so special. Being a lecturer at Hotelschool The Hague, Mr Oehlers says, is defined by the environment of the school. “Hotelschool The Hague is such a respectful environment. This is what sets us apart as a school. Even when you treat each other informally, it is still filled with respect. This is what we pass on to our students as well. The difference is how you treat people, both in and outside the Hospitality Industry.”
Mr Oehlers advises students to focus on what it is they truly want to do. “There is no movement without friction. Do whatever you want to do! Even when you fail, it will still be a learning experience. You need failures and disasters to learn and grow. Behind every successful man or woman, there is a long list of failures that enabled him or her to become a successful individual. Sometimes things need time, and straight forward is not the best way for you. Sometimes, taking a longer road will allow you the opportunity to grow more.”