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Journey to Running Top Hotels Started with Rigorous First Jobs - Reuters

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Want a nice room on a beach somewhere? Many of the hotels around the globe, by the way, are part of large chains overseen by just a handful of people.

For the latest in Reuters' "First Jobs" series, we talked to a few of those high-powered hoteliers about the gigs that got them started in life. 

Arne Sorenson

President & CEO, Marriott International 

First job: Motel night cleaner

I was assistant foreman of the night cleaning crew at the Ambassador Motor Lodge in Wayzata, Minnesota. It was not a fancy job, so it didn't take extraordinary connections to get it.

The shift was from around 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and we were responsible for cleaning all the public areas - vacuuming the carpets, mopping the bathrooms. The night shift is an interesting collection of folks, working for all sorts of different reasons. Everyone came from their own unique circumstances, but we all had to learn how to work together.

One of the life lessons from it was that there is pride and dignity in every single job - even the ones you literally don't see, because they take place in the middle of the night. I even volunteered to clean the bathrooms myself. That was because no one else wanted to do it, I could get it done relatively quickly - and it let me get some reading done.

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