Shortly after graduating from high school in Florida, Hans Jensen got a summer job as a waiter at Club Med Sandpiper in the nearby town of Fort St. Lucie. What started as a mere summer job evolved into a series of jobs with Club Med resorts-before, during, and after college-that took him to Copper Mountain, Colorado; Eleuthura Island (in the Bahamas); and Turquoise, Turks, and Caicos Islands.
After his first season as a waiter at Sandpiper, Hans quickly moved up to positions with more responsibility. By the time he left the Club Med system, he was an assistant food and beverage manager responsible for planning and budgeting buffet-style meals for up to 800 guests.
Although he enjoyed it, Hans insists that working at Club Med is actually very hard work. Anyone who wants to work at Club Med should know what they’re getting into. Most employees work ten- to twelve-hour days, often seven days a week. They’re not so much taking on a job as a lifestyle. Having said that, he added, “But if you’re willing to work hard and you go in with a good attitude, you’ll get a lot out of it . . . and you’ll definitely have a great time.”