Many students study hospitality management and dream of becoming a wedding planner or running their own grandiose hotel someday.
But some head down an unexpected career path: funeral planning.
“We kind of joke it’s like planning a wedding, but you usually have one or two days to do it,” said Becky Ralph-Bowie, a 2013 hospitality graduate and a funeral director at Houston-based Dignity Memorial, which regularly recruits hospitality students at the University of Central Florida and Florida State University.
Since 2010, state law changed so funeral directors are no longer required to be embalmers. That has opened the door for Dignity Memorial, one of the largest funeral networks in the country, to recruit about a dozen hospitality students.
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