Over 250 job-seeking students and hospitality professionals made direct contact with more than 30 top-quality employers at the Institute of Hospitality London Careers Fair last week (Friday 19 May).
With student members at 34 UK colleges and universities, including Glion, University of Surrey, Westminster Kingsway College and University of Brighton, the Institute of Hospitality facilitated the match-making.
Mariya Kovacheva AIH, who graduates from the Edge Hotel School this year, said: “People from HR wanted to interact with us, see what attracted us to hospitality and ask about our future goals. They are going to offer us positions. It was very good and very useful.”
Paul McDonald, human resources business partner at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, said: “What an uplifting day meeting new and exciting talent through the Institute of Hospitality. Thank you to all of those new connections whom expressed an interest in Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard.”
Graham Copeland FIH MI, group hotel director at the Zetter Group, said: “I am delighted that we could showcase The Zetter Group’s amazing career opportunities to the talented students of the universities, colleges and hotel schools attending the Institute of Hospitality Careers Fair.”
Joanne Meredith, head of human resources at The Ritz London, said: “We have met many great students today.”
The event was organised by Michael Voigt FIH, general manager of L’Oscar and Institute of Hospitality London Branch education officer. Ben Singer FIH, chair for the London Branch, Paul Evans FIH deputy dean of BPP University and student member Eleni Michael from the University of Surrey worked closely with Michael to put the event on.
Those in attendance heard expert careers advice from guest speakers Robert Nadler of Nadler Hotels, Michael Gray FIH MI, former GM of the Hyatt Regency, Jurgen Ammerstofer from The Edition London and Rak Kalidas of Levy Restaurants.
The event took place at the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall. Lunch and refreshments were generously sponsored by BaxterStorey. Planday, a provider of employee scheduling software, also sponsored the event.