How I Jumpstarted My Career in Hospitality

I was first exposed to hospitality at the age of 14, where I worked as a pot-washer on the weekends for my dad in one of his restaurants in Kent, in the southeast of the UK. This hobby soon grew into a passion as I started organizing parties and events for my friends to distract me from the dissatisfying mass amounts of essays due during my final year of school (history, psychology, philosophy and ethics – what was I thinking?!). Fast forward a few years, and at the age of 18 I applied for Hotel Schools in The Netherlands. I knew early on that I wanted to study abroad, but never thought I would be spending five months in Bali and Bangkok completing my minors in Events Management. Studying abroad gave me the travel bug- it’s now a goal of mine to live in as many places as possible before turning 30. I am sure my journey with Hilton will aid this!

Here I am with the Food & Beverage Manager at Café IF as part of the university module.

Studying in the Netherlands and Asia was an eye-opening experience- I met so many people from all different cultures and backgrounds. Looking back, I can’t pin-point just one highlight of my university experience. I didn’t realize how much it meant until it was over.

Upon returning to University, my supervisor recommended I apply to Hilton as a Corporate Sales Intern for Events and Conventions. I was thrilled to be offered the position and continue my career in hospitality! In my current role, I support the lovely Big Event Association & Conventions team with sending out request for proposals (RFPs), as well as undertaking a variety of different projects. The best thing about my internship is that it is all project based, meaning I am given full responsibility of a task- whether that be a newsletter or research. Every week is different from the week before!

As an intern you also have to complete the Corporate Intern Program. Alongside 25 other interns in the office, we meet once a month where we discuss the assigned courses, and take part in activities such as guest speakers and quizzes. There is a real intern community within the office; we often meet for drinks on a Friday at the local pub and get together during our lunch breaks to play a game of pool. Hilton treats interns like real employees, and puts a huge emphasis on learning and development.

For the remainder of my time at Hilton, I hope to get as much cross-exposure as possible so that when I graduate I will have a clearer idea of what sector I’d like to delve into next. So far, hospitality has offered me endless exciting opportunities and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

To learn more about our university programs and apply for an internship like Sasha’s, please visit: https://jobs.hilton.com/universities/index.php