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"From McDonald’s to the Grand Windsor!"
I’ve just started working at the Grand Windsor Hotel in Auckland city, after graduating with a Diploma in Hospitality Level 5 at NZMA. I first started working at McDonald’s after school, and then once I started at NZMA last year, and gained training in Barista, I was able to start working in cafes, which I loved. I particularly love baking, so was in my element in cafes!
I’m so lucky to be part of the foundation team at the Grand Windsor Hotel, and I have the opportunity to gain experience in all the main departments. My training at NZMA was in Food and Beverage, but as the hotel is undergoing renovations to become 5 star, I’m getting hands-on experience in a range of roles as the hotel is in the final stage of renovations.
NZMA gave me a purpose, and I have a path now, so I know I’m going places. Apart from the skills training in my course, I also gained confidence and was able to present myself well at interviews. This was in part thanks to the Careers Team who really help so much, as when you start, you don’t know what to expect. They really have your best interests at heart, and help with opportunities to find work, and this made all the difference to me.
I’m really keen to get as much experience as I can in my current role. Eventually I would like to continue my studies with NZMA and gain Level 6 and 7 leading to my Bachelor Degree from HTMi (Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland). That would be fantastic!