Students get a behind-the-scenes look at careers in a busy city hotel

March 2014

Four UCB students got an insider’s guide to a career in the hospitality and tourism industry thanks to Hampton by Hilton Birmingham City North.

They got a behind-the-scenes look at the hotel, located in the Jewellery Quarter, during a careers event.

The students – Flavia Maxim, Sinead David, Saima Kiren and Andra Papa – met managers and had a mock job interview with the general manager. They also worked in the front office, HR, finance and housekeeping to gain valuable hospitality experience. 

The activity supported Hilton Worldwide’s global corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, and the company’s aim to positively affect the lives of at least one million young people across the world by 2019.

Neil Parks, hotel manager, Hampton by Hilton Birmingham City North, said: “A careers event for students is close to my heart because I’ve seen many people go from university students to full-time team members, working their way up to management positions within the Hampton by Hilton brand.

“We were delighted to offer first-hand taster sessions for the students to practice their interview skills, learn about the Hampton by Hilton culture of service, the importance of the brand’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and gain experience of what a typical working day in a hotel is really like. 

“The day was a huge success. We really enjoyed working with the students and we hope they take advantage of the knowledge and experience we shared with them.

“We are now planning to do another event later on in the year to offer more students the opportunity to gain hospitality experience.”  

It was great to partner with Hampton by Hilton Birmingham City North because it offered our hospitality and tourism students valuable behind the scenes experience. Hampton by Hilton is well recognised in the industry and to develop a local relationship shows how the local business is offering helpful advice to Birmingham students.

Hazel Foggin, Careers & Employability Coordinator at UCB

Saima and Sinead are second year tourism business management. Andra and Flavia are first year hospitality with events management.

Hampton by Hilton Birmingham City North caters for leisure and business travellers.