Lara Russon

Lara Russon

Hospitality with Events BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCB is a specialist institution that enabled me to study exactly what I wanted, focusing on the areas that I had a real interest in. My time there inspired me to progress in the tourism industry, make lots of friends and learn from the lecturers’ experience. 

I also did two industrial placements while studying, one of which was a specific housekeeping placement for five days, after which I was offered a part-time position at a hotel within their restaurant team. The second placement was on the front desk within the same hotel, which was a valuable experience. 

Since leaving UCB I have had some amazing opportunities. I had the privilege of working at Le Manior in Oxford, which is owned by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc. I also spent four months in the beautiful Cape Cod in Massachusetts at Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, with extensive training towards their Forbes Five Star. I learned so much and grew as an individual and professional. I now work at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida working in the UK Pavillion at Epcot as part of their food and beverage team. 

I have always loved customer interaction and getting to know about the places people are from. The guest interactions I get working at Disney are incredible, i get to talk to people about their home towns and learn about their cultures swell as sharing my own with them. 

If I could give students on this course one piece of advice, it would be to make sure they make the most of every opportunity that comes your way – it might not come your way again – and have lots of fun doing what you enjoy.

 

"I now work at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida working in the UK Pavillion at Epcot as part of their food and beverage team."

Lara Russon

 

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