Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Hospitality Business Management BA (Hons)

UCB is a recognised and well-established university known for their hospitality courses as well as bring accredited by the University of Birmingham, and that’s why I chose to study here. 

My lecturers were great and gave me invaluable guidance and support during my time at university. I also enjoyed spending time in their new campus, McIntyre House, which is a great place to study. It also has state-of-the-art lecture theatres, a very modern feel and EatSpace cafeteria sells great coffee to help you conquer those early-morning tutorials. 

I enjoyed tailoring my degree to my interests with optional modules such as International Marketing and getting involved in the practical elements. I also secured a placement in Dubai with Hyatt and Rotana Hotel Group. I learned so much about different working environments and the importance of diversity within the sector. It was without, a doubt, an integral part of my professional development as a student at UCB. 

I am now a Graduate Management Trainee with the Peninsula Hotel in New York. I’m on an 18-month fast-track programme that will allow me to become an assistant manager in preparation for my goal of one day becoming a general manager. The challenges ahead make me nervous, but also excited about the future. I hope to learn a great deal on this programme and demonstrate the skills that I have learned at UCB to the Peninsula Hotel. 

I know I am at the start of my career; there are lots techniques and processes that need to be learned within the hotel sector. I know that this graduate programme will be invaluable to my career development and open doors for me in the future. 

My advice for students considering a career in hospitality is to dedicate as much time as you can to learning as much as possible. There may be hard work and long hours involved, but everything will pay off in the end. You should never settle for a job you’re not passionate about and you should always set out to leave an impact.

 

"I am now a Graduate Management Trainee with the Peninsula Hotel in New York. I’m on an 18-month fast-track programme that will allow me to become an assistant manager in preparation for my goal of one day becoming a general manager."

Richard Johnson
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