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Everyone has the same passion and drive at UCB, from the lecturers to the students. It is an amazing place to learn about food, wine and service. For culinary skills, UCB is the top of its league. I did a placement year in the South of France near Marseille. It was an incredible experience. I had the independence of living on my own in a foreign country and my French now is really good. I did six months as a pastry chef and six months front of house learning about the wines and talking to customers. I graduated in 2015 and I am now assistant restaurant manager at Michelin-starred restaurant Carters of Moseley, training to be a sommelier. It is a great position because you can take it to so many places, not just career-wise but travelling all over the world.
I’ve always been interested in events. I chose UCB because this course really focused on the events industry and was an in-depth, hands-on course. The best part of the course is being able to gain industry experience alongside my studies and enable me to develop a portfolio of my work to show potential employers. I was an intern at Birmingham Airport for Enterprise for three months. After demonstrating what I was capable of, I was promoted to Campus Brand Manager and now establish links and professional relationships on behalf of Enterprise with colleges and universities within the area. I currently do this part-time alongside my studies at UCB.
Graduating from University College Birmingham with Hospitality and Tourism Management allowed me to develop excellent analytical skills and improve my problem-solving ability in the work place. I am now pursuing an MBA International Human Resource where I implement the strategy I learned at UCB. This has given me a solid understanding of the qualitative tools used by managers. My experience at both UCB and the various work environments I have been in have been rewarding to me educationally and professionally. Yet I realise I have only scratched the surface and I would like to continue my education so I can fulfil my ultimate goal of becoming an invaluable asset.
If you are looking for a place where you can develop, think outside the box, gain industry insights and network with top leaders, UCB is the place to be. The University has provided me with the skills and the knowledge to succeed in industry. I gained invaluable work experience, volunteering for more than 360 hours for different events as part of the Professional Events Practice module. I also had the opportunity to do an internship in my final year in the fundraising department at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. What makes UCB outstanding is the way modules combine theory with practice, and the extensive knowledge of the lecturers. I worked for the London 2012 Olympic Games during the opening ceremony – a dream come true. Then I got an amazing job with a bespoke events management agency in Birmingham.