Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management - James Dempsey
I chose GMIT, as I loved the hospitality industry from a young age since I started working in a local hotel.
I decided to study a BA in International Hotel Management, as this was a very diverse programme, which covered a wide range of topics.
I was also very attracted to the two work placements, which are part of the programme. These allow you to start building your CV while in college and gain fantastic practical experience.
They gave me the opportunity to put what I learnt in the classroom into practice. Year’s one and two of the course focused mostly on the practical elements such as culinary skills, food and beverage techniques, front office operations and accommodation services. This gave me a great understanding of how all of the hotel's departments operate.
The LINKS office has many connections worldwide which ensure you can find the property that suits you for both the placement in Ireland and abroad.
I completed my 30-week International placement in the Wequassett resort in Cape Cod, USA. This was a fantastic experience where I learned all aspects of five-star service. It is a fantastic experience to work abroad as you get to meet so many new people. As well as this, I learnt many new ideas, which I will implement back home.
The final two years of the course focused on different business modules, which was very useful. In the current uncertain times, a degree in Hotel Management will be extremely beneficial as there as so many different pathways and opportunities.