Every day more and more hospitality college programs are requiring their students to complete a certain number of hours, in order to obtain the degree. As the firsts entry-level job experience, internships allow students to start developing and investing time in their careers. The number of hours attains the reality, and the truth behind the hospitality industry spent side by side the customers and guests. Fabien Drogue is the Sub Director of the Melia Villaitana in Benidorm, Alicante (Spain) and he attributes his success to the balance between work and the academics. With more than twelve years of experience, he affirms that his career developed by putting in practice what he was learning simultaneously in college.
Major hotels companies and restaurant chains have developed training programs and internships for students from entry-level positions to management and corporate. Pages like Simply Hired and Hosco are useful databases where students can browse, research, and find the appropriate internship opportunity to kickstart their career. Drogue advises everyone who wants to work in the hospitality industry to find the perfect balance between college and work. Internships are an excellent opportunity to come close to the industry and start applying all the concepts learned at the university.
Culinary schools across the country have implemented in their curriculum a mandatory number of hours to be completed by students who want to graduate the program. The intention behind these university programs is to provide the proper preparation and training to students so that they would enter the job market with an unquestionable advantage and experience.
In joint efforts, some of the significant hotel’s groups across the globe have their training programs as part of the career development plan for students and employees, these type of opportunities have much weight on the resume and makes a particular and unique candidate. Drogue affirms within his expertise in the hospitality industry, that candidate with internships in their curriculum have a punctual advantage among others who do not. “They are trustworthy and have a better idea of how the industry works.”