Published: 05 April 2016

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management student wins Employee of the Month at Admirals Cove, Florida

International Hospitality Management student Stephanie Dang Guay has scooped Employee of the Month while on her Professional Training placement at an exclusive country club in Florida.

We chat to Stephanie about her award and how she’s enjoying her year in industry so far…

Congratulations on the award! How does it feel to have won Employee of the Month?

I couldn’t be more proud of myself and the achievements I’ve had so far at Admiral’s Cove. From what I’ve seen, the US makes a big effort to reward employees for hard work, so they can succeed and climb up the ladder.

Why do you think you won?

I’ve learned and grown so much since my first day here. I always try to my work place organised and efficient, plus I think the team noticed my attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond what’s expected of me.

What’s it like at Admiral’s Cove? Go on, make us jealous!

It’s all about the lush lifestyle, state-of-the-art facilities, amazing events and successful entrepreneurs. Being here makes you want to set your standards higher, to work harder and hope you get to be like one of the members!

Tell us a bit about your role as a Management Trainee.

Basically I’m learning what management is all about – trade secrets, strategic decision making and great pay! I’m part of the organisational structure of the company, so I really feel I’m making a difference in my role. It’s great knowing that Admiral’s Cove endeavor to select the best students for their training placements, which is why they choose from SHTM!

Why are you studying International Hospitality Management?

This course is one of the most diverse subjects in my faculty where I get to learn entrepreneurial and financial skills as well as the service sector. I also get to develop my passion for anything to do with food, with hands-on classes and food history. It’s a well-structured program that I know will open many doors in the future.

What made you decide to go on a Professional Training placement?

I decided to go for it for many reasons. I definitely wanted to go abroad! Also, I wanted to get real work experience, create a professional network, earn and save money, plus if you work hard on the final report, it’s all extra points towards your final grade. I know this placement will help me have a successful international career. I already have contacts in Asia, Europe and America – the world is my oyster!

Where do you hope your career to take you?

I’d love to come back and work for Admiral’s Cove - if they’ll have me! It’s such a great place to work and make connections. Then once I’ve gained enough experience, I’d like to open up my own business.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about doing a Professional Training placement?

Go for it! But be smart about your choice – research your role and ask your potential employer lots of questions because you don’t want to get any disappointing surprises. There are so many positives to doing a placement, especially abroad. And if you don’t like it – at least you get to return to uni life for one last year afterwards.

Find out more about the Professional Training placement.

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