"I knew I’d benefit from the work experience and the knowledge I’d acquire from the industry. It was a good choice because I feel I’ve grown both personally and professionally."
We chat to Tourism Management student Daniela Tarniceru about her year in industry at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.
Daniela, tell us a bit about your placement role and what it involved.
My main role was in the meetings and events department, where I started as a floor attendee and made my way up to meetings and events assistant manager. I spent about seven months here. Then I spent about three months with the sales team as a sales coordinator and helped both the sales and planning side of the department.
I also had extra training in the food and beverage outlets, such as the restaurant and bar, and some cross training in human resources and reception for a couple of weeks.
Why did you decide to do a placement year?
I knew I’d benefit from the work experience and the knowledge I’d acquire from the industry. It was a good choice because I feel I’ve grown both personally and professionally. I met a lot of fantastic people who I still keep in touch with, and I’ve also been offered the chance to return after I graduate.
What was the best bit?
The fact that I got to know and work with so many amazing people who passed on so much of their knowledge and experience to me.
What top tips do you have for other students thinking of doing a placement?
The key thing is to never stop trying. I went through several interviews and got a few rejections. I secured my placement quite late at the end of April. I believe any experience is good at the end of the day. Even if you don’t get the placement of your dreams, it’s good to go for any offers as you will benefit from the work exposure.
How do you feel your placement has improved your employability?
I’ve improved on skills I already had and developed new ones I didn’t think I would. My attitude and confidence has improved considerably and I am seeing the hospitality, tourism and events industry from a different perspective now. I think I’ve adopted a professional business mindset and the way I deal with situations and people has completely changed thanks to my Professional Training Year.
Find out more about our hospitality, events, tourism and transport programmes, or the Professional Training Placement.