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News: Trainee man­agers present to the professionals

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Nottingham College Hospitality and Tourism Management students were put through their paces earlier this month, as they presented their research findings to an audience of industry experts as part of their degree-level course.

The group of 15 stu­dents were tasked with research­ing and pre­sent­ing a spe­cial busi­ness con­fer­ence Engag­ing with the future of Nottingham’s Vis­i­tor Econ­o­my at the Motor­point Arena.

The event was spon­sored by Not­ting­ham BID (Busi­ness Improve­ment Dis­trict) and Not­ting­ham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty Busi­ness School, and includ­ed a num­ber of sem­i­nars which were put togeth­er and pre­sent­ed by the stu­dents to a num­ber of local busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives, includ­ing Julie Oliv­er, HR Man­ag­er at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, who said:

I was very impressed with the organ­i­sa­tion of the under­grad­u­ate con­fer­ence and I enjoyed the flow and inter­ac­tion. The host was con­fi­dent, the guest speak­er was insight­ful, and the par­tic­i­pa­tion was infor­ma­tive and fun. I’m real­ly pleased I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend and I hope the stu­dents enjoyed it too. 

 — Julie Oliv­er, HR Man­ag­er at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Not­ting­ham Col­lege Ser­vice Sec­tor Man­age­ment BA (Hons) Course Leader, Robert Seals, said: As an entire­ly stu­dent-focused ini­tia­tive, this has been an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty for our stu­dents to under­take con­tem­po­rary research of a voca­tion­al nature, and it gave us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to forge clos­er links with our indus­try partners.

The project pro­vid­ed a more real­is­tic approach to the stu­dents’ stud­ies and improved their skills and con­fi­dence in per­son­al­is­ing, organ­is­ing and devel­op­ing their research, and pre­sent­ing their find­ings to a large audi­ence in a pro­fes­sion­al busi­ness environment.

The group real­ly engaged with the ini­tia­tive and should be very proud of their achieve­ments, and as ambas­sadors for their course and the College.” 

Stu­dent, Alek­san­dra Kruszel­niuk, 21, was respon­si­ble for deliv­er­ing a sem­i­nar along­side her group. She said:

I real­ly enjoyed the whole process of gath­er­ing all the infor­ma­tion and doing the research for our top­ic. Stand­ing up in front of so many peo­ple was nerve-rack­ing, espe­cial­ly so many indus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, but the expe­ri­ence real­ly helped with my con­fi­dence, my pub­lic speak­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion skills. 

I’d real­ly like to become a man­ag­er with­in the ser­vice sec­tor indus­try one day, so hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be part of some­thing like this, and the chance to net­work with busi­ness­es, has been great. I’ll def­i­nite­ly take a lot away from the project and I’m sure it will ben­e­fit me in the future when I get a full-time job. 

 — Alek­san­dra Kruszelniuk

The con­fer­ence was also sup­port­ed by Foun­da­tion Degree Events Man­age­ment stu­dents who organ­ised the event logis­tics, as well as Lev­el 3 Pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dents who helped to doc­u­ment it.

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  • 21st February 2019 (12:19 PM)
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