Employability

Employability

As a student at the Edge Hotel School, you will benefit from close links to the hospitality and events industry. Not only will you be working in a real hotel, serving real customers and facing real challenges, but the course itself has been designed to offer you as much hands-on exposure to the industry and its current practices as possible.

Supporters include The Ritz, Red Carnation Hotels, EDITION Hotels, Georgian House Hotel, Moet Hennessey, Hilton Worldwide, Milsoms Hotels and Restaurants, the Savoy Educational Trust, Marriott, Exclusive Hotels and Venues, Amaris Hospitality, Vineyard, and Adnams - among many others.

Many industry insiders provide master classes and field trips, giving you the chance to network and engage with future employers. The annual careers fair welcomes a range of hospitality organisations that provide guidance and opportunities for your future.

We are supremely fortunate to work with many of the most respected figures from the hotel, restaurant, leisure and catering sectors, all of whom publicly support the Edge Hotel School with advice, assistance and practical participation. Take a look at our Patrons page.

"I worked with students from the Edge Hotel School on a project to increase my conference business at the hotel. I was very impressed with their professionalism and they came up with some excellent recommendations that I hope to implement shortly."
Michael Clitheroe - General Manager, Balmer Lawn

"The consultancy project we undertook with the Edge Hotel School students provided some really insightful management information and challenged our current thinking on a key area of the business which will result in us making some changes and moving our business forward. I would thoroughly recommend the process to any Hotelier."

Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director, Exclusive Hotels and Venues

"I commissioned a consultancy project with a team of Edge Hotel School students to design a social media campaign for the launch of a new 5* hotel in London. Throughout the process I was very impressed with their professionalism and hard work and was astonished at the quality of their recommendations, which was on par, if not better, than professional services we have employed in the past."

Michael Voigt - General Manager, L'Oscar Hotel London


Graduate Stories

Katie - Hotel and Spa Front of House Manager, Rowhill Grange Hotel

Rowhill Grange Hotel Image.jpgAfter finishing my Hotel Management degree in 2014 I was initially employed by Rowhill Grange Hotel, part of Alexander Hotels, in Kent as a Trainee Manager and trained in many hotel departments. After this I took the role of Reception Manager and then recently was promoted to my current role of Hotel and Spa Front of House Manager.

The role has enabled me to really put myself to the test and to utilise all my skills that I have learnt over the past three years, both at the Edge Hotel School and during my training at Rowhill Grange.

My aim upon leaving the Edge Hotel School was to gain a management position within a hotel in which I will be able to run a team and a department. My role currently has exceeded that and I am very proud to have been given the opportunity in such a short period of time since graduating.

Luke - Guest Relations Manager, Marriott Hotel Sydney Harbour

Luke Teeling.jpgI finished my Hotel Management degree at the Edge Hotel School in July 2014 and was over the moon after going straight into employment as assistant Executive Lounge Manager at London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. After two years there I moved onto another Marriott hotel - the Sydney Harbour in Australia, where I am now the Guest Relations Manager.

My degree course at the Edge Hotel School changed the way I look at things, I have so much knowledge that I am now putting to good use.

My advice to future and current students at the Edge Hotel School would be to use your time well. Take every opportunity you are offered, go to networking events, and take up work experience. I did three weeks work experience at London Marriott Hotel County Hall and it led to me being offered this post.

Emma - Events Coordinator, Cowley Manor

Emma Sutton.jpgI finished my course in September and moved to the Cotswolds, where I started work in the luxury Kings Head hotel in Cirencester. I am now at Cowley Manor in Cheltenham working as the Events Coordinator.

I have loved my time at the Edge Hotel School and I have built some great relationships with the staff at Wivenhoe House, who really do care about the student experience and want to train you.

Jade - Guest Services Supervisor, The Laslett

I was approached by The Laslett while representing the Edge Hotel School at the Boutique Hotels Summit in London. I was thrilled when they offered me a position in Guest Relations and I was then promoted after my first year there to Guest Services Supervisor. Working in London's Notting Hill my role encompasses many different departments, including concierge and reception, and the hotel is run as one big family - which made the role very appealing to me.

My advice to future Edge Hotel School students would be to learn how to manage your time - it can be difficult at first but if you have the right attitude you'll have time to work and play. I learnt so much throughout my degree and having a wealth of opportunities such as attending the Boutique Hotels Summit led to my career!

James - Butler and In-room Dining Coordinator, The Savoy

A few days after completing my Hotel Management degree in September 2015 I joined The Dorchester as Chef du Rang at The Promenade. I am now the Butler and In-room Dining Coordinator at The Savoy.

My advice for future and current Edge Hotel School students would be to go for everything - you won't get anywhere unless you put yourself out there - have confidence in yourself and your skills. The Edge Hotel School has helped me in my career by preparing me for interviews - the Professional Performance Assessments and reflective statements help you to highlight your strengths and 'wow factor' stories which helps massively in interviews. The experience really makes you stand out against the competition.

Charlotte - Project Manager, BaxterStorey

After completing a placement at prestigious contract caterer BaxterStorey during a break from my studies I knew I wanted to work there when I finished the course. I started in Canary Wharf, London, working as a Graduate Manager. Initially I took part in a nine-month training period which introduced me to various areas of the business and led to the position I am in now as Project Manager.

Since joining the Edge Hotel School in 2013, I have gained so much more confidence and I have learnt that I have to go out and get things myself. Being at the Edge Hotel School helped me realise that I wanted to work in catering management.

Emily - Assistant Floor Manager (Events), The Dorchester

Emily Nugent.jpgI started at The Dorchester on the Food and Management Graduate Trainee programme - after 18 months I am now in a full-time role as the Assistant Floor Manager.

At Wivenhoe House you do everything as an Edge Hotel School undergraduate. If you need a menu, you go and type up a menu, if you need a table changing, you go and change a table. You learn about literally everything. I would definitely recommend doing a Hotel Management degree at the Edge Hotel School - it can be hard work but it's worth doing it, especially in just two years.