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.


"We commissioned a consultation project with a team of Edge Hotel School students to assist us in identifying new locations and sites for the continued roll-out programme of the Oakman Inns estate. We were very impressed with the detailed research, structured approach and analytical recommendations that the team delivered. The quality of work and professionalism of the students exceeded our expectations and as a result, we have commissioned the group to assist us to with further data analysis."

Mike Smith - Chairman, Oakman Inns & Restaurants Limited

"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

Charlie - Rooms Division Graduate, London EDITION

Charlie graduated in 2017 and is now based in the heart of London as rooms division graduate for The London EDITION. This five-star boutique hotel in Fitzrovia, on the edge of Soho has 173 bedrooms and is part of Marriott International.

"I will spend six months each in three departments, rotating around front office, housekeeping and guest experience, working both operationally within these departments and managerially as I progress."

"I applied for the job via the Marriott careers website and after a telephone interview I was invited to the assessment day which involved a variety of activities which I used to convey my skills and personality. From there I had a final interview with the director of HR and I was offered the position the same week!"

"Within this position I want to make my mark as a future leader with this modern and worldwide brand, I don't want to put a limit on what I can achieve with this hotel as I want to see how where my skills take me with EDITION and Marriott in the future."

Ellie - Interior Designer, Harp Interiors

Ellie embarked on her dream career after graduating in 2017 as an interior designer.

"When I was choosing my degree course, I was torn between the arts and hospitality. At the time I didn't think I would be able to combine the two. I met Harp Interiors through a guest lecture at the Edge Hotel School and was offered some work experience."

"I love the concept of creating an idea and then bringing that vision to life. Harp Interiors works a lot with hotels, cafes, pubs, restaurants and all sorts of commercial spaces. Apart from studying for my hotel management degree at the Edge Hotel School, my parents have always run pubs, so I understand the layout and practicalities required."

"I am so glad I did this degree course, it gave me that extra push to get the job I have now. Without the degree I would not have had as much knowledge to bring to this role"

George - House Manager, Brown's Hotel

George graduated in 2017 and joined Brown's Hotel in Mayfair on the Rocco Forte graduate manager programme. In January 2018 he was promoted to House Manager.

"House managers are responsible for running day to day life in the hotel. I work very closely with the front office and the reservations team to ensure our guests' needs are met and the whole operation runs as smoothly as possible."

"I love working at Brown's, from the moment you walk in it is a real escape from the outside world and our guests really appreciate it."

"My degree has helped me in every sense, I learnt how to apply the academic theory in a practical situation. There is no other course like it and I can't speak highly enough of it."

Emily - Event Manager, The Dorchester

Emily started at The Dorchester in 2015 on the Food and Management Graduate Trainee programme. After 18 months she was promoted to Assistant Floor Manager, and is now Event 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 degree at the Edge Hotel School - it can be hard work but it's worth doing it, especially in just two years."

Ellie - Sales and Marketing Executive, Georgian House

Ellie started as Sales and Marketing Executive at the five-star boutique Georgian House in 2017 after working with the General Manager Adam Rowledge while studying for her hotel management degree.

In the final stages of her course Eleanor and three other students had completed a consultancy project for Adam investigating the possible outcomes of Brexit in terms of immigration from EU member states and its impact on Georgian House.

"After I completed my degree, Adam contacted me through LinkedIn saying he had some roles available at Georgian House that he thought I may be interested in."

"When I first got the job I was really happy but also incredibly nervous as this would be my first experience with the hospitality industry outside of The Edge Hotel School. But I'm really glad I went for it! Throughout the whole process I've been made to feel really welcomed and comfortable by Adam and the GH team."

"The main attractions for me are the values and culture of the company itself. From my initial research for the consultancy project it was apparent that Georgian House invests in developing and taking care of their employees and this is something I recognise as particularly important within the industry."

"I've just completed the first week of my induction at Georgian House and have been getting to know the teams in each department. I have also spent some days experiencing the attractions we recommend to our guests. The main responsibilities of my role include promoting the products and services we offer, managing additional channels of communication such as reviews, and ensuring we effectively display the Georgian House brand."

"During my time at Edge Hotel School I took part in a variety of conferences and networking events which played a huge part in allowing me to explore and identify the aspects of the industry I favoured as well as networking with professionals. The practical aspect of my hands on experience at Wivenhoe House also meant that I gained a better understanding of the industry and how all the departments work in reality to accompany my theory."

"I would recommend a degree course at The Edge Hotel School for individuals who are willing and driven, the hospitality industry is 24/7 and therefore you need to be passionate and hard working."

"I've found it all in all to be a really good experience. The fast-track nature of the course allowed me to gain my degree in just two years and have the necessary experience to go straight into a job."

"The advice I would give to people who are thinking of entering the industry would be: Don't underestimate the power of standing out at networking events and making professional connections."

Armando - Guest Relationship Operations, Crowne Plaza, Beijing

Armando started his career in style after graduating in 2017 by working at the five-star Crowne Plaza International Airport hotel in Beijing, China.

"I've worked in the UK, Spain and the Caribbean and I wanted to have the experience of working in Asia."

"A lot of the guests speak English, and there are also French guests and lots of visitors from Latin American countries. Of course everyone likes to be welcomed in their own language."

"I wanted to work at this hotel as it is so large and gives me the opportunity to learn a lot of different job roles. I am learning non-stop."

Charlotte - Interim General Manager, BaxterStorey for Amazon HQ

Charlotte graduated in 2016 and went onto the BaxterStory graduate programme. She is now Interim General Manager for BaxterStorey at Amazon HQ.

"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 of 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."