Greetings from Soerenberg!
My name is Dori Vajda, I am from Hungary and I am currently spending my third semester at HTMi.
I have started my Certificate course in Fall 2012 and after the successful completion of the academic studies, I encountered my first real life hospitality jobs. I was working as a service trainee in Arosa, in Waldhotel National, afterwards I collected valuable experiences in the kitchen as a trainee in Weggis, in Hotel Schweizerhof.
Returning to school, I spent a busy Diploma semester concentrating on academics again. As always, many events made the semester colourful and especially interesting. To experience new departments and understand the F&B operations better, I spent 3 months after school at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, working as a bar trainee and I also had the chance to take a look at the administrative processes of the Food and Beverage Department.
The next step in my career was exploring another department: I started working at the Palace in Luzern, one of the prestigious five star hotels on the shore of the sparkling Lake Lucerne. As a Front Desk trainee I not only collected important experiences and learnt a lot, but also managed to improve my German skills. Working at the reception and the guest relations desk, meant continuous contact with the guests of the hotel and dealing with various issues. This kept the work challenging and diverse from day to day. I also had the opportunity for a cross training, after which I occasionally worked at the Spa Reception as well. These seven months required dedication and hard work, but in return I learnt a lot and I am ready for new challenges.
Right now, I am back to school again and I am doing my Higher Diploma course. The many different subjects opened up for me new fields of the hospitality industry, and I cannot wait to use the freshly gained knowledge during my next internship.
Thanks to my family and everyone at HTMi, I am having the time of my life while getting ready to face the real world and become a part of this always changing, challenging and great industry.