On 15th November, our Belfast campus hosted its’ Insight Into Hospitality event for all second and final year students.
With the expansion of hotels in Northern Ireland, it is an exciting time to enter the hospitality industry here. Hastings Hotels have six luxurious hotels in key locations across Northern Ireland. They are opening their seventh hotel in Northern Ireland next year. The Grand Central Hotel, Belfast will offer 300 luxury bedrooms, a restaurant, bistro, rooftop lounge, retail units and a range of superbly appointed offices. Andras Hotels are opening the first Hampton by Hilton in Belfast and a new 103 bedroom hotel in Portrush. Both hotel groups were well represented at our event, with students keen to hear about the new opportunities that these developments will bring.
70 students gathered to hear about graduate programmes and jobs within the hospitality industry, locally and far afield. From expertise on personal branding and LinkedIn, through to help with applications, recruitment practices and interview skills, students gained first-hand advice from global giants such as the Hilton Hotels and local giants such as the Hastings Hotels and Posh Nosh. A new addition to this year’s event was the Red Carnation Hotels, a luxury collection of award-winning five and four-star family run boutique hotels.
Ian Carlisle, an Alumni of our School of Hospitality, was delighted with their involvement:
"It was a pleasure to attend the Speed Networking event and gain feedback from students. Ulster University is close to my heart therefore having the opportunity to meet hospitality managers of the future was very insightful. Furthermore introducing Red Carnation Hotels to placement students and future graduates showcasing what we have on offer. We are excited to work with Ulster University in the future."
Speed Networking gave the nine employers an opportunity to meet our new stream of hospitality talent. Niall McKenna of James Street South, also a guest lecturer for the School of Hospitality, enthused “This was a great way to build our brand and help the next generation of culinary stars understand our industry”
Student feedback form the event was excellent, with 100% stated that they found the event worthwhile. When asked what the most useful part of the event was, student comments ranged from “Learning about current and future opportunities” to “Meeting potential employers”.
Some of our employers kindly agreed to go on camera for our YouTube channel:
If your organisation is interested in attending similar events to promote opportunities with Ulster students, please contact our Employability Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.