Florida beckons for University of Chester students seeking dream jobs.

Posted on 9th February 2017

Handbridge may still be feeling the cold, but the University of Chester Business School hosted recruiters from the ‘Sunshine State’ at its Queen’s Park Campus recently, with over 40 talented students hoping to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.

Back row left to right are Chris Sheenan, Universal Orlando Resort; Nick Jacks, Director of Operations at Yummy Jobs; Luke Brisco, Yummy Jobs; and Andrew Lyon, Head of Department Marketing, Tourism and Events, University of Chester.  Middle row left to right are Anna Sheppard, Yummy Jobs; Martin Metcalfe, Programme Leader for Events Management at the University of Chester, Colin Potts Senior Lecturer in Tourism, and all the University of Chester students who are through to the final interviews.
Back row left to right are Chris Sheenan, Universal Orlando Resort; Nick Jacks, Director of Operations at Yummy Jobs; Luke Brisco, Yummy Jobs; and Andrew Lyon, Head of Department Marketing, Tourism and Events, University of Chester. Middle row left to right are Anna Sheppard, Yummy Jobs; Martin Metcalfe, Programme Leader for Events Management at the University of Chester, Colin Potts Senior Lecturer in Tourism, and all the University of Chester students who are through to the final interviews.
The University of Chester is one of the most supportive academic institutions for students looking to experience life changing opportunities and we are truly happy to welcome their fantastic students on to our programmes with some of the world’s most admired companies.
Nick Jacks, Director of Operations at Yummy Jobs.

The students, from across the country including more than 15 from Chester, are through to final interviews with Yummy Jobs for a summer work and travel programme in the USA. They enjoyed presentations by Chris Sheenan, Pool Services Manager from the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, as well as previous summer interns talking about their experience.

This cultural exchange provides international students with the opportunity to work with a world leading brand, while obtaining a valuable insight into American custom and traditions. Yummy Jobs created this industry-leading opportunity with Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort from scratch and the programme is currently in its fourth year of operation. Loews Hotels manages and operates all five of the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, which is one of the most visited and admired resort and entertainment destinations in the world.

During this work and travel opportunity, students will be placed in one of these hotels and will work across several hospitality positions. From a dream summer by the pool as a lifeguard, to learning the food and beverage function of a premium hotel, this programme will equip students with a variety of skills and experiences, which will support their future career growth. Yummy Jobs provides a comprehensive support package for each student, which includes offering a full placement, pre-arranged housing, in-country advice and assistance in applying for a visa. In addition, the students will participate on cultural exchange activities and volunteer experiences in the local community while in the United States.

Second year Tourism Management student Olivia Jones was successful and is thrilled to have been selected for the four-month summer placement at one of the world’s most famous resort hotels. Her preferred workplace is a retro themed property, which is the largest on-site hotel, with 2,200 guest rooms and suites, playing host to 6,000 guests at any one time.

She said: “I am excited to be through. It is a four-month summer job in the USA, which is fantastic, and I would like to choose Universal’s sixties-themed Cabana Bay Beach Resort.”

Martin Metcalfe, Programme Leader for Events Management, has been liaising with Yummy Jobs on behalf of the University of Chester for almost five years and has seen hundreds of his students going to summer and year placements with Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels (based at the latter), together with many more exciting opportunities. He said: “To give our students such opportunities are fantastic. It is excellent on a CV and a real confidence builder and it can be life changing!”

Nick Jacks, Director of Operations at Yummy Jobs, said: “The Yummy Jobs team and Loews Hotels are delighted to partner with the University of Chester, to provide fantastic opportunities for its wonderful students. Our partnership with the University has been an extremely valuable relationship for several years. The University enforces the need for students to obtain industry experience and cultural awareness. These elements enhance the employability potential of the student, once they graduate.

“The University of Chester is one of the most supportive academic institutions for students looking to experience life changing opportunities and we are truly happy to welcome their fantastic students on to our programmes with some of the world’s most admired companies. Martin Metcalfe is such a key link between education and employability, and the support he provides to his students is the model that all academics should follow.”

Kayleigh Catherall in her third year of an Events Management degree is off to Florida to Universal Studios.

“I applied last year but I couldn’t take up the opportunity so I am really happy to have the chance again this summer. It will give me more experience of different cultures and to be more independent.  I’ve been to Washington before but think this will be very different.

Hannah Phoenix enjoyed her year’s experience with Yummy Jobs in Disney last year so much that she is going to Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles, California, this year.  She said: “I go in June – I can’t wait I’m so excited! Last year at Disney was amazing and as soon as I got back I looked straight away for the next opportunity with Yummy Jobs.” 

When she finishes her course and summer job she then hopes to find a further sponsorship opportunity in the USA.