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Odharnaith Ní Dhuibhinn BSc in International Hospitality Management

Name:
Odharnaith Ní Dhuibhinn
Age:
23
College:
DIT Cathal Brugha Street
Course:
BSc in International Hospitality Management (4 years- Level 8)
Sector:
Accommodation


Overview:

Odharnaith worked worked part-time in a bar in a hotel in Howth when doing her Leaving Cert. "It was great fun where I was working, I loved working with people and I thought it would be something I’d like to get into."

Full Details:

I looked up the different courses available, and Hospitality Management in DIT kind of stood out because of the 6 month placement in 3rd year. When you look it up you see that people go to Dubai, Hawaii and all over the world on their placement and that seems really exciting. The college has a placement officer who helps you find your placement.

"I applied through the CAO. When I started, they had just semesterised the course, so we did six different subjects in each semester. In 1st year we did basic Accounting, Computers, Cookery, Management, Marketing, Economics etc. You have to study a language as well. And we did Communication Skills which was really good, because it’s useful in any new job you go into. In 2nd year we continued some of those core subjects but we had to pick specialised hospitality subjects too, like Rooms Division, Heritage and Marketing, Innovation, Strategic Management. We had to run the DIT restaurant, The Blue Room, for 12 weeks – 6 weeks in the kitchen and 6 weeks on the floor. Everyone would get a chance to be the head chef and the maitre d – it was really good fun.

"In February of 3rd year we went on placement, so from the beginning of the year we were looking for the placements and learning about the papers we had to write after them. I got to go to Chicago for six months and worked in the Marriott. It was brilliant – I made loads of friends and connections and got to put all I’d learned into practice. We did two papers – one was a personal reflection on our time working and another was picking particular departments in the company and describing how it worked, to make sure we understood the fine tunings and why the business was successful.

"In 4th year I did more specialised subjects like Event Coordination, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Web Development. You do half your finals in January and half in June, which is quite good because it’s not like you’re studying for all your subjects in June and you also know where you stand half way through the year.

"I started working as an Assistant Manager in Findlater’s after I graduated to get some general management experience in the industry. But I decided that the area I really wanted to get into was marketing, so I went travelling to Brazil for a while and now I’m concentrating on looking for a graduate position in marketing in a hotel or another hospitality company.”
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