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American Hotel Academy provides career development services through the Student Services Office which assists students with personal & career development while at school, help them become employable, self – confident and self aware.
Ultimately, by taking advantage of these services, students should be able to achieve career goals and succeed in their future career.

How can we assist you?

Our services include:
– One-to-one confidential discussions with a Career Development adviser
– Career development workshops
– Personal development workshops
– Tips & Tricks on career related issues
– Career assessments & guidance if you are undecided about the fittest career path for you
– working experience and volunteering opportunities while at school.

Walk-in Hours

Walk-in appointments are 15 minutes in length and start from 8.00 AM to 4.00 PM, every weekday in the Student Services Office. Walk-ins can be used for quick questions, resume reviews, cover letter reviews or to find out more about Career Development Services.

Make an Appointment for Career Advice

Please call 0756020326 or 0268455401 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment with the Career Development adviser. Appointment times range from 30 minutes to 1 hour in length.

Be prepared to answer a few questions regarding your reason for appointment and to give your name, email address and phone number.

Whether you’re still settling into your first year or you’re just a few months away from graduation, these tips & tricks should kick start your career planning.

1. Self – knowledge
Look at your skills, abilities, interests, strengths, weaknesses and personality; this will help you clarify your understanding of yourself. Then, it will help you choose the most suitable career for yourself.
There are lots of useful tools to help you with this, if you need guidance, contact your Career Advisor at the Student Services Office or email:
To develop self knowledge and skills attend some of the workshops listed under the Counseling Services webpage.

2. Explore career needs and your personal journey
Find out what your career needs are as a first step of getting there. Your career advisor can help you identify career needs or attend one of the school’s workshops. Discover your personal journey / adventure in life and where you are now on this path.

3. Study the job market for your chosen career
Research for career opportunities, companies that you would like to be a part of, study criteria or skills needed to get there, recruitment methods, compensation, culture and environment. See if what you discover about the chosen career fits with your career needs.

4. Start setting objectives and career goals
Use the SMART System to go through this stage. If you need guidance about this step, contact your Career Advisor at American Hotel Academy at email:

5. Make yourself employable
Once you decided where you are at now and that you want to gain working experience, be proactive. Get some paid or unpaid work experience and get yourself on short courses to develop all of your skills – from technical or educational to personal development. Also, start working on your Career Portfolio (CV, cover letter, other relevant documents…), gather and add documents to your portfolio as you start gaining working experience.

6. Keep your options open
Find out what’s out there by exploring our Careers Webpage, News Hub, attend career events and career workshops, visiting careers fairs, and speak to everyone and anyone you meet from the hospitality industry, about what they do and what they love about it.

7. Try it out
Take advantage of all work experience opportunities you can. Be creative. This doesn’t just mean formal work placements – you can also get valuable experience from shadowing, voluntary work, student events organizing, school projects, short-term vacation or part-time positions or by finding a mentor.

8. Use a range of job seeking strategies
Look in the right places and bear in mind that around half of jobs aren’t advertised so it’s worth approaching companies and organizations you’re interested in. Devote some time and energy to networking. It’s not always what you know… it’s who. So have a look around you and use any of your contacts.

9. Sell yourself
Getting a job is a bit like putting together a marketing campaign, with you as the product. The careers service can help you put together a professional and impressive CV and help with how to fill in successful application forms. Avoid looking standardized when presenting yourself to prospective employers. Standard CV layouts and clichéd supporting statements won’t get you noticed. Instead, work on well-researched applications that make it clear that you can add real value to the company and solve problems they are facing. Make it so they can’t turn you down.

10. Knowledge is power
Find out all about the different tests and types of interviews that you may be faced with well before you start applying and participate in as many interviews as possible. The more experience and information you have, the better equipped you’ll be when it comes to the real thing. The career advisor can help you with interview techniques. And if you are unsuccessful, follow up and ask for feedback so you can do better next time.


The secret to career success is blending:

  • Work that you ENJOY
  • Work at which you EXCEL (you are good at)

You can NOW develop your soft skills and EXCEL at work, by participating at any of the designated workshops. American Hotel Academy organizes these meetings yearly, at no cost, to further help you continue to develop yourself both personally and professionally.
You will notice in the calendar that each academic year has certain designated courses so, follow your academic year in the calendar. Senior students can join workshops designated for junior students but within a certain number of available seats.

Each workshop is limited to 20 participants and we are going to fill in the seats according to the “first come first served” principle. We will organize extra workshops if many of you are interested in attending any of the workshops.

The workshops are free and optional but you need to sign up if you are interested in joining a specific workshop.
To sign up for a workshop or to find more details about the time and place, you should let us know at email: or come by the Career Development Office in the Office of Student Services.

For Year / Program Workshop / Description
BA – 1st Year
Senior students and Master students can join as well
Learn how to understand and use body language in ways that build better relationships at home and work.
Duration: 2 hours
Develop your active listening skills and exercise empathy through a mix of information and practice. These soft skills. are the most important ones in your future career and the most appreciated by employers.
Duration: 2 hours
Being assertive: Reduce stress, communicate better, manage conflict, be authentic!
Assertiveness can help you control stress and anger and improve coping skills. Recognize and learn assertive behaviour and communication.
Duration: 2 hours
BA – 2nd Year
Senior students and Master students can join as well
Business correspondence is the exchange of information in a written format for the process of business activities. The correspondence is generally of widely accepted formats that are followed universally. Types of correspondence: business letters, emails, memos, writing and answering letters, writing formal requests.
Duration: 2 hours
Find out answers to questions such as: How do I create a personal budget? How can I save my money? Where do your money come from? Where do they go? How can I manage my money easily?
Duration: 2 hours
Improve the way that you use your time.
This is a skill that you need for your personal and professional life. The highest achievers manage their time exceptionally well. By using the time-management techniques presented in this workshop, you can improve your ability to function more effectively – even when time is tight and pressures are high.
Duration: 2 hours
BA  – 3rd Year
Senior students and Master students can join as well
Find out what options you have after graduation. Decide what your next career step will be and start planning for it.
Duration: 2 hours
You’re ready to make your move, ready for action. Whether you’re looking for an internship or a full-time job after graduation, the process of looking for the position (and employer!) that’s right for you is pretty much the same and both involve developing a search strategy. A search strategy is a plan or series of steps to help you obtain your goal: getting an offer for a position that matches your interests, skills, values, and personality.
Duration: 2 hours
How to use your professional profiles (Hosco, Linked In, Facebook) to maximize your chances to get your dream job.
Personal branding is the process whereby people and their careers are marked as brands. The personal branding concept suggests that success comes from self-packaging.
Duration: 2 hours

Working experience is a great way to gain some real life experience while you study and make yourself more employable.

Benefits of getting involved in activities / work experiences
– You can explore your existing career ideas and determine whether you are on the right path, before it becomes increasingly difficult to change direction.
– You will be more aware of the qualifications, skills and qualities required in different occupations, and how you match up to these.
– You can gain an insight into the relationship between your academic studies and their practical value in the workplace.
– You can write a fuller and more interesting CV by enriching your working experience.
– You may see how employers recruit. A work experience placement can be the first stage in the selection process, and even if no permanent jobs are immediately on offer, will help you build a network of contacts who can sggest a range of starting points.
– You can earn money, prizes or certificates. Either way, you will develop your Career Portfolio.
– You will start building a professional network of professionals, meet people and create connections.

What counts as ‘work experience’?
Any learning experience with value to employers is considered working experience. Check out some significant ways to gain working experience:

Voluntary work: Any type of work undertaken for no payment, usually outside of your course and in your spare time, conducted in an altruistic and empathic manner. We encourage students to volunteer as much as possible as a good way to buil up experience and skills.

Work placement: A period of structured work experience, which can be paid or unpaid. This can be arranged through your school, or organized by yourself directly with an employer and is for an agreed period of time.

Work-based project: A specific piece of assessed work for a course, undertaken at an employer’s premises or working to an employer’s project brief.

Part-time work: Paid work undertaken during term-time or vacations and typically undertaken to earn money to support studying.

Vacation work: This could be full-time or part-time work for students looking to enhance their working experience or earn money to support studying.

Get involved in student activities: Develop leadership and organizing skills by getting involved in student events, activities, projects and government.

Work shadowing: Observation of a member of staff working in an organization for one or several days, so you gain an understanding of what a particular job is made of.

Internships: A phrase used by a wide range of organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, to describe placements undertaken after graduation or during vacations. The internship provides work experience invaluable for entry into that sector.