Editor's Note: The University of Baguio deploys its Hotel & Restaurant Management and Tourism students in establishments in the country and abroad for its local and international on-the-job training program. For over five years, UB has deployed more than 200 trainees in more than three countries across Asia and America. In the following article, UB intern Maria Emmeren Andaya shares her experience training at the Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
Maria Emmeren with her supervisor Khun Tasaporn Sivawatanongse
“The value of any experience is measured, of course, not by the amount of money, but the amount of development we get out of it.” –Henry David Thoreau
I have learned a lot working as an intern at the Athenee Hotel, a five-star hotel located 9.5 kilometers from Bangkok.
The culture and the energy displayed by the associates made it always exciting to come to work every day and to learn more about this incredible industry.
I served as front office management trainee at the hotel. My work shift was from 7 AM until 5 PM. I worked at various areas of the Front Office Department such as Front Desk. I was also able to experience being part of the Concierge Team, worked at the Back of the House and worked with the Room Controller Team as well as served a receptionist at the Business Center.
I enjoyed the events organized by the company, such as the Associates’ Party, TripAdvisor Celebration, the annual MLive Food Market, and the birthday celebrations. These events gave me great opportunity to bond with my co-workers and superiors and allowed me to know them more.
It was such a fun experience working with my co-interns. More importantly, it was a learning experience to witness the different skill-sets everyone brought to the table. I learned from them and they learned from me.
With all the experiences I had and the people I worked with, my internship was more than I could have ever hoped for. I am thankful for the opportunity.
On-the-job training is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work, patience and perseverance. The best thing about it is that it prepares you for the real world. –Maria Emmeren Andaya
The MLive Food Market is one of the events regularly organized by the Athenee Hotel for its employees.
Photo booth at the MLive Food Market
Maria Emmeren wearing a traditional Thai dress during the ASEAN Summit 2019
Korea Town at Sukhumvit Plaza in Bangkok
Maria Emmeren Andaya is a graduating BS Tourism Management student of the University of Baguio.