Buxton is Your Passport toWorld of Work
Date posted: 4 March 2014
A degree from the University of Derby Buxton became a passport for an Italian student to gain a dream job in Switzerland.
Daniela Cassini, who graduated in 2009, is the Admissions Officer for Ehl - the Ecole Hotelier in Lausanne, which trains the hotel professionals of the future.
Daniela spoke about the role the University played in her own career at an Industry Networking Day which saw 43 blue chip firms from the worlds of hotel, catering, events management, spa and sport meet in Buxton to keep academics up to speed with industry requirements.
"If I hadn't come here to Buxton, I wouldn't have ended up in Switzerland," said Daniela, whose mum is from Derby and Dad is Italian.
She wanted to convert her experience in administration into management skills, and her Travel and Tourism with Events Management degree provided the kind of real-world knowledge and experience which has seen the University of Derby Buxton top the UK league for graduates gaining work within six months of receiving their degrees.
"It made me able to put together projects covering everything from crowd management, public relations, human resources - and things that I hadn't seen before - together," said Daniela, who especially valued a work placement in Austria.
"Now, they can put me in front of 200 people and I wouldn't be terrified because I'd done it here at Buxton. It's not just a case of regurgitating facts - I had experience."
Experts at the event came from firms ranging from the luxurious Six Senses Spa in Qatar to Woodland Survival. Daniela also gave insider tips to students on their careers at the event.
For more details of how your business could benefit from student placements, contact Ben Offord, Work Placement and Employability Officer at B.Offord@derby.ac.uk, 01332 594303.