Bright future ahead for new students at renowned college
WHEN the Shannon College of Hotel Management opened in 1951, its founder Brendan O'Regan was warned he would struggle to find jobs for 12 qualified hotel managers in Ireland.
Sixty years later, there are 2,000 graduates working across the world and the Co Clare college's reputation is such it claims each graduate is guaranteed a job.
Almost five years of study and work experience begins today for the 84 first-year students at the college.
Half of this year's class came from the Seychelles, China, Korea, the US and Europe to study due to the reputation the 400-student college has among the world's top hotels.
College director Philip Smyth was on hand to greet the new students as they arrived last Friday.
"The combination we have with work placements, where students earn, and the academic courses seems to attract them," he said.
Rachel Jameson graduated in 1993 and works as head of organisational development for The Doyle Collection, which owns The Westbury in Dublin. "I have never been out of work since I graduated," she said.