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Hong Kong calling for international hospitality graduate

16 July 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Paulina Lukaszewska has landed a job with Swire Hotels  

International Hospitality Management graduate Paulina Lukaszewska.  

A new University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate is swapping Preston for Hong Kong after landing a highly sought after job with an international hotel chain.

International Hospitality Management student Paulina Lukaszewska has secured a graduate role with Swire Hotels and starts her 18-month International Operations Management Training Scheme at the beginning of September.

The 23 year-old, who originates from Poland but has lived in Preston for the past seven years, said: “I’m so excited, I’m really looking forward to it and cannot wait to get started. I’m hoping the job will help me become a department manager and then I can see where I want to go from there.”

 

"When I went to college and started studying business I became convinced that I wanted to work in business management so the two ideas combined and led me to get a degree in hospitality management.”

Paulina’s love for the hospitality industry came from a book she read while she was a teenager.

She said: “I can't remember the title or the author’s name but one of the main characters in that novel was a small B&B owner who had a lot of struggles but also seemed to have lots of fun and gained satisfaction from her business. I thought then that it could be something I would like to do in the future.

“By looking at hotels shown in movies and TV programmes I started to become more and more fascinated and at some point the idea of becoming a hotelier became bigger than the ones of being a teacher or psychologist. When I went to college and started studying business I became convinced that I wanted to work in business management so the two ideas combined and led me to get a degree in hospitality management.”

She worked at the International Legacy Hotel, in Marsh Lane, during her three years of study at UCLan.

 

“It's been a time of celebration. It was an event marking a great achievement in my life and I’m so happy I chose the course at UCLan. I loved the practical approach as well as the guest lectures and the study visits."

The former Preston College student was one of 4,000 students who graduated in front of family and friends at Preston’s Guild Hall this week.

She said: “It's been a time of celebration. It was an event marking a great achievement in my life and I’m so happy I chose the course at UCLan. I loved the practical approach as well as the guest lectures and the study visits. The biggest highlight for me was the placement year and the incredible international experience that just opened my mind, increased my confidence and just made me into a better person and professional.”