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DeanTeam Leader-EventsDean was referred to Galvin’s Choice by his university tutor as a promising opportunity to pursue a career in hospitality. His family also supported him as he was welcomed into the program.
Dean’s introduction to Hyatt began with a one-month work experience in October 2014. During this time, he was able to explore the various departments. After his experience, he was offered a position with Hyatt Regency Churchill and worked in this capacity for eight months. In August 2015, he became a full-time employee as a waiter and was then promoted in November 2016 to Team Leader in Events.
“Working at Hyatt Regency London- The Churchill feels like being surrounded by family all day. I have the privilege to work with a fantastic team, and the people I have met along the way were always supportive and very respectful. I created a very strong bond with the people here, and I have always enjoyed being a Hyatt colleague.”
EmaniFront DeskBefore enrolling in the hospitality training program at Goodwill Greater Washington, Emani heard about the program while she was a student at the Latin American Youth Center. Emani and her cousin decided to give it a chance and ended up graduating together.
Goodwill was not her first job training program. She previously spent six months in a curriculum that would teach both formal classroom-based learning and experiential skills-based training sessions. After she joined Goodwill’s hospitality program, she immediately noticed the difference in the way the programs were administered. Goodwill’s program emphasized experiential learning and making authentic job connections. Their teachers and coaches took an individualized and personal approach to their training and stressed the importance of effective communication.
hrough Goodwill’s partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Association and Hyatt, Emani had an opportunity to explore various roles, career paths, and inner workings of the hospitality industry. She found herself attracted to roles that would allow her to utilize her passion for engaging with people, especially through customer-facing roles. Everyone in the program had an opportunity to shadow at two different hotels to gain real-life work experience. This aspect of the training was incredibly engaging and helped her figure out where she wanted to start my career in hospitality.
As part of the job shadowing experience, Emani spent a week at Hyatt House Washington DC / The Wharf, where she worked alongside front desk agents. She experienced firsthand how essential teamwork and communication are in servicing hotel guests. On her last day of shadowing, her supervisor shared that he was also a graduate of the Latin American Youth Center and has since progressed to his current management role. This interaction inspired Emani to pursue a career with Hyatt.
RiseHY - Inviting Youth to Reach Higher with HyattAt Hyatt, we’re passionate about people and opening doors to new opportunities. True to our company’s purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – we have worked with community-based organizations around the world for decades to help young people rise to their full potential. Now, we’re taking a bigger step: With RiseHY, Hyatt hotels are making a commitment to hire 10,000 Opportunity Youth by 2025.
Everyone mattersWith more than 100,000 colleagues across 54 countries, we embrace all cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Our culture is one that empowers every individual to be his or her best, and such authentic connection inspires the way we care for each other and for our guests.