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Work hard, it is important to have a good work ethic and to always be open to facing new challenges. An open mind is very important as the financial services industry is one that has undergone and will continue to undergo many changes. An appetite for learning is also very important as the need to broaden ones knowledge is paramount.
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A Graduate's Life Changing Experience

Staff from MI recently caught up with a graduate of the Tourism and Teleservices programmes from the early years – Martin Davis, who is currently Manager of the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney. Martin outlines his career path below:

When I turned 40, I decided I wanted to turn my life around. I was stuck in a boring job with no prospects. I had left school at 15 with no qualifications, so I was delighted to be accepted to do a Travel and Tourism course at MIFET. The course include computer studies, communications, language and more. We did work placements and various projects/assignments.

Overall, it was a very positive experience for me. In September 1997, I then went on to do another course in International Teleservices at the college, studying German with Business, which included a 17 week work placement abroad.

I worked in a hotel in the Black Forest area of Germany. This was so successful that they offered me a permanent position when the course was finished and I was employed there for 10 years, until it closed. I later returned to Monaghan and worked at Castle Leslie, and then moved on to the Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh, where I became Duty Manager, and had the privilege of meeting the Heads of State of a number of counties during the G8 summit in 2013.

I have also worked with Neven Maguire. At present I am employed as Manager of The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney. I feel that my varied career in the Hospitality/Tourism industry is all thanks to the training and confidence I acquired during my time at MIFET (Monaghan Institute).

For further information on the Tourism/Business courses on offer at Monaghan Institute visit our website @ www.monaghaninstitute.ie or telephone the college on 047-84900.


Article by: Monaghan Institute