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Shangri-La welcomes two USP interns

Two Tourism students of the University of the South Pacific (USP) recently joined Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort team as part of a year-long internship programme. The internship is a second year
27 Feb 2016 19:53
Shangri-La welcomes two USP interns
Dylan Wang (left) with Samu Draubitu at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa

Two Tourism students of the University of the South Pacific (USP) recently joined Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort team as part of a year-long internship programme.

The internship is a second year requirement for the USP Tourism Hospitality degree programme.

The two students, 20-year-old Dylan Wang and 21-year-old Samu Draubitu are based at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa and are currently undergoing cross exposure in various operational departments.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa general manager, Craig Powell, said: “We identified these two students via the USP Careers Fair which we host annually.

“It is also a great opportunity for us to assess suitable candidates for our Corporate Trainee programme.

“We hope to find potential future managers from this stream and it allows us to cast a wider net in terms of recruitment.”

The year-long attachment is a stepping stone to the Shangri-La Corporate Trainee programme that allows new graduates to forge a career path in the company establishing a solid foundation for career advancement.

The 18-month long programme is a rigorous and accelerated introduction to hotel management placing candidates in various departments to allow them cross exposure in a number of roles both operational and non-operational.

The programme facilitates training at the Shangri-La Academy in Beijing.

Both students aspire to work in the tourism industry and as Mr Draubitu says fulfilling a dream later of establishing a community-based tourism business.

This Wailolia native from Wainibuka in Tailevu says growing up in the village inspired him to study tourism.

“My dream is to one day set up my own eco lodge in the village and my goal right now is to learn as much as I can and being based at the Shangri-La has been an eye opener for me,” Mr Draubitu said.

Mr Draubitu was exposed to tourism at an early age in the idyllic rural setting where he grew up, as tourists would do day trips the caves located in his district, and he has seen the benefits.

He is currently attached with the stewarding department and has aspirations to work in the rooms division and Dylan is working in the housekeeping department.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa has been facilitating the internship programme for three years and previously recruited directly from the University for its Corporate Trainee programme.

Source: Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and spa

 

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