Amy Brennan

Management Trainee
Carton House Hotel
Hospitality, sport, leisure and tourism
German and Sociology

I graduated from Maynooth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Sociology in 2013. Although my degree would look as though it has no benefit to what I am doing at the moment, it has helped in many ways. I still use German regularly; many of our corporate guests come from Germany so this gives me a chance to practice my language skills. Sociology fits into many fields, it has taught me to analyse data such as statistics and to record data such as guest feedback. It has also allowed me to understand and work with people from all backgrounds. Studying a degree at Maynooth allowed me to learn how to manage my time while working and studying which is extremely important for me at the moment.

What are the key skills/knowledge you use in your current role?
I use a range of skills/ knowledge on a daily basis in my role. For instance communication and organisational skills are extremely important. Because hospitality is a fast paced environment you need good time management skills and a good system for recording day to day meetings or tasks. Computer/telephone/ inter-personal skills are used daily. Every day you will use a range of these for taking reservations, checking someone into the hotel or dealing with an event enquiry.

(Submitted August 2014)