I never thought I’d be where I am today, thanks to Amboseli institute.
It wasn’t my career choice to be a hotelier but after a brief talk with Mr Mwayonga – who happens to be my big brother – I was convinced.
1998, I was among the early management classes and by then Amboseli Institute was located at Chania Tourist Lodge. It was within a small environment with small classrooms, a small kitchen and restaurant. Students really enjoyed it and most classes were made of about 15 students or less.
Madam Jeniffer & Madam Hellen congratulations for the steps you have taken and the far you have come. The discipline you both instilled through Ms Ngaruiya and the rest of the team, helped people like me a lot.
All said, my first internship was at Icipe Duduville Nairobi for 4 months and it was a success. Back at the college, it grew in my mind that there is success at the end. I went to Serena Beach Hotel for the last internship and after 4 months I was asked to work as a casual and never went back to college until September to do my exams. I then went back to Serena as a casual labourer. That was in the year 2000.
Seasons went up and down and I was on and off at Serena. I decided to look for a small restaurant to move on. Madam Jeniffer and Madam Hellen were always there to assist. I did some restaurant jobs in Thika, Nairobi and Mombasa before I was called back to Serena for a contract job. I met rose who was also a student at Amboseli Institute. This opportunity opened my mind further. Being a Pioneer from Amboseli, many students came in for internships and later got job opportunities there. We had a small team of Amboseli students and it was fun. It’s at Serena Beach that I got the love of my life too. Thanks to God.
While at Serena, opportunities came from different places. It’s all about one’s performance and guests see how one behaves and carries out his or her duties. I later got a job at Seychelles as a butler at Fregate Private Island. I worked for 5years from a butler to a senior butler. Opportunities still came in and when Kempinski Seychelles Resort was opened, I got a job and I’m currently working at this property as an in room dinning supervisor.
Believe you will achieve the goal!
Kindly share this, it doesn’t matter where you are or coming from. Have a goal to achieve your dream.
I believe I will do more and grow my career even further.
Big thanks to the Amboseli fraternity.