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One Student's Journey to the Marriott Voyage - Global Leadership Development Program

JWU students does Sun Devils internship

Christen Keldo '18

New Britain, Connecticut

 

MAJOR

Culinary Arts & Food Service Management

Minor: Sommelier

 

 


Christen's Path

Internship

Christen began his path toward Marriott with a sophomore year internship at DeWolfe Tavern. While there he worked various stations including Garde' Manger, Pastry, Saute' Grill, and his favorite the charcoal heated tandoori oven. The contemporary Indian focused cuisine helped drive his curiosity and stretch and strengthen his skills bringing him out of his comfort zone.

He also gained valuable skills in communication and time management, was allowed to try new ideas and learn from them even when they weren't successful.  Christen's advice to students is to strive for consistency. 

 

Additional Work Experience

Following internship, Christen returned to his studies at JWU and began working at the Duck & Bunny where he was promoted to assistant kitchen manager under the leadership of Erik Anderson. 

" My internship dramatically influenced me in having the ability to train and work as an assistant kitchen manager and to pursue the Marriott Voyage program. "

When reaching out for permission, Duck & Bunny owner Daniel Becker stated that they are sorry to be losing CK, but are very proud and excited as he takes his next steps on his journey.

 

Applying to the Marriott Voyage Program

Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS) let Christen know about the opportunity to apply for the Marriott Voyage Program. He prepared with a career advisor practicing through mock interviews and understanding the interview process which included an assessment. Once chosen as a final candidate, he even consulted with family and friends in choosing just the right suit and business cards. His final interview consisted of a mystery basket. He worked calmly and with a clear mind as he competed for a job offer with Marriott. He got the offer! After accepting Marriott's offer, Christen returned to EE&CS to share the good news:

"My entire college experience at JWU including my internship and additional work experience helped to shape my journey and success to this point and I can't wait to utilize these skills in my future with Marriott!"


Utilize Career Services. The mock interview was very important to instilling confidence. They put me in touch with other JWU Voyage graduates and were available to answer my questions throughout the process. I hope more students realize how helpful EE&CS is after reading this. “

Want more? Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships to learn more about employers coming on-campus to recruit, the internship process, and the career advising available to assist you on your path to success.

Faculty Engagement in Career Events = Success

Chancellor John Bowen visits with Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis during the Food Service Hospitality Career Fair this fall on the Providence Campus.

Chancellor John Bowen visits with Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis during the Food Service Hospitality Career Fair this fall on the Providence Campus.

Experiential Education & Career Services hosted a full docket of career events this fall bringing students the opportunity to meet with, network with, apply for, and interview on-campus. This work wouldn't be possible without the support of our faculty and administration. 

A strategic collaboration with faculty and Experiential Education & Career Services ensured strong attendance by students. Hospitality faculty gave specific assignments to students to encourage participation and The College of Culinary Arts faculty provided guided tours to freshman who attended the career fair for the first time.

With more than 160 employers under one roof for the day, it was rewarding to see over 75 of them returning to campus as alumni employers to recruit JWU students.  David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis shared his thoughts on the success of the day with Chancellor Bowen:

I wanted to compliment the entire Johnson & Wales team for hosting a fantastic career day! We spoke to some of the best talent that the industry has yet to come...I personally look forward to working alongside several of them and calling them my colleague. Their success is my success!
— David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager, NY Marriott Marquis

We asked a student for her impressions of the day. Charlotte Brecher received her associates in baking & pastry arts and will graduate with her bachelor's in Food Service Management this spring. She has been to several career fairs during her time at JWU. Last Fall, she landed an internship at the career fair and spent the winter term at Bar Boulud in New York City.  She had the opportunity to return this summer and worked at both Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud.  She has kept in touch with her chef and had the opportunity to meet up with her during the career fair. Charlotte was excited to reconnect with Chef and illustrates a great example on the value of networking and staying connected beyond the internship experience.

I will be looking for a full-time job this summer after graduation and will definitely use Experiential Education & Career Services as a resource.
— Charlotte Brecher '18 Food Service Management
Students Charlotte Brecher and Hannah Sylvester pose for a selfie at the career fair with Chef TJ Delle Donne Assistant Dean, Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and Chef George O'Palenick Associate Professor.

Students Charlotte Brecher and Hannah Sylvester pose for a selfie at the career fair with Chef TJ Delle Donne Assistant Dean, Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and Chef George O'Palenick Associate Professor.


Visit Experiential Education & Career Services to find out more about internships, prepare for career events, resume critiques, mock interviews, and more.