“Took the Job to Tide Me Over

Emma Jenkins's Inspirational Journey

Career Path: Waitress (parents café) > Receptionist > Trainee Management > Front of House Manager > Human Resources

“No matter where you come from, only you will limit where you can go"

My Story: During my early working life a key theme was the food and beverage business, whether it was working in my parent’s cafe or glass collecting, the Hospitality Industry was something I was drawn to. I enjoyed the team from the social side after work, the laughs we had during our shift and, dare I say, even the banter with the chefs could be fun!
When I left my home, I was offered a position as a Receptionist within a chain of conference centres.  I hadn’t really thought about the hotel industry and so just took the job to “tide me over” until I found something better.  That something better was the Trainee Manager programme, swiftly followed by my first management role as a Front of House Manager.  I was hungry to learn and keen to “take over the world”. I now work as HR Director, It is a great role that has given me the opportunity to combine my learning from all of my previous roles.  It is an opportunity to really add value to a business and really make a difference. 
















Human Resource Director, Donnington Valley Hotel

“I love being part of this industry.  Where else can you eat in some of the best restaurants, stay in the best hotels and visit wonderful spas, all as part of your job."

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