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When Marriot International came calling

Last year Marriott international recruited 3 candidates from Kenya for their Voyage Global Leadership Program. Two of these were our very own Liz Nina Wanjiku Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (2013) and Sauda Leloon Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (2012). They will undergo their training in Dubai and Doha respectively after which they will be able to take up supervisory or entry-level management positions. 


Lynn Wanjiku                                                Sauda Leloon


Marriott International, Inc. is a leading hospitality company with more than 3,800 properties, 19 brands like the Ritz Carlton and associates at more than 325,000 at managed and franchised properties around the world. It was founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.


The Program is a 24 month training that is carried out by the hotel giant for recent graduates in their respective fields of interest ranging from Revenue Management, Human Resource, Housekeeping and Room management. The training is normally undertaken in Doha, Qatar.


On Monday 5th February 2014, 10 students gathered in the Career Development Services office to wait for their chance to prove that they were suitable candidates for the program. Mr. Sayed Haggag, Director of Talent Acquisition, Middle East and Africa for Marriott International was here for the prescreening stage. The successful candidates would then proceed to the online application. The interview involved a group session followed by one on one interviews.


During the group session, Mr. Haggag encouraged the students not to give up since Marriott International has a lot to offer in terms of career opportunities. He also talked about the plans for the hotel to bring one of its prestigious brands to Kenya by the year 2015 thus the need to harness and train local talent.


This year, the company wants to fill only 45 positions in the continent which means that competition is tough for the applicants.


Apart from the Voyage program, Marriott International also offers internships and entry level positions. For more information on the program and Marriott International visit: http://www.marriott.com/careers/paths/entry-level-jobs/hospitality-training-programs.mi