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Let's catch up with alumnus Oliver Schafer | 04 april 2017

Oliver Schafer (F-2015) visited HMSM to catch up and tell us about his new job.

Oliver, what is going to be your next step in hospitality?

I will be joining the Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove in the Seychelles as Assistant Front Office Manager.

Tell us about your new position and why you decided to take this step.
As AFOM I will be supporting the Front Office Manager in leading the Front Office department, including reception, guest relations, concierge and telephone operator. Having just finished in December my job as Duty Manager in Abu Dhabi, this position is the natural next step on this career path. Also, being a small island resort with only 68 rooms, its something different to experience!

What was your first career step and how has your time at HMSM prepared you for it?

After graduation I continued on my internship experience in the UAE with my previous position in Abu Dhabi. Especially the opportunity for work experience during the studies I would say has been invaluable. The chance to find out what you’re interested in on the job (and what you’re not!) as well as to start forming a professional network is of great help when making the first career step.

What do you still want to achieve?

While working in large chain hotels is great experience, I would love to have the opportunity to put more of my own identity into a business. With some ideas in mind, I am keeping my eyes open for the right time and place to open a place of my own.

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