On November 3rd, The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (HTSI) hosted the 6th edition of the Professional Talent Forum, where prestigious companies from the tourist and hospitality sector recruit talent among the students of the Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management and from the Master Degree Programs.
The Professional Talent Forum is a meeting place between the tourism and hospitality industry and HTSI students to capture talent for their internships both nationally and internationally.
This year the companies participating in the Professional Talent Forum were: Hotel Cotton House; Atlanta Travel & Corporate Events; Ferrer & Saret Travel; Crowne Plaza Barcelona; Expo Hotels & Resorts; Hotel Arts Barcelona; Expedia; Derby Hotels Collection; W Barcelona; One Ocean Port Vell; AC Victoria Suites by Marriott; Hotusa Group; Hyatt (Germany and Austria); Marriot International; Adare Manor Hotel (The Leading Hotels of the World).
For many companies, such forums are their main channel for recruitment. In this sense, Jordi Sala, Director of Human Resources at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, points out that “about 35% of the hotel’s incorporations come from universities.” Each year about 200 students go for their internships. This year, the Professional Talent Forum at HTSI has highlighted a greater level of internationalization that according to Daniela Freund, associate Dean for Corporate and International Relations, is because companies “value the international committed profile of our students. We have opened the forum to leading companies worldwide that come from Germany, Britain and the United States. “
For Andreu Canals, General Manager of the Cotton House Hotel, “what we are looking for is the attitude of the students, who already have a great technical background, but we want them to feel like learning.” Regarding the evolution and selection of talent, our country recognizes that the sector has evolved a lot “reputation, revenue management, marketing, and social networks have professionalized the sector a lot¨.
Pablo Mena, Recruitment Executive of the Hotel W Barcelona, highlights that in regards to the competences, they are looking for “resilience, a positive and dynamic attitude, vocation and commitment. From there we give them the training they need; we explain the standards and procedures. “Mena recalls that this forum “gave us very good results last year for the interest and the number of people we incorporated. We can meet all the students who ask questions, explain how we work, what opportunities there are and manage expectations. By next February there will be 10 vacancies in all hotel departments, and we would like to cover them here. “
Jordi Ferrer, CEO of Ferrer & Saret Viajes, tailor-made luxury travel consultancy, stresses the importance of these types of forums to attract talent, stating that “we differentiate ourselves because we are looking for not only technical profiles, since the world of travel is emotional. That’s why we are looking for people who know how to deal with the customer. “
During the first part of the day, participating companies made corporate presentations to the university students presenting the characteristics of each of the companies and the career development plans, starting with internships.
Later, the students were able to meet with the companies in an open forum where they could hold personal interviews with the Human Resources managers of the different companies to speak about their future training in the company.
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