Matthew, who’s from Essex, completed his BA Events Management in August 2020, just as the hospitality industry started to open up after the UK’s first national Covid-19 lockdown.
Despite the hospitality sector feeling the full force of the pandemic, Matthew secured a Graduate Manager/Training Hotel Manager role at Haycock Manor Hotel, renowned as one of the best hotels in Cambridgeshire.
“I am on a bespoke training plan that requires me to work in different departments and gather an understanding of how they are managed at a head of department level and into operations,” he said.
Working in a hotel much larger than Wivenhoe House Hotel has brought challenges but Matthew credits his Edge experience with preparing him for the role: “Edge gave me a great opportunity to gain knowledge of different areas and management styles which meant I could quickly gain an understanding and idea of how they work and what they expect at Haycock Manor.”
“I am working with a great new team with a huge amount of experience from across the globe and that gives me a huge opportunity to learn and develop,” he added.
It gives Matthew the opportunity to work in a sector that’s always appealed: “I have always wanted to get into hospitality as I enjoy the varied days and being a part of guests’ special experiences,” he said.