Trainee Management Placement

At the end of Year 4, students commence a trainee management work placement for at least nine months until graduation (normally a 12–18 month contract). International hotel companies and properties visit Shannon College to recruit students onto management development programmes and as direct hires in properties around the world. After nine months, students complete a Viva Voce examination before graduating.

How long is the placement?

At least 9 months until graduation (normally a 12 – 18 month contract)

What will I do on placement? 

The mandatory Trainee Management Placement is the culmination of four years of study, training and development. Students are ready for supervisory roles and to grow into managerial roles. Some hotels recruit students as direct hires for one specific role in a property. While other hotels offer structured management development programmes designed to elevate students to roles of responsibility. Some programmes are specialised in a particular hotel department (e.g. Front Office or Food and Beverage) while other programmes are more general.

Where will I be placed?

Current students are placed in properties in Ireland, the UK, Dubai (and other UAE locations), the US and Asia. The dynamic growth of the global hotel industry presents great opportunities and placement partners are continuously recruiting students for new and dynamic locations, such as China and South East Asia.

How will I be placed?

Leading hotel companies and properties visit Shannon College to recruit final year students onto their trainee management and similar programmes or as direct hires. It is an exciting process for the students as every placement hotel is unique and the opportunities can vary significantly in terms of location, type of property, role, progression, length of contract and salary. Students are assisted by the placement office to decide which career path and roles to pursue. The placement office co-ordinates the hotel visits, applications and interview process. Shannon College has a 100% success rate in placing students.


Olivia Campbell |   Lounge Manager, Sofitel St. James, London

I am now 2 years in London since graduating, and it’s been an amazing experience. I have had the opportunity to continue my management studies with the world-famous 5-star luxury hotel group 'The Mandarin Oriental' Hyde Park London. I took up their Food & Beverage Management Training Programme which led me to have the opportunity to join the Jumeirah hotel group for their exciting pre-opening and then part of the opening team for their new flag ship property in London. I have since been recruited as Lounge Manager at The Stunning Rose Lounge in The Sofitel hotel St. James. My adventures continue and I am so excited to see where this journey takes me.
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