Sales Director on the fast-track to General Manager
After a flourishing 10 years at InterContinental Adelaide, Christine Rentis found her niche as Director of Sales, having gained a suite of skills and experiences in diverse roles within the hotel. A career strategy to experience the hotel from the ground up has paid off for this talented young woman on the path to becoming General Manager.
“I’m really happy I went to Le Cordon Bleu for my hospitality business degree and not a university because the subjects are short, you learn everything you need in a practical sense, the full time study keeps you really busy which prepares you for the real world of work. When you go to university, you have a lot of time off and it’s very different to being in a real workplace.”
Christine first heard about Le Cordon Bleu in Year 12 at Immanuel College. Event management stood out as a career option, and she felt that a Le Cordon Bleu business degree ticked all the boxes. After winning a $30k scholarship toward a Bachelor of Business (International Hotel Management) at Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide, Christine started living her hospitality dream.
The Le Cordon Bleu business degree is industry-specific which is why I chose it, after looking at the subjects my parents felt the practicality of the subjects would really benefit my future career.
A Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement at luxury Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island was an opportunity to mature professionally and personally. Recalling the experience as “challenging and rewarding” she says “the resort gave me an experience of what true luxury was, Le Cordon Bleu industry placements offer real life experienceswhich is something a lecturer can’t give you.”
Her second industry placement at Hyatt Regency Hotel (shortly changing Brand to InterContinental) was the beginning of an impressive ten-year career with the group. Starting as a Butler in Club Lounge, within a few months she was promoted to Club Lounge Supervisor managing a team of 8, caring for VIPs and executive guests, saying: “I like variety which is why I chose hospitality, every day is different, and you’re always on the go.”
Supervisors in the InterContinental Hotel are encouraged to work in all the departments, giving Christine the opportunity to experience the restaurant, front office, and guest reservations before her definitive move into sales. Having fulfilled her career strategy to learn all the functions of the hotel, Christine is thrilled with her promotion to Director of Sales, and is one step closer to General Manager.
With her close Greek family living in Adelaide, Christine has no desire to move interstate, predicting that huge industry growth is on the way, with a number of prestigious hotels expanding into the Adelaide CBD.
Grateful for a supportive workplace at InterContinental Adelaide, Christine would love to see more females in hotel management. The challenge of being a young woman in leadership has taught her invaluable skills such as how to interact with older executives and hold her own in a meeting.
There is no doubt that this talented young woman will continue to stand out in industry as a Le Cordon Bleu alumna committed to excellence.
Le Cordon Bleu helps you mature and grow into a fully rounded individual, ready to take your place in the hospitality industry where every day is different.
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