Jojean Porte Ebba – 1999 Graduate
Human Resources Manager
Five Star Hotel – The Connaught in London
I am one of those fortunate individuals who was given the opportunity to study in Punlaan School where my hospitality knowledge and experience all started. It is where I developed my self-esteem and motivation to pursue my career.
After graduation, I was given a fantastic opportunity to join Sofitel Hotel grand Boulevard Manila in the Food and Beverage Department for one year. I moved to Mabini Mansion Hotel and worked in the Front Office Department for 2 years. The break came when my Training Officer invited me to be part of the pre-opening team of the Kanuhura Hotel Maldives, a five-star luxury hotel. It was not easy in the beginning and I have experienced challenging situations from being homesick to adapting a multi-cultural environment. However, I told myself that if I want to succeed and reach my goal then I must persevere and learn to develop my skills and knowledge. I requested for unpaid cross training outside my working hours in the Human Resources and Training Department as I thought I could perhaps be a trainer one day. This hard work paid off as I became a Human Resources Officer of the Hotel. This was the beginning of my enjoyable and rewarding Human Resources Career in the Hospitality Industry from Maldives, to Seychelles and now in London. I am currently working as Human Resources Manager in one of the most iconic Five Star Hotel – The Connaught in London.