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Voyage Program: a great way to start your career in hospitality!

Voyage Program: a great way to start your career in hospitality!

Voyage is Marriott International’s elite, award-winning 12-18 month global leadership development program for recent graduates. During the program you experience hands-on, discipline-specific training and a leadership-focused curriculum. The program is not taught inside a classroom - instead you learn where everything happens: in the hotel! The Voyage program is offered in more than 50 countries and is available in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting & Finance, Culinary, Engineering, Event Operations, Food & Beverage Operations, Rooms Operations, among other disciplines.

By joining the program, you are joining many other Marriott associates who have been Voyagers before - it is a network of smart and passionate associates, who are there to support you throughout the program. You’ll learn across multiple disciplines and, through a hands-on approach, you will have exposure to various hotel functions. Each individual’s Voyage journey is unique, and depends on your career interests, passions, goals, and where you will be located.

If you are interested in becoming a Voyager, you must have graduated from a university or hotel school within the past year. Other qualifications include:

  • Bachelors degree* or equivalent higher level education required (Associates degree acceptable for Culinary)

  • Work authorization in the country you apply

*If you are still enrolled in a college/university with an expected graduation date within 12 months of the date of application, you may also be considered.

The application process varies by country, so I advise checking their website for more information and application steps. There, you will also find where Marriott is hosting recruiting events.  In my opinion, joining a recruiting event is one of the best ways to know more about the company. When I was interviewing for Marriott (not for the Voyage program, because it was already 6 years after my graduation), I attended multiple recruiting events and it was incredible to meet not only the recruiter but also other Marriott associates. I also recommend that you attend career fairs - networking is always a great idea!

If you are invited to interview, remember to practice the “Star” (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format and think about moments in which you displayed the skills required for the job and situations in which you put your leadership skills in practice. My recommendation is that you think about your your past experiences: what are some examples of situations in which you worked with teams, served your community, lead group projects, etc.  If you love working with people and developing relationships, I am sure it will be easy to think about great examples to share during your interview.

Last but not least, always ask questions to the the interviewer. When I am interviewing a candidate, I love answering the questions they might have - it could be about the position you are applying to, about one of Marriott’s 30 brands, about the culture, etc.

The number of Voyagers selected varies from year to year, but according to Marriott’s website, they anticipate hiring approximately 500-800 Voyagers annually around the world.

Do you have any questions about the program? Leave your comments below and I will do my best to answer.

I work for Marriott International and the opinions on this post are my own and do not reflect those of Marriott International.

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