I am originally from Nepal, a beautiful country with a rich history and heritage. There is great potential for both leisure tourism and religious tourism there. In fact tourism is the main income sources of foreign currency.

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal 


About You

I have had a deep interest in working in the field of tourism and hospitality. I enjoy meeting people from all around the world, and gaining knowledge about different cultures, foods and lifestyles. I also enjoy the fast pace this rapidly growing industry offers: no matter what happens people need to travel, they need to eat and enjoy. That’s why I chose the field of hospitality.

Literature is my background as I did my higher studies in Major English and Cultural Tourism back home, and I used to work as an educational counsellor for Edinburgh Telford College in Nepal. I was counselling students who wanted to go abroad for further studies. I also tried my luck and apply for the same course (Hospitality Management at Telford College) and so got the opportunity to come to Scotland and explore it for myself.

Scottish qualifications are well known all over the world. After working for few years in my country I had realised that formal qualification and professional knowledge and skills are essential for professional development and to achieve my long term goal i.e., to become a manager of a highly successful hospitality business or to own my own business.

I decided to start my hospitality education at Edinburgh College in September 2010.I enrolled on an HND Hospitality Management course with a second year internship placement. I completed my internship year at Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, one of the famous five star hotels in Edinburgh. Next, I completed an HND at Perth College, UHI and joined QMU after completing this HND. Having completed my honours degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at QMU, I am studying for my MBA Hospitality here.


"The lecturers and the colleagues are very supportive."
Lajana Ranjitkar

The Course

As a hospitality student, I started my work in hotel industry in Edinburgh in 2010 in the Hotel Sheraton, working for six months. That was my first experience in the industry however I have had training in my country too. I implemented my theoretical knowledge from college and practical knowledge from training. I gained three and a half years of work experience in Hotel Missoni in various positions and I am working The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh.

The course I am undertaking has been incredibly supportive in terms of developing my career. QMU as an institution is the best place to gain knowledge. The lecturers and the colleagues are very supportive.

If you want to secure your position in the hospitality industry you need to grab the opportunities that comes to you but a very important part is getting the degree. Having the degree qualification helps to uplift your career.


Story published 2016-2017


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