Hear from our current students and alumni to see how they are progressing...
Megan O’mahoney studied Travel and Tourism at Eastleigh College back in 2010. What began as a keen interest developed into a strong passion for the sector over the duration of her course at the College and prompted her to pursue a career in the industry. Recently Megan reached out to her original lecturer, Michelle Thornton, to offer a visit to the College and to share her story with Michelle’s current learners.
Megan says: “The past three years at British Airways have flown by and I am looking forward to progressing further within the organisation.”
Since leaving Eastleigh College in 2007, with BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 certificates in Hospitality and Catering under his belt, Matthew Whitfield’s career has gone from strength to strength. From the quaint Cornish coastline to the multilingual metropolis of Brussels, Belgium, to the vibrant ambience of New York City, Matthew’s culinary pursuits have allowed him to travel the world and experience dynamic food cultures across different continents. Now he is happily employed as the Head Chef of The Montagu Arms Hotel, where he manages a team of fourteen and oversees daily food service to a capacity of sixty guests.
Matthew says: "If you have a passion for cooking, studying catering at college is one of the best decisions you can make. Throw yourself into it but look after yourself – and stay humble. Staying humble is the most important advice I can give; do that and you will excel.”
Ewan White always had an ambition to be involved in the art industry, but it wasn’t until his time at Eastleigh College that he realised the specific profession he wanted to pursue: Illustration. Less than four years after completing his course at Eastleigh, he has produced illustrations for some of the world’s most read publications including The Financial Times, The Economist and Politico EU, as well as popular foreign-language magazines like The Post Internazionale. With his portfolio continuing to grow week by week, it is an exciting time of career growth for the 23-year-old.
Lead Quote: “My year at Eastleigh College was one of the best times I’ve ever had creating art. When I graduated from the College, I remember thinking that I wish I’d started there when I was younger and that still rings true today. I encourage anyone on the fence to absolutely go for it!”