A Seychellois student who has just completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies and International Hotel Management at the Shannon College of Hotel Management has done Seychelles proud.
Shylla Auguste emerged as the overall best academic performer at this year’s graduation ceremony of the Shannon College, which is a recognised college of the National University of Ireland.
Ms Auguste was among 12 Seychellois ladies to graduate at the ceremony, which took place on Thursday 8th March 2018, on the International Women’s Day.
The Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune, the Principal of STA, Flavien Joubert, and the Chief Executive of the Agency for National Human Resource Development (ANHRD), Nadia Lauricourt, were present at the graduation ceremony.
The delegation was in Ireland to discuss future cooperation between STA and the Shannon College, now that the two institutions are commemoration 10 years of partnership.
PS Lafortune said Ms Auguste has done herself, the country, her family and the Seychelles Tourism Academy proud through this achievement.
Shylla Auguste, 26, from Morne Blanc, said she always wanted a career in tourism and decided to take up the challenge after she was encouraged by a family member to join the hotel management course.
Ms Auguste said: “Tourism is the main pillar of the Seychelles’ economy so there are endless opportunities for career development. The Seychelles Tourism Academy in partnership with the Shannon College of Hotel Management has an extensive programme in place for students to acquire both technical skills and academic knowledge, followed by hotel exposure, both nationally and internationally.”
Ms Auguste said it is an honour to have emerged as the overall best academic performer out of 71 students from various countries in her cohort.
“The greatest achievement is to have been able to make myself, my family and my country proud despite the challenges and having to adapt to a new surrounding away from home. However, this achievement would not have been possible without the support of my family, friends and lecturers, from both Shannon College and the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Despite the challenges, the journey has been extremely rewarding and will surely help to shape me into the manager I want to be someday,” she added.
Currently undergoing her internship in Ireland until December, Ms Auguste is looking forward to pursue a career in the hospitality industry upon her return to Seychelles.
“I want to make a successful contribution in my position preferably in the front office department. Once I have gained sufficient experience, I would like to aim for greater challenges in my career and contribute towards the vision of having more young Seychellois managers working in our hotels,” she said.
It is the third time in 10 years that a Seychellois student has emerged as the overall best academic performer after completing the Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies and International Hotel Management at the Shannon College.
Rose-May Lavigne and Medna Latulipe achieved the same feat in 2013 and 2016, respectively.