In part 3 of Rita Apaloo’s article about her visit to UDS, she mentioned how another student, Gabriel Zargo, found jobs for two hotel management students. Solomon K. Manjoe is one of those students.
Solomon is 24 years old and graduated on April 13, 2019, with Diplomas in Computers and Hotel Management. He was hired as a non-contracted employee about a week before he graduated. I interviewed him on Messenger on July 12 to see how work was going for the first 90 days.
Heather: Are you ready to share how your job is going?
Solomon: I am getting very interested and comfortable with my job. The beginning was very hard because I never had much experience, but now am serving as a night auditor.
Heather: Are they paying you?
Solomon: Yes. They are paying me but am not really happy with what they are giving me. However, to be real I am getting a lot of experience.
Heather: Did your courses at UDS help with learning this job?
Solomon: Yes, everything I am doing at work is what I got from my study at UDS.
Heather: What are your future hopes in this career?
Solomon: My future hope is to become a manager of one of the best hotels in our Liberia.
Heather: What was your educational background before UDS?
Solomon: I’m a high school graduate. I went to college for two semesters for a computer programming degree and drop out because I couldn’t afford it.
Heather: Has UDS prepared you to meet your future goals?
Solomon: So true, I strongly believe that we from UDS are very qualified and we can do better from what I experienced.
Solomon works a foreign-owned guest house about 10 minutes from our center. Although they have not offered him a permanent employment contract, he is able to support his family for now.
Thank you for giving Solomon the chance to learn two trades in our center and start his career in hotel management!