From RIT Croatia to Ritz Carlton Georgetown – greetings from our Alum Matia Simon Červar


June 4, 2019

The moments when our Alumni look back and remember us with pride on their way to success are deeply cherished and appreciated here at RIT Croatia. They mean a great deal. They are a solid proof of the bond that is created for a lifetime.

One of those moments happened when our Alum Matia Simon Červar, who graduated from the Hospitality and Tourism Management program in 2018, reached out to us just to say "hi” and to let us know where he is at now. Matia, originally from Novigrad in Croatia, had a clear goal when deciding he wants to study at RIT Croatia’s Dubrovnik campus. He wanted to make the best out of what our program has to offer academically, but he especially wanted to explore the possibilities of going to the US to gain work experience. That is why he spent one year during his studies working at the Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, USA at the internship he landed through RIT Croatia’s Career Services office.

After he graduated, Matia knew he wanted to go back to US, and after screening his options he ended up at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown in Washington, DC where he currently goes through the Food & Beverage Supervisor Traineeship.

"Ritz Carlton welcomed me with open arms as well as with the highest professional standards. The team members are fantastic and I’ve learned a great deal solely from attending the Orientation day, where we learned about the philosophy of Ritz Carlton, which is famous for its supreme service approach. I am looking forward to spending a year learning firsthand what is takes to be a top professional in such a renowned establishment. The city is amazing and tailored for young people; I also have a lot of benefits of being a part of the Marriott group”.

When asked about the impact RIT Croatia had on his path to realizing his dreams, Matia had no hesitation in answering. "The knowledge gained at RIT Croatia and the US degree immensely contributed to me becoming a part of Ritz Carlton. I still remember to this day how I researched the philosophy of Ritz Carlton at classes taught by professor Milena Kužnin, and I can safely say that the hands on approach that we’ve had at RIT Croatia had a big impact on how I performed at the interview for this traineeship” said Matia.

We congratulate Matia on realizing his ambitions and we invite all of our Alumni around the world to share their experiences with us as we are always happy to stay in contact:) 

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