Student gave up festive season with his family

David McVean
David McVean

An ambitious student from Milngavie is hoping that his decision to give up celebrating Christmas and New Year with his family was worth it.

Twenty-year-old David McVean, who is currently in his second year of studying HND Hospitality Management at City of Glasgow College, was given the opportunity to spend the festive period working at one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

He gave up precious time with his family during the festive season to work at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Perthshire, in the hope that it will help him pursue his dream career.

The former Douglas Academy pupil, said: “Working at Gleneagles over Christmas was an incredible experience as I was able to see for myself how a five star dining establishment operates during their busiest time of the year.

“I did various different jobs such as running food and working behind the bar but the thing I enjoyed most was meeting so many different people from all over the world and working alongside such talented hospitality professionals.”

David’s employment at Gleneagles came as the result of the college’s longstanding relationship with the luxury resort. The two organisations have been working together for several years, allowing students to gain invaluable experience working at many high-profile events including last year’s Ryder Cup.

David said: “I was lucky enough to work at Gleneagles during the Ryder Cup and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

“I’m so grateful to the lecturers at City of Glasgow College for arranging all these amazing opportunities for us as I feel like they have really given me a real insight into what working in the industry is really like.”

Gordon McIntyre, head ofhHospitality at City of Glasgow College, said: “We are delighted that another group of our students have been able to showcase their talent and determination at Gleneagles, one of the best hotels in Scotland.

“I am proud of their professionalism and think that their decision to give up their Christmas and New Year celebrations demonstrates just how determined they are when it comes to pursuing a successful career in the hospitality industry.”

Set within the gentle beauty of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, this five star Leading Hotel of the World is home to three championship golf courses, a sparkling, award-winning spa and an exhilarating array of outdoor activities.

Dining is an essential part of the Gleneagles experience.

Their menus are inspired by the pick of field, wood, river and sea, they are created by Scotland’s only holder of two Michelin stars, Andrew Fairlie.