Falkirk’s Rona gets a taste of luxury

Rona Macdonald (18) gained experience working in Gleneagles Hotel at Christmas 2014
Rona Macdonald (18) gained experience working in Gleneagles Hotel at Christmas 2014

Student Rona Macdonald spent the festive period at Gleneagles Hotel – but she was helping others enjoy the five star luxury.

Rather than enjoying Christmas with her family, the 18-year-old worked at the prestigious Perthshire hotel in a bid to pursue her dream career.

The former Bainsford Primary and Falkirk High pupil is in her first year of an HND in hospitality management at City of Glasgow College.

After a stiff interview process, she was given the opportunity to work in the Strathearn restaurant as a runner and a waitress offering silver service.

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

Rona said: “When I started working in the Strathearn restaurant, I was mainly running food from the kitchen to the waiters and waitresses at the stations, and at other times I was on the stations. I gained a lot of great experience.

“It was busier than anything I’ve experienced before. It was so good that I didn’t really miss Christmas too much.”

Now she would love to go back to Gleneagles and do her placement as part of her two-year college course.

Gordon McIntyre, the college’s head of hospitality, said: “We are delighted another group of our students have been able to showcase their talent and determination at one of the best hotels in Scotland. I am proud of their professionalism and think their decision to give up their festive celebrations demonstrates just how determined they are when it comes to pursuing a successful career in the hospitality industry.”