Sabrina Weber is the newest intern at the The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.
She joins under the Mentoring Cayman scheme, which is organised by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce. Launched in 2002, Mentoring Cayman is a youth development initiative to assist high achieving and motivated high school students to become the next generation of business and community leaders.
“When I was younger, I was fortunate to have a mentor who helped me to become a successful business leader,” said Angel Ho, director of finance at the resort. “I chose to become a mentor for the Mentoring Cayman programme so I could share the business wisdom I have gained with an enterprising, young Caymanian student.”
The programme matches each mentor and student based on gender and mutual interests, meeting one day per month for five months at the mentor’s place of work.
“The hopes I have by participating in Mentoring Cayman is to achieve a better understanding of which field I would like to pursue my education in,” Ms Weber. “I think the hospitality industry is extremely important no matter where you are in the world, and I am looking forward to learning more about it.”
The intern began her education at Christian Grace Academy, but after Hurricane Ivan hit in September 2004, Grace Academy was shut down. She then, she attended Cayman Prep for three years before returning to Grace Academy, where she will complete her secondary education. While focusing on her studies, Ms Weber has kept active in the community by involving herself in programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the Rotary Science Fair, the local swim team while also volunteering to help autistic children.
Throughout her time at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Ms Weber has had the opportunity to work in multiple departments to maximise her experience.
“I have found it so interesting to see how the different departments all depend on each other,” she said.
Ms Ho said the Marriott was proud to have the opportunity to open its doors and provide necessary practical experience to highly motivated and effective students.
“I feel very fortunate to have Sabrina as my mentee,” Ms Ho said. “I believe offering guidance at this critical point in her educational career could help set this special young lady on a rewarding professional path.”
Ms Weber has had good things to say about her experience and training.
“So far this training has been a very rewarding experience,” she said. “My mentor, Angel, has been very good in understanding that I do not yet know what I would like to pursue and we have been working together to try and determine which areas I would like to learn more about. I recommend that any youth should participate in this programme if given the opportunity.”