Matt Aston

Trainee Manager at the Celtic Manor Resort

What I do

An incredible 550 people applied for the role as a trainee manager and I was one of only 23 people invited to an interview day, despite the fact that the job advert had specified that university graduates only should apply and I was just finishing college. As a trainee manager, I spend about one to two months learning each aspect of the departments I go into. It’s very challenging moving so quickly from one thing to another, especially when the departments are so diverse; from food and drink to accounts, golf, events, front desk and conferencing and banqueting. It’s full on, you’re always on call even when you’re not working but I love it. I got the chance to work at the Welsh Open and supported the successful running of the NATO Summit in front of the world’s media. My dream now is to become a director of golf one day, whether that’s at Celtic Manor or one of the other big courses. Who knows, I might even have time to play a bit more golf then?!

How Hartpury helped to get me there

My experience of balancing the demands of competing at the top level in my sport with a full academic programme at Hartpury really stood me in good stead for my current job. Coming to Hartpury was the best decision I ever made. I loved the fact that in the elite environment at Hartpury, I always had professionals like Richard King (golf programme manager) who kept me motivated on my goals and could always answer any question I had about my game. The programme also gave me skills and experience that are relevant to the job I’m in now. From studying and playing in an elite sport environment to gaining sports coaching experience and studying modules in sports business; everything I’m doing now in my job, I can link back to what I learned at Hartpury. It really helped me to understand the challenges and opportunities facing a business of this size.