My Co-op Experience at Novotel North York

At the end of September I started my co-op experience at Novotel North York. I was very nervous as it was my first time ever being in a workplace setting. I've known I wanted to work in the hospitality industry since Grade 10 and I was hoping this opportunity would give me some insight as to what I could expect in the future. I'm really happy that I got this experience and learned about the operations of the hotel that I did not know before. I'm really lucky because I got to expereince working with Alex Nurse (Accounts Receivable/Payroll Administrator) and Alena Miatlushka and Jason Abirafeh (HR Managers). Below are some pictures of the hotel and my  co-op experience at Novotel.

This is a picture of one of the executive rooms in the hotel. I've visited all the different types of rooms: standard, executive, and superior. A lot of the rooms have been renovated recently and they look very nice and modern. The layout of the rooms make them look very spacious and the view from the balcony is also nice, especially as you go higher up. My favourite feature of the rooms are the lighting on the headboards which are a very nice touch and perfect for reading!

Setting up the Novotel booth. 

Alena, Joseph, and Me.

A few weeks after I started co-op at Novotel, my supervisor Alex Nurse (Accounts Receivable/Payroll Administrator) invited me to go with him, Alena Miatlushka (HR Manager) and Joseph Mercado (Food & Beverage Manager) to Humber College for their job fair. I had a really great time and I broke out of my shell a bit more as I talked to college students about Novotel and how to apply. Above are the job applications I created for the college students to complete. 

The picture above is my work area in the Sales and Administration office. This is
 where I sorted, organized, and filed audit packs and invoices, worked on commissions, spreadsheets, as well as sent faxes and made photocopies. 

I also worked in the HR office with the HR Manager (Alena Miatlushka and Jason Abirafeh) where I filed
 documents and certificates into employee folders. 

The Sales and Administartion team and I took a group picture together on my last day at Novotel 😔 
Left to right: Bridget, Violetta, Alla, Michael, Zorica, Me, Denisa, and Jason.

Lastly is a picture of Michael Singer (General Manager) and I. I received a certificate for
 my completion of 220 hours and a gift bag from my supervisor Alex and
 the rest of the team. 

I had a wonderful co-op experience at Novotel North York and I learned a lot whilst I was there. If co-op is available to you I highly recommend doing it as it really helps you to get an idea of what the workforce is like. Also, Novotel is a great place to do co-op if you are interested in the hospitality industry like myself. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post! It was a little different but I really wanted to share this expereince with you all. I hope you have a great day and a great week ahead. I'll see you soon with a new post!

love xena


  1. This is amazing Xee(!), and I am so happy that you enjoyed your co-op experience. Isn't doing some volunteer hours in your chosen career field a fun, educational and connecting experience?! 'Always a great idea for all fields of study. I especially loved that you got to create your own job application format for Novotel North York for college students at their job fair. Such an inspiring post. Sign me up for an executive room please? Love the lighting too. haha You made my day! Love you, xx Suzy

    1. Co-op is really fun when it's something you are interested in. Thanks Sue! Love you


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