Girvan student accelerates from classrooms to castles

Alistair McColm seen here setting a table ready for a busy service
Alistair McColm seen here setting a table ready for a busy service

The career of a former pupil from Ayrshire College has gone from strength to strength with the help of social media.

Alistair McColm, 19, from Girvan was approached by the owner of the prestigious restaurant The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye through LinkedIn.

The business focussed social network site allows users to upload their CV for employers to view.

Alistair already had an impressive employment history after working as a waiter and then a head waiter at Trump Turnberry for a number of years.

Alistair said: “I had seen that Shirley, the owner of the Three Chimneys had viewed my profile several times and then she contacted me via the site and offered me a job.”

Alistair had also been offered a job from Hilton, however he decided to take the position of chef de rang at The Three Chimneys instead.

He said: “I am very glad that I changed my mind and took the job on Skye instead.

“I loved my stay, learnt a great deal and the team I was working with were all fantastic.

“It was hard work and long hours but when everyone else is pulling their weight and enjoying their job it makes it a lot more enjoyable.”

While at The Three Chimneys Alistair’s job role included firstly setting up the restaurant from scratch for a three course lunch service.

He would then clear that away and reset for the evening where he was usually stationed at the kitchen table, an intimate dining experience in the kitchen where the guest is served an eight course menu.

While Alistair’s achievements so far are fantastic, he wouldn’t be where he is today had it not been for Ayrshire College where he very nearly didn’t get in.

He said: “At school I didn’t do very well in my exams so the college wasn’t going to give me a place. I’m not the kind of person to take no for an answer so I rang up the lecturer and managed to persuade him to let me in which is how I ended up doing the HND in hospitality management.”

Alistair is currently in his third year at the University of West Scotland studying business management and is juggling his studies alongside another impressive job.

He is now a trainee duty manager at the beautiful Glenapp Castle where he is now learning the skills necessary for a job in management.

Alistair said: “I am a very driven and career minded person so when I was approached by Glenapp I wanted to be learning new skills rather than doing a job I already know I can do.

“So far it is going really well, I don’t really have a typical student lifestyle out go out a lot going out a lot but I have to say I don’t really miss it, I would rather be working.”

Alistair has big plans for the future and is not content to sit still.

He said: “In June I am moving to London to begin on a management programme with D&D which I am really looking forward to.

“They give you experience in every section of the industry which I haven’t done before so I’m sure I will learn a lot during my time there.”