How a temporary Christmas job at M&B kickstarted Kayleigh’s career in hospitality

How a temporary Christmas job at M&B kickstarted Kayleigh’s career in hospitality

Amandeep Chahal our consultant managing the role
Date posted: 08/11/2022

Temporary Christmas jobs are a great way to get your foot in the door and make that extra cash for those Christmas parties and gifts for your loved ones.

And the benefits don’t stop there! Temporary Christmas jobs are a great way to gain work experience and skills in a new role without the pressure of commitment. Whether you’re applying for a bar, waiting or chef role you may discover a hidden passion that you never knew existed!

Every year we welcome new team members to support our teams during the busiest and most exciting time of the year! One of those individuals is Kayleigh. Kayleigh joined M&B in 2011 as a Christmas temp and has now been with us for 12 years!

We spoke to Kayleigh, who now works as a recruitment manager in our head office, to find out more about her experience as a Christmas temp with M&B and how this kickstarted her career in hospitality.

Name: Kayleigh Kelly

Role: Retail Recruitment Manager

When did you join M&B as a Christmas temp and why?

I joined M&B in December 2010 at my local Premium Country Pub, The Bell in Belbroughton. I heard they were looking for temporary seasonal staff. I had a bit of experience and was looking for some extra work over Christmas. I made lots of friends at the business, some I am still in touch with now. I didn’t want to leave in January but luckily, they asked me to stay on!

What has your journey at M&B been like?

It has been amazing; I have been here for 12 years now and I cannot imagine working anywhere else. I have had the opportunity to develop and progress into several different roles and departments, both retail and corporate. I have loved travelling all over the UK visiting our beautiful businesses. A lot of my best friends work for M&B too, I have even met my husband working here!

How has M&B encouraged you to develop?

I have been fortunate enough to have some fantastic line managers over the years who have spent time investing in me and my development. I have also made great use of the courses online and am currently working on my level 5 HR qualification.

What advice would you give to someone considering a Christmas temp role at M&B?

Absolutely go for it! Have a laugh with your new friends, be part of making somebody’s Christmas amazing, use your 33% discount to take your loved ones out and if you still love it in January, ask your manager about what is next for you and your career.

What is your favourite Christmas memory at M&B?

I have so many! From putting the huge tree up and decorating it with my colleagues, hilarious secret Santa exchanges, helping out on pot-wash when it was busy and joining in on peoples Christmas parties. I also used to love working New Year’s Eve and singing along with the DJ!

Unwrap our Christmas temp jobs at M&B

Are you wanting to pick up a few extra shifts over the Christmas period, or are you simply looking to make some extra cash to purchase those gifts for family and friends? Then a Christmas temp job at M&B might be exactly what you are looking for!

Take your pick! Check out our Christmas jobs and rock around the Christmas tree with us this year.

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