Ascent Graduate Journey

A Leadership Journey for New Graduates

You are someone courageous and adventurous. A pioneer in uncharted territories, you create footprints for others to follow. You set your own course and determine the path of your growth to achieve your goals. You are a leader who leads by example and are not afraid of putting in the hard yards. You do not step back in the face of adversity. Financially savvy, people friendly, with a strong business acumen, you are ready to ascend to a challenge that will stretch and shape you to be a future leader in our organisation. 

The Ascent Programme provides new hospitality management graduates with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and leadership skills with hands-on experience working in at least 2 different types of resorts during the eighteen-month programme. From the blue seas of the Maldives, to the yellow sands of the Middle East, to the silver skyscrapers of Asia, each experience is unique. You will be rotated in four key departments during the first six months of your training, including Operations, Finance, HR and Commercial (Sales & Marketing and Revenue Management), prior to specialising in your chosen field in your second placement.

In addition to learning about the business and operations of the resorts, you will also have the opportunity to make a difference through proposing projects that will be implemented to enhance the guest experience of the resort and the overall offerings of the brand.

You are not alone in this journey. Once with Minor Hotels, you belong to a large family of hospitality professionals locally and globally. You will have the support from our senior management team around the world – with an on-site coach at your assigned properties and an umbrella coach who you will be in touch with you virtually throughout your eighteen months.



Meet our current participants

Every year in April as new class of fresh graduates start their exciting Journey with Minor Hotels.

Learn more about their daily life, development and experiences and visit the

Ascent facebook page


Our 2018 Ascent starters




Our 2017 Ascent starters



Meet our 2017 graduates


  Ascent team

Nirob, Yumi, Vanessa, Son, Valentine, Wayne

 Find your answer here



Graduate Journey

  • Why Ascent

    Are you looking for a career and not just a job?  

    Do you want to be grown into a leader - learn the ropes from experts of the trade, have the opportunity to interact with accomplished individuals in the organization, gain valuable insight on our best management practices? More importantly, are you willing to grow as a person? Embrace the diversity of people, culture and country, and contributing back?

    The Ascent Graduate Journey can take you towards your professional and personal growth through a learning framework, whilst having the flexibility to customize the training plan to suit your development needs. You will have regular conversations with a coach to bounce ideas, share your experiences and ask for support where needed, along with the network of the other graduates on the same journey and the Ascent alumni. Ultimately, YOU choose your specialization to start your career and Grow with Us. 

    If you are passionate about looking after the customers, building partnership, developing people, being innovative, and achieving results, then you will enjoy being part of Minor Hotels’ team. We look forward to welcoming you.

  • Programme Journey

    How your journey will look like 

    When you decide to join the Ascent Graduate Journey Programme, these will be your key destinations:

    • Programme Orientation

      You will have your Orientation in Bangkok for 3 days. During this time, you will learn more about the programme and have the chance to meet members of the Minor Hotels' Executive Leadership Team, as well as Ascent Graduates (Alumni).


    • 1st Placement

      You will now proceed to your 1st hotel assignment for 6 months. During this period, you will be assigned in different departments so you will have hands-on training to various functions of hotel operations. You will also have coaches assigned to you who will help you achieve your development plan and guide you through special projects. You will choose the department you would like to specialise in.


    • 2nd Placement

      On your 7th until 18th month in the programme, you will embark into your 2nd hotel assignment. During this period, you will work in your chosen department. Similar to your 1st placement, your coaches will help you prepare for your chosen function and projects.


    • Graduation

    You will be invited to Bangkok where you would need to present your achievements, development milestones and projects to selected assessors. Of course, this is the best time to celebrate and be recognized for the successful 18 months journey!




  • Programme Framework

    Journey objectives

    • To support organisational development by identifying, developing and retaining talented individuals within Minor Hotels.
    • To enable the next generation of Minor Hotels leaders.
    • To fast track graduates to their preferred career destination.


    The timeline of the journey will be individually determined but will be around 18 months in two hotel placements:

    1st placement is 6 months generic rotation through all hotel departments at SH level (Assistant Manager) and hotel placement 2 is 12 months specialising in one department at SH level (Assistant Department Head).

    Journey milestones

    Part one of the Journey will be a general introduction to the company and involve taking an active role in the hotel operation. You will be asked to complete a series of projects (corporately defined but locally tailored) and assignments. Part two of the Journey will be in a second hotel where you will get to choose a specialism.


  • Your support team

    During your 18 months journey you will have a support team on your side, who will guide you through the programme, shape your skills and support your overall growth and development.


    Your coaches will:

    Meet with you on a weekly/monthly basis (telephone, Skype or personal meetings)

    Assist you with advice on your 2 property based projects during the first 6 months

    Support you with your corporate projects over the 18 months


    Property coach

    The property coach will be coaching and overseeing your activities on property. You will have 1 coach for your 6 months rotation and 1 coach guiding you through your 12 months specialization placement.


    Umbrella coach

    The umbrella coach will be coaching and overseeing your activities from a distance over the entire 18 month journey. 



    The buddy is an Ascent alumni who successfully graduated from the programme, hence can give you good advice and will assist you during your journey.



  • How to apply


    The recruitment for the Ascent Graduate Journey starts November 1st and will be advertised on the Minor Hotels career site. You can apply within the first two weeks in November.


    Ascent Recruitment Timeline:


    Application Interviews Final Decision Journey Start


    Don't miss to look up the Ascent Facebook page for further information. 


  • Career after graduation


    The Ascent Graduate Journey is a fast track management programme that will set you up for success within 18 months and you will become ready to take on your first HOD position with Minor Hotels after graduation.

    We are pleased to share Baihe's success story.


    About Baihe:

    Baihe Huang joined Minor Hotels as an Ascent Graduate Journey participant in April 2015, following her Master’s Graduation from the Swiss Hotel Management School. After graduating from the programme in October 2016 she became Spa Manager at our AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa in Vietnam. She eventually got promoted to Operations Manager in April 2018 and joined the Anantara Angkor Resort in Cambodia where her job responsibilities include managing daily operations and also overseeing all resort related matters.


    “During my Ascent Journey I have learned how to work in a culturally diverse environment, which will facilitate my future move into the upper management."