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Sarah is on her perfect career path in Cumbria
Sarah Barge, 30, Duty Manager at Langdale, lives in Kendal
Sarah has achieved her career goals at Langdale in Cumbria.
After starting her career in hospitality as a teenager, Sarah has progressed from a prestigious graduate scheme to Duty Manager at Langdale.
“I went to university in Manchester and graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism,” she said. “I applied for the De Vere graduate scheme and was picked as one of six nationwide. I worked for them for about three years, met my husband Scott in the process, and then moved back to Cheshire.
“I’d furthered my career with De Vere but Scott hadn’t really furthered himself, so he decided he’d like to come to Cumbria as one of our old head chefs was working at Langdale.
“I started at Langdale as Assistant Restaurant Manager, progressed to Restaurant Manager and then left briefly for 11 months as there weren’t any opportunities to progress at that time.
“I always knew that I wanted to return to Langdale, and they contacted me about my current role eight months after I left.
“When I first came for my interview at Langdale, I was asked where I wanted to be in five years’ time and I said I wanted to be an Operations Manager. My role is not called that, but it’s essentially the same. Langdale has helped me to progress to where I want to be and I’m really enjoying what I’m doing.
“I work with the Hotel Manager and we cover all aspects of managing the business on a day-to-day basis. We’re constantly on the move and no day is ever the same, so it’s very exciting and you never get bored.
“The management team are based here on site, so you get answers to questions and things get done quickly. Working for a corporate company, you can ask a question and wait three weeks for an answer. Here, I can just pop into the office.
“You never feel alone as you’ve always got people to bounce ideas off. You get to know people and their personalities, so they’re friends as well as colleagues. We all have very good relationships with our Senior Management Team and Board of Directors.
“At Langdale, we have regular guests and lodge owners who come once every year and that’s really special. I pop in to see some of our lodge owners as I’ve known them for so many years. They love Langdale and love to see familiar faces, which is lovely. We’re really, really lucky.
“Langdale has really encouraged us, and particularly Scott, to progress in our careers.”
After initially thinking their move to Cumbria would be temporary, Sarah and Scott have now put down roots in the county.
“When we first moved, I thought we’d just be here for a year or two,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about the area at first as I’d only visited once as a child, but we visited for a couple of days first to suss it out.
“Seven years later, with a house and a baby on the way, we’re still here and very, very happy.
“Where we live in Kendal is so convenient for travel. My sister lives in London and we can be there in two and a half hours on the train.
“The M6 on the doorstep, which is a bonus. In most places, it can take over half an hour to get on to a major motorway.
“We’re very settled in Cumbria.”
Sarah loves shopping and socialising in her spare time, and is looking forward to family life in Cumbria.
“I love shopping and there are lots of great places nearby,” she said. “From where we are in Kendal, Lancaster and Preston are on the doorstep and Manchester isn’t too far away.
“I enjoy socialising and there are lots of great places to eat in and around Kendal. Baba Ganoush in Kendal and Homeground Coffee + Kitchen in Windermere are great.
“I think family life in Cumbria will be lovely and I wouldn’t want to bring a child up anywhere else. I see it involving the outdoors, visiting nice places on our doorstep and having family days out. Children don’t have as much fresh air and space in a big town or city.
“I can’t imagine anywhere else we’d want to live and Scott feels the same.”
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