My name is Andrew Michael Maithya Mailu also known as Myles. I am an alumni of Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology and this is my story.
My journey at Amboseli Institute started back in 2015 September and I can gladly say that till where I am at, it has been a successful one – though with a lot of challenges since nothing comes on a silver platter. I had to work smart and sweat for it while managing my time smartly, since time waits for no man. I didn’t know anyone and trust me when I tell you, it wasn’t an easy task to be in a new county/town not knowing any one or any places. I had to learn the hard way. When it came to choosing friends, I can say this one wasn’t a hard thing to do. Why? Because I knew what I wanted in my life and am a choosy when it comes to something to do with my life.
I followed my heart, here I am, smiling and happy. I was one of the best students at Amboseli and they shaped me to be the chef I am today. I was attached at Karen Country Club, where I was able to meet and interact with the best chefs in the country. They were able to train me in various departments and I gained knowledge about being a Chef. It was always my dream to meet the greatest Chefs and work with them. Here I am, a Chef at Nairobi Java House.
There were things that kept me moving when I was studying;
I always kept God first in each and every thing I did. I Joined Church organizations that were associated with charity events. My friend named Christian Njuguna also known as Mc Xtian helped me in this and drew me near to God. I am grateful to him.
Also the core values of Amboseli Institute; HONESTY, LOYALTY, TEAMWORK, INTEGRITY, CONSISTENCY, COMMUNICATION, RESPECT & PASSION. All these have contributed a lot in my journey at Amboseli Institute, as well as my day to day activities. They contributed in molding me to be the man I am today. I follow these values and they have helped me to keep my job and build my name.
Furthermore, I always remember where I came from. There are so many other schools but the main competitor is Utalii College. I have met them and they tried to challenge me with the standards and I won. Till today they do respect me. Others come to ask for advice and I help them because the knowledge I have is not mine alone. I have to help others where I can. So my brothers and sisters you have to be tough and smart to conquer the outside world in order to find a place/position on this earth.
Finally my mentor once told me, “Cross the bridge when it’s time.” There was this job at Dubai that they needed a Chef and so I went to her for advice. And she told me, “My son you are rushing into things so much. You have just completed school. First build on your experience, then you can think about going there.” I took it positively and it has really helped me. So please my dearest ones CROSS THE BRIDGE WHEN IT’S TIME.