Many in our society believe that hospitality study is quite an easy course.
This, however, may not apply to everyone. Many believe that joining hospitality schools will induce required hard skill which are mandatory while working in the hotel, restaurant & catering sector and that’s it. But, only very few understand that it is just not about the hard skills but the soft skills & moreover students’ own social skills. This means it’s easy to take up this course and gain some skills but to become successful in hospitality career, students must truly become a people-person.
Confidence is the true ticket of success in hospitality industry. It is not merely about being known or knowing people but know how to handle different kind of people. Students with characteristics of finding difficulty in getting warmed up with people will be left behind. The ones who do not warm up for a while but get along better in due course of time may not have to face so much of issues as well as the ones who instantly warm up with people. This is considered the required social skill in the industry. It is believed and stated that this industry highly considers protocol and procedures, & such is taught in hotel schools, internship & on the job trainings. No matter how much protocol and procedure that are taught in school, there are situations that one need to decide on their own and would learn as an experience. Many times, the same decision on the similar situations may put one in difficulty, so one should use own discretion & be able to be on one’s feet.
Even the students who grew up in a family which displays environment for learning some basic skills required by the industry, which can mentor student as and when required also find difficulties in coping up with the demands of the dedication and perseverance by the industry. It is same during studies in school, internship and even at the start of hospitality career as well as while rising up in the career. One should understand that mere hospitality degree does not make you manager and you cannot be leading departments in a hotel or hotel itself as GM overnight. The GMs of today once in the past had to start from scratch even after having certain hospitality degree.
Do students work while studying?
Barron and Anastasiadou in 2008 examined work habits of hospitality and tourism students at a Scottish university. 30.0% of female students and 39.0% of male students worked 16-20 hours per week, and 39% of female students and 40% of male students worked 21 or more hours per week. This means majority of Hospitality students get engaged in some sort of earning activities for many reasons while earning their degree if they are not engaged in full time or part time employment.
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Mid November 2018 Issue 11