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Why Study Hospitality Management?

Choosing a Career is a daunting task, even for those who know what they want to do and how to go about it. So whether you are unsure, curious or already know that you want to pursue a career in hospitality you are in the right place. We want to help you make the best choice for you.

Aspiring to be qualified.

In every way, I need to know what I don't know!

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What does the ideal Hospitality industry candidate look like?

A natural born leader with a love for food and service and looking forward to those special moments throughout the day that keep you going.
A keen mind for dispute resolution and passion for bringing a smile to people's faces and an interest to work in hotels or restaurants .

Where are you in your journey?

Select the one that resonates closest with you

I'm in the industry but need qualifications.
I'm a School Leaver in my gap year.
I’m looking for a career change.
I’m looking to change my course.
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I'm in the industry but need qualifications.

I aspire to be qualified
I need a formal qualification.
Become the best for the hospitality industry.

There's always demand for the best. The Hospitality industry always continues to develop, businesses such as cafes, restaurants and hotels and these types of enterprises always need good staff and have trouble recruiting.

Chef + Kitchen hand (Back of House)

I want to become a kitchen hand or specific type of Chef
I need experience while I work and or study.

Why is attitude so important for your hospitality career?

When it comes to finding employees in the hospitality industry, what do you think employers believe is most important - great skills or a good attitude? While having high quality skills is vital, if someone has a poor or negative attitude, there is no doubt that they will struggle to interact with people and craft a long career in the service sector.

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Are you better suited to a front or back of house role?

Jobs in the Australian hospitality sector can be classified into two general areas: back of house and front of house. Each are suited to people with different skills, and both are vitally important to the operations of an establishment.

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How can you handle the pressures of working in a fast-paced industry

Have you experienced stress or a stressful situation? You would be hard-pressed to find someone who has lived a stress-free existence - it's part and parcel of human life and our body is designed to react to a challenge.

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I need to:

  • Earn money or more money (with a formal qualification)
  • During your time enrolled in a course (qualification) you can attract paid work
  • A formal Hospitality qualification attracts paid work
  • Secure a trainee-ship
  • Formal qualification in Hospitality industry to help you while you study at uni
  • Find or explore a new pathway(s) and the experience you may have always wanted in Hospitality.
  • Learn what the Hospitality industry is all about and looks like
  • The Hospitality industry is a ‘global’ industry..How? Why? Is it for me..?
  • Study and work at the same time
  • What is Hospitality and Where can a qualification take you?
  • A Hospitality Management Qualification with Kenvale inherits endorsement to work at leading workplaces.

 

Does a vocational qualification give you better career prospects than a university degree?

Whether you're fresh out of high school or simply looking for a change in career, choosing your pathway to success is a decision worthy of serious thought. You want your chosen tertiary education to set you up for career success after graduation and in the long-term.

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Leaving high school? Study cookery, hospitality or events

Choosing a career path straight out of high school is daunting. It's hard to know exactly what you want to do with your life before you've had the opportunity to explore the workforce and develop your passions.

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Already in a job role and want to change career?

  • Have you become complacent with daily grind on the current role
  • The Hospitality industry is exciting - things are constantly changing and evolving ...Why? because of the customer. The customer is always different and changing. So too, the hospitality industry must evolve and wrap around this change.
  • Do you need or want a formal qualification in Hospitality industry for the position it may entitle you to?
  • Not happy with your current state?
  • Want something that aligns better with your passion or to up-skill and take on a different challenge, altogether and in a new direction?
  • Do you specifically have a lean towards a career pathway in hospitality or related industry?
  • Want to gain Recognition of Prior Learning and want to follow their passion?
  • You may be mature age (21+) plus and up to 65 yr old but not restricted EG: at RSL, semi-retired, lonely etc
  • Are you of older-age, semi-retired wanting to stay active, negate loneliness?
  • Do you need to move from home to a professional environment and want to get qualified to have or get a leg up?

What's the work-life balance like in hospitality management?

Hospitality management is an extremely rewarding career path - but it doesn't come without challenges. As in any industry, work-life balance can be a major obstacle for many working in hospitality.

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It's not late to change careers to hospitality - here's how you can do it

Did you know that around 30 per cent of your life is spent working? Yes, this could mean that you have to deal with at least 30 years of offices, bosses and stress.

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I need :

  • A formal qualification in Hospitality industry to get me back on track or find paid work
  • An alternative since changing my mind
  • because of wrong course selection
  • Have dropped out of uni/course/voc ed etc..
  • Have you ever sat in a university lecture and thought "this is so boring" or "I want to learn practically"? Well at Kenvale the practical learning never stops with our
  • Hospitality Courses

Why study Hospitality now?

There's no time like the present!

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There are around 71% of cafe and restaurant businesses lacking in sufficient staff around Oz.


Up to 81% of these cafes and restaurants have reported a deficiency of adequate skills in the workforce.


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With the hotel industry, 39% noted that there's a shortage of workers in their businesses

66% of hotel businesses also revealed to have difficulty finding staff with the needed skillsets.

Source: Australian Labour Force Rpoert of 2015-2020

Skills needed to study Hospitality Management

What are the right soft and hard skills needed for a Hospitality Management Career?

Soft skills typically encompass introspective and interpersonal skills that are much harder to learn or quantify without the benefit of real experience. Soft skills are similar to emotions or insights, in that they depend somewhat on character and intuition. That's not to say, however, that these cannot be learned.

Meanwhile, hard skills are specific, teachable abilities that can be more easily defined and measured, and are easily achieved with the right qualification. The hard competencies required for success as a hospitality manager depend largely on the individual specifications of the management role.

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Career Pathways once the skills are acquired?

If you are considering a course in hospitality management, you might be wondering what kind of career prospects will be available to you after graduation.

A qualification in hospitality management provides graduates with the opportunity to work in multiple fields within the Hospitality industry. 

Accommodation Manager

Working in accommodation management means that you are responsible for the efficient operations of the establishment including budgetary control, business planning and people management. Building upon these skills could also lead to a number of career paths and graduates might find themselves working in one of a range of roles.

Read more - Four Possible Careers in Hospitality Management >>

Get your first break into the Hospitality industry

Industry employment

Getting your first break into the hospitality industry is a pivotal aspect for those who are ardent about pursuing this career path. The hospitality industry is one of diverse avenues ranging from an event planner, restaurant owner, chef and many, many more!

Australia's hospitality industry is experiencing a skills shortage at the moment, particularly when it comes to more senior positions. The food and beverage industry is growing more competitive, Ferrier Hodgson research has pointed out. This means operators need to increasingly find ways to stand out from competitors. One way they can do this is hiring staff with the business skills to help enhance their offerings and help them succeed.

A vocational education and training (VET) event management qualification incorporates paid work experience into your study, allowing you to earn money while you study. This work-integrated learning structure makes VET qualifications extremely attractive for careers-focused high school leavers, as it means they can gain a wage and experience straight away.

"We believe that by working with integrity and passion we can shape our students to become better people in society."

— Michael Ghazi, Industry Liaison and Fundraising Manager

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61%

'Entry-level' positions require 3+ years' work experience.

Industry experience is vital

Industry experience is vital which is why it is at the core of every course offered at Kenvale and why we have the strong belief that this is why our graduates have such a high employment rate in comparison to the national standard.

Some interesting statistics and benchmarks

To date, many of Kenvale Students obtain full-time employment within 1 month of graduating.

Kenvale boasts graduate employment success

To ensure future graduate success, Kenvale College works with its industry partners to give students a holistic experience and understand what it’s like to work in their selected industry from their first year of study.

This is unique in the industry and a genuine value adds to any prospective student.

The college tailors the curriculum and teaching methods to meet the needs of the hospitality and tourism industry, shaping future hospitality leaders.

kenvale boasts graduate employement success

Industry employment

Why this is so important, what you need to get there and where it needs to take you...

Tools to think about needed to succeed in your future career.

  • We have an Industry Liasion Team that will 

    • Provide support and guidance in deciding your career path 

    • Help with interview and resume writing skills 

    • Keep you in the loop of  relevant job and experience opportunities 

  • Practical Experience - In addition to the work component our students are involved in all stages of experiential and real life events for the college

    • These events include pop-up restaurant, graduation ceremonies, open days & Wine Tasting Fest. 

    • Real Guests, Real patrons, Real employers, observing real industry representatives.

"The Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney and Kenvale College's industry placement program develops a strong link between theory and practical knowledge. It successfully nurtures hospitality professionals who are competent and confident on delivering 5 star service and exceeding guests' expectations."

Peter Tudehope, General Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

How does industry Placement work?

Meet with our Industry Liaison Department

We believe in finding the best fir between an industry partner and one of our students. To ensure this, a team member from our Industry Liaison Department meet with each student to ascertain their interestes, experience and career aspirations.

From here, they will work with and help them secure employment. Our aim is to gradually improve a student's employability skills while increasing their exposure to the industry.

Work out your availability

Students can work in a part-time or in a casual role with one of our Industry Partners. We work with a broad range of companies from restaurants and hotels, to event venues and catering companies.

Get ready to go to work!

It's important for prospective students to understand that their placement is a real job. With hard work, dedication and a willingness to lear, your employer may present you with greater opportunities.

Students will most likely be offered an entry level position in their first year. If they would like, students are also able to organise their own casual or permanent part-time employment to complete their industry placement hours.

Don’t just take our word for it. 

Here what the students say...

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Graduate Success Story

"Kenvale’s Combined Work and Study program gave me the skills and experience it took to gain a full-time job in a reputable company as soon as I finished my studies. The networking experiences and suggested work placements gave me so much knowledge in different areas. Whilst studying I was a food and beverage attendant for the Australian Turf Club and Rydges Parramatta. I also did two internships in my last year that involved lots of admin work meaning that not only did I get to experience the practical side of events I also did the administrative side. What we learned in college we would take to our workplace and apply on the daily. As someone who had never worked before college, it gave me the experience that every employer asks from any potential employee. I now work as a supervisor of over 100 employees at the new International Convention Centre Sydney."

Student life

"Student Life at Kenvale is a different journey for all enrolled. For me personally it meant a long travel back and forth from home, spending time with the best people in the world whilst learning and then applying the theory learnt in class to my workplace after college. It’s very easy to connect to people from all over the
world when you go to Kenvale and those connections stay with you for life. The people you meet become your support system to get you through all the ups and the downs that college life have to offer. I would be lying if I said it was easy but we had constant feedback to improve conditions, a mentoring program and dedicated staff who are determined to see you succeed."

— Aileen Tukala, Senior Customer Service Coordinator, International Convention Centre Sydney
Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management and Event Management

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Dedicated lecturers with extensive and current industry experience

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Industry guest speakers

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