RMIT Vietnam NewsHow to carve out a career in hospitality

How to carve out a career in hospitality

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 16:29
Increasing numbers of RMIT students want to work in the hospitality industry (Istock photo).

RMIT Vietnam Careers Advisor Susan Renwick said increasing numbers of students are asking what to study if they want to work in the hospitality industry.

In both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City tourism is a growing industry and students want to prepare for careers in hotel and restaurant management or in the travel industry.

"While courses in hospitality management at RMIT Vietnam are in development, I suggest students look at the skills necessary to enter the career they're thinking of," Ms Renwich said.

"They can do this by researching or go to VietnamWorks at to identify the skills employers are looking for.

"The second step is to match these skills with courses offered across RMIT Vietnam degree programs.

"By choosing a degree in this way, it is possible to build skills in their chosen career."

A good example is one student who came to see Ms Renwich because she was interested in a career in hotel management.

"Together we looked at the degree programs on offer at RMIT Vietnam, including the new Bachelor of Business (Management) or Bachelor of Business (International Business).

"Both of these programs would provide the sort of skills sets that could be useful for her chosen career," Ms Renwich said.

Other courses that could be appropriate are degrees in commerce, professional communication, management and business information systems.

But Ms Renwich also encourages students to be aware of the soft skills they would need in hospitality as they study: leadership, communications, teamwork, problem solving, conflict management and customer services.

Other ways to gain hospitality-related skills are:

• Join student clubs: The Marketing Club; Students in Free Enterprise (Hanoi); Enactus (Saigon South).
• Take a part-time job: In your family's hotel, restaurant or customer service business.
• Gain a relevant internship: Hotels such as InterContinental, Sheraton, Crown Plaza, Sofitel, and Hilton regularly provide internships for RMIT Vietnam students.
• Investigate a hotel graduate program: For example, IHG's I-Grad program is competitive but valuable for on-the-job training to a fast track career.