For those of us who love travel, embarking on a career that allows us to see the world is the ultimate, isn’t it? The hospitality industry is one of the most portable professions – and that really becomes apparent when you look at where graduates from The Hotel School Sydney have been placed.
Its graduates have gone on to become restaurateurs, business owners, sommeliers and senior management around the world. They have been placed in jobs in New York, China, London, Canada, Las Vegas, India, Indonesia, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Guam.
The school offers a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management in association with Southern Cross University, as well as certificate and diploma studies in international tourism and hotel management.
Working at major hotels is part of the training and most degree students are employed in the industry when they finish studying. An impressive 97% of The Hotel School’s 2013 graduates are now employed, 88% of them before they even graduated.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview a couple of The Hotel School graduates for an article I was writing for Hospitality magazine on female sommeliers. Breanna Lawler is venue manager at Flying Fish magazine and encourages women planning to become sommeliers to “go for it”. “Wine is an amazing product which has the ability to allow continual learning,” she says.
Another of Sydney’s leading sommeliers is also a graduate of The Hotel School. Pip Anderson (right) is head sommelier for Ivy. She says the increase in the number of female sommeliers echoes the steady growth of females in all sectors of the hospitality industry over the last 20 years.
“It provides a lovely balance to the dining industry,” she says, although she thinks the subject of whether women make better wine tasters than men has been slightly embellished.
“What tasting comes down to is training your memory palate to recall aromas and flavours quicker. The simple case of the more you taste – especially in group situations were you can get confirmation of what you are discovering in the glass – the more aromas and flavours you can identify.”
You can read more of Pip’s thoughts on the subject in another post, but in the meantime, if you would like more information about courses at The Hotel School Sydney, you can visit their website here. This is NOT a sponsored post, just sharing the love for those planning a career in hospitality. The world might be your oyster too. 🙂
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Photo of Pip ©Patrick Riviere. Both photos supplied by Free Publicity.