Imagine your job is to make sure that people are happy, relaxed and always have a drink! Doesn’t that sound awesome? ‘Working where others vacay!’, that’s pretty much the motto of every employee that works in a hotel. With a degree in hotel management that could be part of your job too. Find out why a hospitality management course is the best degree to work abroad.
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One of the many benefits of a hospitality management career is that it opens the door to 8% of total world jobs. So basically, it’s a key to working abroad, because you will find a job anywhere. In comparison to many other industries, the hospitality sector continues to grow and is always looking for professionals.
As a hotel management graduate, you are equipped with the knowledge to work and manage different departments in a hotel. Based on your preference this can be anything from working in a Restaurant to organizing Events. The job is diverse, definitely not boring and you work in an environment that is largely multinational. The career prospects are very good in general and even better if you are flexible.
The application process to a Hotel Management School depends largely on the institution. Most schools host Selection Days all over the world, to facilitate international students the process. These days are communicated on the school’s website or send to you after your application.
If the school does not host a Selection Day in your country or region, the applicants usually have to fly in for a face to face interview. However, I kind of think that might have changed, considering technology.
Once you attended the selection day it takes the application officers approximately 2 weeks to approve or decline your application. In general, it’s best to apply to the course 6 months before the start date. That way you have plenty of time to plan your Interview and possibly move to another country.
The Hospitality Management Course
Just like any other Bachelor’s Degree, studying hotel management takes between 3 to 4 years. The course consists of 3 years at the school and 1 year of two 6-months internships in a hotel or hospitality company.
Yes, you read it right. 1 year of fun and sun! That definitely sounds like the best degree to work abroad to me 😉
During the 3 years in school, you are taught the basics of a business degree such as Analytics, Sales & Marketing, and Finance Management as well as the ins and outs of hotel operations.
The practical part shows students how to work and manage the different back of the house departments (Housekeeping, kitchen etc.) and front of the house departments (Front Office, F&B etc.).
These practical courses might sound exhausting and hard but are actually quite fun and interesting most of the time. I mean everything is better than studying for a math exam, right?
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Studying at a Hotel Management School is pretty much the same as studying at any other college/university for the most part. Until it gets to the part where you get to work and live abroad. As part of your hotel management course, you must complete two 6-month internships abroad during your studies.
The first one takes place in the second year and is usually an operational internship at the Front Office, Food & Beverage or Housekeeping department. Most of the time, this one will be suggested by the school, who provides a database that you can choose from.
The second internship, on the other hand, you can choose way more freely. You have to find, apply and organize it yourself. Of course, you can look at the schools’ database, but are more than welcome to contact hotels on your own.
The amazing thing about the internships is that no country in the world is off limits. For your first internship, the school will often recommend staying in Europe, because of cultural differences or being homesick. But it is still up to you and the hotel to decide whether the property and country you’re applying for is right.
I, for example, got to go to absolutely exotic and amazing places twice. My first internship I did at a resort on St. Lucia in the Caribbean and my second one at a mega hotel in Abu Dhabi. Both times I had the time of my life!
And the best I didn’t have to pay for anything but my flights. I received housing, food while at work and a stipend. Wicked!!!!
Why we like it
Well, I’m not going to pretend that I’m not biased. Of course, I am because I went to Hotelschool The Hague myself.
While I hated being a student, in general, I LOVED studying hotel management. The course allowed me to travel, meet amazing people and learn at the same time. Because the school is so diverse it offers a great atmosphere for young people from around the world.
And for your internships, you can choose locations that you would never visit otherwise. No joke, but before my internship coordinator suggested St. Lucia I had never heard of that island and now it’s my favorite place on earth!
Hotel Management Schools you should check out:
Hotelschool The Hague – The Netherlands
Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne – Switzerland
Les Roches Marbella – Spain
Swiss Hotel School – Switzerland
Cornell School of Hotel Administration – United States
Rosen College of Hospitality Management – United States
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management – United Kingdom
The International Hotel School – South Africa
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