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How to hit the jobs market

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The last three to four years were very good for the hospitality and tourism industry, particularly on the global tourism front. In 2012 the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported, that international tourist arrivals in Asia Pacific, Far East and South Asia exceeded for the first time more than 1 billion arrivals. This is part of a global trend and has given the hospitality and tourism industry a welcome shot in the arm. This in turn has spurred a massive growth in hospitality and tourism businesses that provide employment to graduates from hospitality and culinary schools. The chance to make it in hospitality and tourism industry into a senior management position seems never to have been better.

However, for graduates to benefit from these employment opportunities, they need to have the right academic education and hands-on working experience. Typically, employers are preferring people with a good education that includes hands-on working experience, because they can mostly function immediately in their assigned tasks, without completing first an extensive training. Unfortunately, this training is precisely the part that fresh graduates lack, as their education institutions omitted this because - this part of their education - has become unfashionable or is thought not to be necessary.

The fact of this missing training, has long been recognized by the leading hospitality schools in Switzerland. This is the reason why we demand during our Bachelor Degree minimum two and up to three internship periods of six months each with three different employers. As would be expected, the first training will be in a junior position and students wanting intermediate positions need to earn their promotion by demonstrating their abilities. With us there is no such thing as walking behind a manager and looking over his shoulders.

Internships are relevant, challenging and onerous.

And in this respect, the reader will probably agree, that there is nothing so satisfying than to be competent in doing ones tasks as expected.

Below read some reason why our graduates hit the jobs market running.

1. Hands-on working experience

Our students to learn, how to interact, communicate and cooperate effectively with fellow employees to provide customer service in a live working environment.

2. Learn to execute orders
They learn to understand and execute orders (and being corrected if they are not completed as expected). Learn how to interact with their supervisors and managers and in turn, how to effectively give orders to their staff, when they have advanced to their first supervisory job.

3. Find out their limits
Working intensive, having to concentrate on the job at hand and still being able to smile has to be learnt. After some initial effort to do this, students are surprised on how resilient they are and how to smile under demanding conditions becomes second nature.

4. Build their CV
Over the typical tree years up to graduation with a bachelor degree in Hotel & Hospitality Management, students will have accumulated three internships in different departments and in up to three different hospitality businesses in Switzerland. This will have given them an insight on how businesses or departments are run, they will have experienced diverse management styles and will have gained substantial product knowledge and business ideas, an aspect future employers value greatly.

5. Earn an income
Last but not least, students earn each month a gross salary of CHF 2,364. From this salary they will have to pay for accommodation (normally provided by the employer) board, taxes and other deductions. The average net income each month is from CHF 1,200 to CHF 1,400. In some positions students also have the opportunity to earn tips.

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