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Promising prospects in Hospitality and Tourism

This rapidly growing sector is creating jobs and increasing demands for workers across Australia.

If you are energetic, have great interpersonal skills and a passion for customer service, consider pursuing your studies and a career in Hospitality and Tourism. With Australia being the world's 10th largest national tourism market, and the hospitality and tourism sector one of the top five super-growth engines of its economy, the outlook is bright for those wanting to work in the industry.

Tourism was already creating 924 600 direct and indirect jobs in 2016-17 and this number is projected to grow year by year as Tourism Research Australia has forecast a 75 per cent growth for the industry by 2026-27, at 5.8 per cent every year. According to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, the hospitality industry is projected to employ nearly 970,000 people by 2022.

Yet, hospitality and tourism businesses face substantial recruitment challenges and skills shortages each year.

Given the gap, demand and opportunities will remain high for domestic as well as international workers across the industry. Now is therefore a good time to get training or qualification in hospitality and tourism, with an eye towards joining the workforce later.

For many international students already taking hospitality or tourism courses, there is the additional benefit of being able to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks during the academic semesters and unrestricted hours during the holidays.

Torrens University Australia, through the incorporated schools of William Blue College of Hospitality Management and Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS), offers career-focused management courses at vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Hospitality – the one area that the tourism industry consistently identifies as experiencing shortages, according to the Australian Trade Commission.

Diploma and bachelor’s degrees courses specialising in commercial cookery, tourism and hospitality management are delivered by William Blue, while BMIHMS offers opportunities for students to pursue a Bachelor or Master’s qualification at the number one hotel management school in Australia and Asia-Pacific (Taylor Nelson Sofres Survey 2017).

In general, the courses offered allow students to specialise in one of four disciplines – culinary management, tourism management, hospitality management or event management.

The Diploma and Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) programs for example prepare students for future hotel and resort manager roles. This line of profession creates amazing opportunities for travel and placement around the world, and work in the most established hotel brands and international resorts.

Another Torrens University program, the Bachelor of Culinary Management, is for passionate cooks who are looking to become a chef or manager in established restaurants. The program offers students the opportunity to gain restaurant experience and knowledge of cuisines of the world, combined with hospitality management training.

Some of the career outcomes from the Hospitality programs mentioned above include:

  • Hotel/Resort Manager

  • Food and Beverage Manager

  • Executive Chef

  • Sous Chef

  • Chef

  • Buyer

  • Restaurant Owner/Manager

  • Operations Manager

International students can apply for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) after graduation, allowing them to live and work in Australia for up to two years, depending on their qualification. The Temporary Graduate visa thus provides a pathway from study to industry relevant employment.

Please book a consultation with our experienced Education Planners to find out more about Torrens University Australia, William Blue College of Hospitality Management, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School or courses in Hospitality and Tourism.


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