Career Planning for Hospitality Students

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• Introduction…………………………………………………………….1 • Graduate labor market……………………………………………….1 • Career options…………………………………………………………5 • Competencies required for the Position………………………….5 • Taj group of hotels…………………………………………………….6 • Employee engagement……………………………………………….6 • CV analysis……………………………………………………………...7 • Competencies Demonstrated and Implementations of Them in Job Selection Processes…………………………………………………..8 • Future action plan……………………………………………………..10 • Bibliography……………………………………………………………..13

Introduction

During the global economic downturn it was predicted that India and China would not be affected as much and hospitality industry in particular would undergo minor changes. Besides this Khanna, 2008 outlined that lack of infrastructure in India would not be sufficient enough to sustain growth of hospitality industry. However the argument can be ruled out as a number of private organization both national and international are investing into Indian hospitality sector. This can be said as Carlson group of hotels are planning to open 50 new properties by the end of year 2012 across India. Many More hotel groups like Fairmont etc are entering fresh in India.

It was predicted that the growth in Indian tourism would be around 8.8% till 2013 which is closely related to hotel industry. The jobs in hospitality were also available during the period of time and are still growing. Moreover the number of hospitality graduates is still very low as compared to the demand of the industry. Hence hospitality as a career is still considered as a fair option in order to grow and make life out of it.

Graduate labor market

As outlined by Harvey (2001, cited by Nabi, 2000) graduates should posses certain attributes and skills in order to help them find a job and have sustainable growth in it. This would further help them build a career in the industry. However Graduate employability for the industry is still addressed by a question mark. Freed, 2010 states that hotel industry requires flexible graduates, moreover students who are willing to work with variable odd shifts with an initial entry level low salary. Though the availability of jobs is high but still the question arises that weather a hotel management should stay with the industry itself or invade other possible dimensions as well.

Besides hotel industry many multinational companies offer fixed working hours and five days a week unlike hotels. Moreover hotels have long working hours as well. On top of all this Maslow (1943, cited in Green 2000) states that a person opts for a job that satisfies his/or basic or physiological needs. The wide options available in other sectors without even specializing and the existence of the concept of equal opportunity make them a more attractive option. To add upon a hotel job is India is considered as a blue color job. A fresh hotel graduate in India or anywhere else is required to have a specialization in his/her area of interest. They are also required to have a considerable work experience with internships etc by the time they graduate as well. Hotel industry also requires high grooming standards and punctuality as well which not much of a requirement.

Fresh hospitality graduates are offered three options for employment in the hotel industry.

• Operational trainee programs in different areas like housekeeping, kitchen and service • Management trainee programs which are further extended to finance, sales and marketing etc. • Entry level employment as Associate, commis or executive. • Certain hotel organization also offers a corporate trainee program.

Management trainee programs are offered usually to fewer students comparatively. These are the students with untreated talent which can nurture in order to produce future managers. It further involves students into finances of an operation as well. On the other hand an...
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