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STDY 80: Studying & Learning Final Projects: Research Paper

SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPER (A)
“An Overview of the Hospitality and Restaurant Management Profession”

December 12, 2006

By: John Doe

STDY 80: Studying & Learning Prof: Kathleen E. High, M.Ed. Mt San Antonio College

Hospitality & Restaurant Management

Doe: i

Thesis Statement: A person who wants to become a professional in the Hospitality and Restaurant Management field should consider gaining both experience and an educational degree in order to enjoy a successful career.

Purpose: To help the author understand what it will take to become a professional in the HRM field.

Audience: Professor

Outline: I. Introduction: The HRM profession is multi-faceted a. An Educational Degree is advantageous; Experience is also key b. Responsible for operations of a functioning food establishment c. The field is diverse and covers all demographics and populations II. Body: The HRM profession is multi-faceted because of the nature of the hospitality and restaurant industry. a. Education - A degree from an accredited university or training from a certified program can be advantageous. i. AS in Hospitality & Restaurant Management ii. BS in Culinary Arts Management iii. Business & Marketing iv. Recreation Management b. Experience – with dedication and hard work, a person may be able to work his or her way from bottom up. i. Getting a foot in the door ii. Learning from observation and practice iii. It takes time

c. Industry Overview i. Largest Employer ii. The numbers speak for themselves iii. Management Opportunity d. Profession and my assessments i. Appeals to my personality ii. Fits my interests iii. Works with my career goals e. Evaluation – has lots of potential, but not perfect i. Majors may be achievable; given more time and available resources ii. Like the hands-on creative parts of the job iii. Not too sure about the very long hours/lack of time off iv. Enjoy working with people; but not sure how I would do following instructions f. Conclusion – I will keep researching the field i. Audit some more classes at Mt. SAC. ii. Spend more time speaking with professors or counselors iii. Find out if the majors offered are suitable for me. iv. Figure out what would happen if enrolled in the program; where to go from here!

Hospitality & Restaurant Management

Doe: 1

The HRM profession is multi-faceted because of the nature of the hospitality and restaurant industry. Because it is the single largest employer in the United States outside of the government (Restaurant.org), the industry crosses all demographics and populations and offers a great deal of opportunities. The profession entails anything from menu planning to working out the next marketing plan to make the establishment appealing. A person could enter the field through different ways, by acquiring an educational degree or by gaining experience as a restaurant or hotel worker and working his or her way up. Combining both elements of education and experience may be the best approach. A person who wants to become a professional in the HRM field should consider gaining both experience and an educational degree in order to enjoy a successful career. As a starting point, I contacted Dr. Al-Malood (personal communication, December 1, 2006), Professor and Area Coordinator in the Hospitality Management program here at Mt SAC. I wanted to find out what in his opinion, is the difference in having and not having an education in this particular field. In explaining the HRM field, he had this to say: HRM is business management, and management is part science and part art. The science aspect deals with the clear technical issues, producing P&L statements, other financial statements,

operating equipment, executing a task, etc. The art aspect deals with the intangible things in dealing with different personalities, making decisions, innovating, dealing with conceptuals. A person who commits himself to...
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