THE COMMON PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT STUDENTS DURING THEIR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING
FERNANDO, JUSTINE MAE
MANZANO, MARIA SHIRLENE
Did you ever have a taste of your chosen career? What is it like when you finally step out from the four corners of your school? Our on the job training owes us a taste of our soon to be life after college. A short period of time it may be, yet packed with experience and learning that awaits you. It also shows us the difference between theories or principles from that of the complex of a real competitive world. On the job training is the initial application of the things we have learned from school and another purpose serves as an assessment for ourselves of how much we know about our profession and how much we still need to learn. It serves as an opportunity for us to improve and reinvent ourselves growing better for the challenges of the future. On the job training or OJT is one method by which students is given a chance to apply the theories and computations that they have learned from the school. It also helps the students to acquire relevant knowledge and skills by performing in actual work setting. Colleges and universities require their students to undergo such training within a specific number of hours as part of the curriculum. For the students, an OJT or internship program provides opportunities to go through the actual methodologies of a specific job using the real tools, equipmenTs and documents. In effect, the workplace becomes a development venue for a student trainee to learn more about his chosen field and practice what he has learn from school. On the other hand, an effective OJT program also benefits the companies who accept trainees. First OJT or intern provides additional manpower for a lesser labor cost than a regular employee. Most of them are all eager to learn the ropes so chances are high that they will cooperate. Employers can use this internship strategy as a method in recruiting new employees. Since the trainer or the supervisor can follow the trainees’ progress, he can gauge based on performance, behavior and attitude if the trainee will make a good recruit after the completion of his internship.
OJT’s can bring fresh ideas into the organization. Given the opportunity to speak their minds freely and without fear, they maybe able to contribute significantly in brainstorming sessions or research and eventually help improve the organizations productivity. While training the interns, employers are in fact also teaching their employees to process of guiding the trainees stretches their patience, develops teaching skills and makes them more sensitive to the needs and mind set of the younger generation. The course of supervision also teaches them how to share what they know and be receptive to questions. Hence, the internship also becomes an avenue in training for future managers of the company. Accommodating on-the-job trainees can truly be beneficial not only to the trainees but also to the companies that provide opportunities for this type of learning. There is wisdom in the front lines. Such training can be an investment that will be valuable to the company later on. This is also why trainee’s should take their internship seriously as it can become a powerful tool and possibly even source of recommendation when they take that big lift from being students to career professionals.
The most effective method to develop the competence and skills of students is through hand-on training. This process exposes the students to the different fields. Moreover, it allows the students to become familiar and made known to the actual operation of the business and the state of art of the facilities, equipment and technology used. Morale, productivity, and professionalism will normally be high in those individuals that employ a sound OJT program.
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