Schools Training

Mix Business and Pleasure in the Hospitality Industry

2 JAN 2013
Career Path : Hospitality

Maybe you’re drawn to the hospitality industry because you love to travel, love business… or have simply always dreamed of working in a world-class hotel. No matter what your reason is, if you want to break into the hospitality and tourism field, you may want to consider enrolling in a Hospitality & Resort Business Management Diploma program.

Designed to prepare students for positions of responsibility, Hospitality & Resort Business Management Diploma programs cover all the major areas related to hospitality management. That means that graduates can expect to finish their studies well prepared to enter the workforce and begin contributing right away in a hospitality organization. Because the diploma emphasises business skills – which have the benefit of being transferrable – graduates can aim for any number of career paths, including hotel manager, travel agency manager, hospitality manager, etc.

Students can expect to be trained in soft skills as well as more technical computer skills when pursuing a Hospitality & Resort Business Management Diploma program. For example, most schools cover conflict resolution, behavioural assessment, meeting leadership, effective presentation skills, and working well with others in teams. On the more technical side, reputable schools will cover Strata (IT fundamentals), Microsoft Office, and Hospitality Management Computers topics.

A typical course load could include the following:

  • Business communication skills
  • Hospitality supervision
  • Hospitality sales and marketing
  • Front office procedures
  • Housekeeping management
  • Hospitality law
  • Hospitality business management
  • Managing a resort
  • Food safety basics
  • How to assist travellers with disabilities
  • Hospitality industry accounting
  • Managing special events and conferences

Most Hospitality & Resort Business Management Diploma programs are very comprehensive, covering a lot of material to ensure that students graduate with knowledge, skills and confidence. A typical program would follow a 3 full-day schedule – for example Monday to Wednesday – for a total of approximately 47 weeks. Qualifying students can participate in an invaluable internship, where they will have the opportunity to further hone their skills in a real-life environment. The internship is an excellent way for students to interact with hospitality business management veterans and find out more about their chosen area of study. Most internships are comprised of a 160-hour hands-on training period in a hospitality-related environment.

So if you enjoy business and travelling, and are thinking about beginning a career in the hospitality management field, consider a Hospitality & Resort Business Management Diploma program. It might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Contact the Canadian Tourism College (CTC) for more information on their Hospitality & Resort Business Management Diploma program.