Sunday, May 13, 2012

Careers in Hospitality, tourism and catering

Careers in hospitality presents an unique opportunity to the students who want to serve people. India with its rich cultural heritage and beautiful flora and fauna, is a good traveling destination.  The word ‘hospitality’ can be defined as a relationship between a visitor and a host. In other words, hospitality mainly concentrates on the providing good  services to the customers. The field of hospitality requires personal skills, like helpful and friendly nature, sense of responsibility, and attractive appearance, along with good presence of mind. A number of institutes are offering courses in this field, under the administration of National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Ample job opportunities are available in the hospitality sector, including hotels, travel and tourism, and aviation.

Course Details
Many institutes in India offer courses in hospitality at certificate, diploma, and postgraduate diploma levels. However, some institutions also impart programs in hospitality at undergraduate and postgraduate degree levels. Some of the most common hospitality courses are Diploma in House Keeping, Hotel Reception and Book Keeping, Certificate Course in Hotel and Catering Management; and Restaurant and Counter Service; Craftsmanship Course in Food and Beverage Service; Diploma in Front Office, Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service; Diploma in Bakery and Confectionery; Bachelor of Hotel Management & Catering Technology; BA in Hospitality & Tourism Management; and M.Sc in Hospitality Administration. To take admissions in UG programs, one has to clear 10+2 level of examination, in any stream, from a recognized state/national board. For PG courses, graduation in relevant stream from any recognized University is mandatory. Students are imparted technicalities about various aspects of the relevant subjects, apart from practical exposure and theoretical knowledge.

Career Prospects
After completing the course in hospitality, one can become a specialist in the field and work as a catering officer or chef in hotels, restaurants, fast food chains, and allied sectors. Management trainee, customer relations executive, and marketing/sales executive are other prospective positions to look out for. Besides, kitchen management and house keeping management are other areas to seek lucrative jobs. Moreover, A person has some other career options like one can become an executive in tourism development corporations and resort properties, as a lecturer in hotel management institutes or food craft institutes, and as cabin crew in national and international airlines and cruises. 

Institutes Offering
Some of the good hospitality institutes in India include:
  • FHRAI Institute of Hospitality Management, Greater Noida; 
  • Amman Institute of Hospitality Management and Computer Application, Salem; 
  • Angel Institute of International Hospitality and Management (AIIHM), Greater Noida; 
  •  Brilliant Institute of Hospitality Management, West Bengal; 
  • College of Hospitality and Tourism, Gurgaon; College of Hospitality Administration, Jaipur; 
  • Hope Institute of Hospitality Management, Delhi; 
  •  Institute of Hospitality Management, Goa; 
  • Indian Institute of Hospitality Management, Maharashtra; 
  • Army Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Bangalore; 
  • MS Ramaiah College of Hotel Management, Bangalore; 
  • Saptagiri College of Hotel Management, Mangalore.

Remuneration in the field of hospitality is good and may vary from one organization to another. At the fresher level, the salary may be a little bit low, but with experience, one can be offered high salary packages.


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