The Bachelor of Hospitality Management prepares students to become leaders in hospitality and contribute to this global industry through a variety of roles.
Holmesglen’s degree gets students ready for work in jobs with hotels, cafes and restaurants, catering businesses and events.
Student Isuru Chamath Vidanarachchi (pictured below) likes taking care of other people, an approach that guided him to the degree and a hospitality career. He is now using the hospitality management course, and its hands-on industry training, to open his own business.
“I want to have a fusion restaurant mixing Italian and Sri Lankan cuisine. I want to think outside the box and bring something new to the market,” Isuru says.
What does a hospitality manager do?
Hospitality managers gain experience in many areas of hospitality, including front and back-of-house and across finance, sales and marketing.
Isuru developed his communication, organisational and critical thinking skills, and developed an industry profile when coordinating a Bachelor of Hospitality Management virtual conference.
The event gave him project management experience and new industry connections. He brought together hospitality leaders to discuss the industry, including high profile identities.
Panelists included Simon McGrath (COO Asia, AccorHotels), Joleen Hurst (General Manager, Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley) and Ben Shewry (Owner, Attica).
"I had to think about all the scenarios and act quickly and be focused on the outcome of the conference. In fact, the main experience I learnt was to be calm."
Holmesglen Bachelor of Hospitality Management students complete one core subject and one elective in the third year that involves a practical placement. Many graduates go on to work with their placement partners – often four and five-star hotels – and in front-of-house and food and beverage roles.
According to job site Indeed, a hotel general manager and restaurant manager are two of the highest-earning hospitality jobs in Australia.
What skills do you need to become a hospitality manager?
Hospitality managers need strong individual, team and leadership skills. Inspiring your team members and providing great customer service are just as important as your hospitality knowledge.
“A hospitality manager should possess optimism, be willing to work in a team, show good leadership and motivational skills, and be able to deal with their team or customers,” says Isuru.
The Bachelor of Hospitality Management focuses on leadership techniques, customer relationships and other key hospitality areas, including organisational behaviour, compliance and risk management and project management.
“The biggest insight I have gained during my course is to always learn from everyone and everything,” says Isuru.
How can you become a hospitality manager?
The Bachelor of Hospitality Management can be completed full time or part time and is suitable for people wanting to work in managerial roles within the hospitality sector.
To get started with your hospitality management studies, you can undertake the SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management, which trains students in supervising roles in restaurants and cafes or the SIT60316 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.
Students who complete the diploma, may be eligible to complete the advanced diploma in six months. Similarly, advanced diploma graduates may receive 1.5 years’ advanced standing into the Bachelor of Hospitality Management.