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Tourism and Hospitality Management Graduates Excel in the Workplace

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STHM graduate, Natalya Lakhan.

Graduates of the School of Tourism & Hospitality Management (STHM) are making positive impacts within their professions and careers in Fiji and the Pacific region.

The success of STHM graduates has also contributed to the School’s growth and reputation for academic excellence. 

STHM programmes serve as a launching pad for a career in tourism and hospitality. The individual courses are tailored to the needs of the industry and their learning objectives are continuously reviewed to ensure that STHM produces graduates that meet USP graduate attributes and the standards set by the School. STHM programmes touch on all sectors of the tourism and hospitality sectors, providing a strong foundation for their future careers. 

STHM international student and graduate trainee at Radisson Blue Fiji Resort, Olivia Green, said that the Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel Management focuses on forming a solid foundation of both theoretical knowledge and practical experience throughout the 4 year programme.

“Once completed, I was able to take my first steps into the Hospitality Industry and into the ever-changing world of Food and Beverage,” Olivia said.

In addition, Executive Coordinator of Pacific CentreCom Ltd, Natalyn Lakhan said, “I must say the best thing about being a graduate from STHM was the fact that my qualification gave me the opportunity to work in the travel industry in Sydney for a little over a year specialising in airline and cruise tourism in Australia, New Zealand and Europe markets on a remote basis as a Product Content Coordinator focusing on Digital Marketing.”

From passion-driven staff to dynamic classroom activities, the education received at STHM is unique. A globally relevant perspective that is also attuned to the South Pacific environment offers a rather unique approach to understanding and applying tourism and hospitality management knowledge.

Each student is encouraged to pave their own way forward through practical learning opportunities, in and out of the classroom, fostering an environment of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The internships and work attachments set students up for success in the real world.

Digital Marketing Executive at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Florence Law reminisced about how studying STHM courses gave her an edge above her peers, saying that the most important factor you must have when you enter the tourism industry is the right attitude and willingness to learn.

“As for the skills we learnt during the programme at STHM, adaptability, a keen eye for detail and analytical skills are extremely key to excelling at any profession.  You need to be able to adapt to the rapidly changing environment and as part of my digital marketing responsibilities, keep up with the ever increasing trends in my field,” Florence said.

The learning outcomes of all STHM programmes are designed to develop graduate skills in the areas of effective communication, information literacy, problem solving, critical evaluation, creativity, innovation and ethical behaviour.

Head of School, Professor Marcus Stephenson said that, “we are proud of the employability component of our degree programmes and the way we engage with industry, especially as students benefit significantly from this ultimate connection.”


This news item was published on 28 Oct 2016 04:51:14 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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