Myths about a Career in Hotel Management

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Choosing a right career is very important for an individual. There are careers beyond Medical, Engineering, Management, Fashion Designing, Interior Decoration, Law, Corporate Relations, etc. that have equal or greater scope. Many other rewarding careers exist that most of us are not even aware of. The few of us, who are daring to take the chance, lack the right amount of knowledge. The remaining others are discouraged by their parents and become sceptical. Thus, they end up following the sheep. One such rewarding field is Hotel Management.

Often, when people hear Hotel Management, they visualize a man who wears a white chef coat with an apron. He either cooks the food or serves it. In today’s scenario, most of the people still think that Hotel Management is just about cooking or serving food. But, in reality,  the field has grown tremendously  in recent years and stands apart as a rewarding career in itself. If you are also one of those who have such common misconceptions, then read on this article.

Here are several myths about a career in Hotel Management, and a quick reality check :

1.  Hotel Industry & Hospitality Industry are the Same Thing

The Hotel industry is a component of the Hospitality industry as a whole. The Hotel industry is only one small piece of the Hospitality Segment. The Tourism and Hospitality industry also includes aviation, cruises, theme parks, restaurants, fast food joints, event management, housekeeping services, transportation, estate management and much more.

2.  Hospitality Industry is just  about cooking and serving skills

Many of us feel so as we don’t know the industry dynamics at all. People who do not work in the hospitality industry do not know the amount of skill that is required to operate it. It is true that it is not rocket science, but the successful operations within the industry are quite methodical.

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Hotel Management is much more than just cooking or serving food. It is a serious business that involves food and beverage production and service going up to housekeeping department – who maintain clean and comfortable environment in the hotel, front-office operation – who ensure smooth operations between departments and looks after the needs of the guest on arrival and during the stay in the hotel, event planners – who are involved in conception and completion of the events such as conferences, festivals, etc, and sales and marketing people and accounting department to name a few. Hence, there are numerous specialized career paths to explore in a hospitality industry.

This industry is an amalgam of effective management strategies and planning, practicing control tools, operation management, marketing and sales tactics, skilled employees, staff development and routine training. There is a definite value in their measurable, calculated approach.

3. Job Options in the Hospitality Industry are Limited

Do you like to be lively, enjoy singing or dancing ? Perhaps you would do well working as a performer on a cruise ship or showing your bartending skills on a floor. Do you love social media? Working as a social media marketing coordinator or consultant for independent hotels could be your cup of tea. The point is thatwithin the hospitality industry, you are constrained only by your personal ideas and not by opportunities.

4. All Hospitality Workers are Maids

It is true that there are a plethora of jobs such as bellboys, maids, servers, and other similar positions that do not require formal training.

However, with the right education, you can bypass these low paying positions and jump start your career as restaurant, hotel supervisor or manager, housekeeping supervisor, lobby manager, front desk executive, bar manager, wine steward, or event planner. These positions are more interesting and offer much better pay.

5. The Hospitality Industry is Glamorous

On the other end of the spectrum are those who believe that working in the hospitality industry involves only mixing with celebrities and the rich and famous. While this does happen, but most of the time it involves just plain hard work, learning new skill sets and performing new challenging tasks.

6. It’s hard to find a Hotel Job and that too is low paid.

The Hotel Industry is said to be an industry with most employability potential. It is rated  as the biggest employment provider worldwide. The industry has lot of potential for technological adaptation. The Industry is full of opportunities and in times to come it will be the industry with maximum growth potential for freshers. The time span from an entry level position to a managerial position in general has reduced to 2 years in some leading hotel chains. When it comes to landing the best jobs in the hospitality industry, skill set is the key, and social media is playing a growing and critical role in finding qualified individuals to fill job openings.

The Industry is full with job openings and career opportunities but only if one grooms her/himself as per the industry standards. The Hotel Industry is paying good salaries at entry levels as compared to many other career avenues and it has started good innovative practices on work life balance. In near future it is forecasted to be among the best rewarding careers.

Once you graduate with a hotel management degree, there are limitless opportunities waiting for you. You are eligible to join hospitality sector as a operational trainee or management trainee moving up the ladder as a manager to director operations in few years. The initial salary is approximately INR 15000 which goes up to lakh per month and more with experience. You get to work with international and national chains like Marriot International, Hilton worldwide, Hyatt, Carlson, Oberoi’s, Taj, ITC, Jay Pee, Radisson and many more International hotels, Fast food, Fine dining chains. If you get an opportunity you can take a transfer easily from India to overseas. So, it’s not wrong to say that your degree can become your passport to the world.

7. The Hospitality Industry Requires You to Work for Long Hours

Yes. Till 2015, it was correct at entry level positions or during industrial and vocational training schedules. Things have improved drastically and HR managers in Industry are now talking about work life balance, recreational activities, family benefits and many more. Jobs in the hospitality sector offer plenty of variety in terms of skill enhancement when it comes to the number of hours worked. Few organisations have now adopted a culture of 5 days week work schedules.

Because the hospitality industry is a 7 day a week, 24 hours a day kind of business, you can choose a position that works around your scheduleDay shifts, night shifts, broken shifts are always available.

8. Hospitality Jobs are for the Uneducated

The hospitality industry offers a dynamic work environment, so it is true that an expert with a skill set of a particular field might do well here; but that does not mean that individuals who work in hospitality sector are uneducated.

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Today hotel management is a career by choice and the process to be accepted into a top program is rigorous in reputed Hotel Management Institutes. The curriculum for a top hospitality program will include fundamentals of management, business communication, marketing, accounting, organisational behaviour, economics, law, foreign language, behavioural sciences, environmental science, facility management, computer science, among many other technical subjects.

9. You Are Restricted To Hotel Industry after Pursuing  Hotel Management

With a hotel management degree one is not constrained to the hotel industry only but sky is the limit. This industry offers a number of exciting and diverse career opportunities, which are directly related to the HM degree such as,

  • Accommodation manager, Catering Manager in hospitals, conference centers, care homes, etc.
  • Event manager :  working in exhibitions and fairs, conferences, product launch, etc.
  • Airlines : work as cabin crew, culinary manager, flight attendants, etc.
  • Travel & Tourism sector : open up avenues such as travel agents, sales managers, and tour managers, etc.
  • One can work as skilled human resource in cruise or in a casino.
  • One can work as skilled human resources in multi-cuisine fine dine restaurants, fast food outlets.
  • One can opt for Government Jobs as Management Officers or can pursue a career with armed forces in catering division.
  • One can work as Public Relation Officer in many MNC’s
  • One can opt for a career as free lancer
  • One can be a content developer
  • Work as a professor in education sector and many more new avenues are opening up for them.

10. Only those with Low Score in School should go for Hotel Management Degree

It takes a lot more than just marks to own a Hotel Management degree. One needs to be skillful to be a part of this exciting yet challenging industry. The vast course curriculum it encompasses within itself certainly doesn’t make this course lack in knowledge management. Student scoring high marks are also opting for this rewarding career as it not only provides exposure in terms of meeting new people or developing one’s overall personality, but with globalization, it is one of the fastest-growing industry, and is ranked 2nd in terms of employ-ability after IT sector. So, today is the perfect time to get started.

11. Women Don’t Have Good Prospects in Hospitality Industry

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Despite significant progress in many years, it is still believed that women can’t do well in hotel industry orthe industry doesn’t provide healthy environment for them. Many hold a perception against women stating they are not firm enough to make any decisions. But hospitality industry is quite incompetent without the grace and elegance that a lady brings with her. Take an example of guest relations – women employees are more preferred over male due to their pleasing personality, and women also fair better at verbal and interpersonal skills, and are also good at handling pressure. According to the many published reports women perform large chunk of hospitality jobs, and the proportion of women in senior positions has also increased. So, it is fair to  say that the industry today holds more potential for women than ever before.

Skills Required :

  • Good written and spoken communication skills
  • Good Interpersonal skills
  • Pleasing personality
  • Ability to keep calm during stress
  • Business skills
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Technical Skills

Career Path to Follow In Order To Pursue Hotel Management after 10+2 (In any Stream) :

Path 1 – Pursue graduation in Hotel Management for 4 years or a 3 year recognised Diploma of AICTE

Path 2– Pursue short Diploma in Hotel Management for 1 year, then pursue internship.

Career selection is one of the most important and calculated decision of one’s life. One needs to explore and understand in-depth career opportunities and not depend on half knowledge/information, and land up with a wrong career choice. Making the right career decision is hard but can bring you the huge amount of happiness and satisfaction. Hotel Industry is beyond cooking, serving food or operator answering phone call on the second ring and surely has a lot of scope in the coming years, and with globalization it is going to stay as a leading career choice, it has large employment opportunities.

Contributed By :

Prof. ( Dr. ) S. K. Singh

COO, Amrapali Institute of Hotel Management

An Analytical Review on Radioactive Waste Classification

It feels pleasure to inform our readers that the research paper titled ‘ An Analytical Review on Radioactive Waste Classification ‘, authored by  Mr Rahul Pandey, B. Tech. M.E. II Year and Mr.  Gaurav Kumar, Faculty Member, Department of Mechanical Engineering, A.I.T.S. has got published in the International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology (IRJET), Volume: 04 Issue: 10, Oct -2017.

Here is the abstract of the paper :

” The global energy crisis along with environmental concerns have compelled researchers and scientists to look for a clean alternative source, Nuclear Power is one of the major upcoming high potent fuel sector which can be relied on in future. The most common nuclear fuel is Uranium U-235 and U-233 isotopes for power generations, whereas plutonium Pu-239 and thorium Th-232 (not self-fissile) are also used besides the Uranium Isotopes. It may prove to be very hazardous if handled improperly hence, its use was minimized and only a few countries in the world have access to this fuel. In this paper, a systematic analysis has been made on the different gradation of Nuclear Waste based on their irradiation factor, NWM methods which are mostly used and pertain scope have been approached. Also, an outlook on the rare element Protactinium has been done.”

Key Words : NWM (Nuclear Waste Management), U-235, U-233, Pu-239, Protactinium.

You may view the full paper here :

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Source : www.irjet.net

Educational Tour to Jaipur

Jaipur is one of the most vibrant and colorful cities of India, famous for its beautiful culture, its fairy tale forts, its palaces and lakes. The city got its name from the founder Maharaja Jai Singh II, the great warrior who ruled between 1693 and 1743. Its most striking feature is the pink color applied to the buildings, giving Jaipur its famous title,    ” The Pink City “.

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Students of AITS visit ‘ The Pink City ‘

Here is an account of the recent visit to Jaipur by students of A.I.T.S. Read on to know all the fun and the learning experience the students had in this trip.

October 5, 2017 , Thursday , 1400 hrs , A.I.T.S. Campus

It had been a week since the sessional examinations ended and after a short break for Dussehra holidays, the students returned afresh to attend the college.

There was a huge buzz around the campus for the industrial tour. This tour was the idea of III Year B. Tech. C.S.E. students, Rudransh Saxena and Paras Chawla. They took this as an opportunity to explore the recent trends, latest technological advancements and different career aspects in the present day industries. The tour was also intended to rejuvenate the students by taking the learning atmosphere outside the classrooms. So, with the consent from the management and the administration, the tour was fixed and it was decided that students of A.I.T.S. from II and III Year classes of C.S.E. Department shall be visiting OweBest Pvt. Tech. Ltd., a premier IT industry located in Jaipur.

October 7, 2017, Saturday, 1500 hrs, AITS Campus

The trip was to be planned and coordinated by Rudransh Saxena and Paras Chawla. All the students were delighted to hear about the tour. The program saw heavy response from both the II Year and III Year classes. A large number of students showed keen interest for the visit. Faculty members Mr. Anurag Bhatt and Mrs. Preeti Pandey also agreed to accompany the students. The stage was all set and they were to head to Jaipur on October 9.

October 9, 2017, Monday, 1945 hrs , Kathgodam Railway Station

All the students arrived on the said time at the station with their luggage. Everyone around was very much excited for the journey to start. After searching for their respective seats, all the students settled down peacefully. Faculty members Mr. Bhatt and Mrs. Pandey took the attendance. At about 2040hrs, the Ranikhet Express departed from the station and the journey began. Some students were capturing the moments on their cameras while some were busy in playing Antakshari. Train journeys and that too with your friends usually prove to be too awesome. And that’s the reason why the environment was so soulful.

October 10, 2017, Tuesday, 1020 hrs, Jaipur Railway Station

After a long journey of about 12 hours, the Ranikhet Express finally reached Jaipur. The weather was quite warm . The group walked out of the train with the luggage. A pre-booked Deluxe bus was waiting for them at the station. The group was to stay at the Ruby Hotel in Jaipur which was booked previously.

October 10, 2017, Tuesday, 1300 hrs, The Ruby Hotel, Jaipur

The bus dropped the group at the hotel by 1300 hrs. The hotel staff welcomed the students wholeheartedly. The students were very much satisfied with all the services provided by the reputed 3- Star hotel .

The students then relaxed for a while in their rooms, since they were tired a lot due to the long train journey.

 

October 10, 2017, Tuesday, 1600 hrs, Jaipur City

It was now time for the group to see the beauty of the ‘ Pink City ‘.

At first, the students and the faculty members visited the Amer Fort and got to know about its history. Amer Fort is a mesmerizing combination of conventional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, built in the 16th century. Rajputs made use of this fort from the 16th century up to the foundation of Jaipur in 1727, both for defense as well as residential reasons. Thus, within its strong walls one finds charismatic gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly festooned with intricate stonemason works and paintings. Inside Amer Fort is the Sheesh Mahal, a delightful hall of mirrors that are so artistically set that even a tiny ray of light gets replicated in the mirrors and illumines the hall flamboyantly. The students admired the beautiful work of the workers who built the fort. Most of the popular films like Jodha Akbar and Veer have been shot there .From there, they went to a see an art show which displayed the block printing .Some of the students bought some beautiful handicrafts also.

The next place to visit was the Jal Mahal which is located 6 kms from the Amer Fort. This is a 5 storey palace, out of which the first four floors are located under water. Only the top floor of this palace enjoys the sunshine and rain. Even after 200 years of construction, still its architectural beauty is the same as it was before. The Jal Mahal was built in the year 1799. This historical palace was built by Sawai Pratap Singh, and stands majestically as a supreme example of Rajputs architecture. This palace attracts lots of tourist because of its beauty and architecture.

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The day passed by and few hours later, the students returned to the hotel. Since everyone was so exhausted due to the outing, all doze off to sleep.

October 11, 2017, Wednesday, 0800 hrs, The Ruby Hotel, Jaipur

It was the second day of the tour. The students woke quite early. After having the breakfast, the group went to visit OweBest Pvt. Tech. Ltd.

The company infrastructure was divided mainly into two sections, viz. the Training Section and the Programming section. The company representatives introduced the students with the new technologies used in the industries. They made the students aware of their working techniques and some of the prosperous projects which they were working on. Some of the students asked questions about programming methodologies, designing and testing, and the career aspects related to the firm. They all were happy with the positive feedbacks they received.

 

Again, the group set out to search some more beautiful sites of Jaipur.

One of them was the Birla Temple, a modern Lakshmi Narayan temple built in 1988 .This temple forms one of the most beautiful attractions of Jaipur. The fascinating exteriors of the temple are carved splendidly with beautiful sculptures based on mythological themes, while the interiors having a large marble panel portraying mythological events.

The other one was the Birla Planetarium. The M. P. Birla Planetarium, since its inception, has designed and presented to the public and students more than 350 astronomical projects dealing with many facets of astronomy like astro-physics, celestial mechanics, space science, history of astronomy, centenaries of famous astronomers as well as mythology concerning stars and planets. The students saw the space show there and came to know more about some unrevealed mysteries of space.

 

The group then visited the Albert Hall museum where lies a real mummy and many more ancient artifacts. They also went to the Bapu Bazaar which is one of the most popular bazaars of Jaipur, famous for drawing the highest numbers of shoppers. In the evening the students went for shopping to the Pink Square mall. The group returned to the hotel by 2200 hrs.

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October 12 2017, Thursday, 0800 hrs , Jaipur City

It was the last day of the trip and all planned to enjoy as much as possible for their remaining stay at Jaipur.

The group went to the many popular forts of Jaipur like The Jaigarh fort and The Nahargarh Fort. The Jaigarh fort, rugged and similar in structural design to the Amer Fort, is also known as the Victory Fort. The fort features a cannon named Jaivana, which was manufactured in the fort precincts and was then the world’s largest cannon on wheels. The fort also showcases an armoury and a museum. The Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the city of Jaipur. Along with the Amer Fort and the Jaigarh Fort, the Nahargarh Fort once formed a strong defense ring for the city. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means ‘ The Abode of Tigers’. The students were mesmerized by the view from Nahargarh fort. The whole of the Jaipur City was visible from there since it is situated at a great height. And eventually, after this all went back to the hotel.

 

October 12 2017, Thursday, 1400 hrs, Jaipur Railway Station

It was now time to depart from Jaipur. The returning train was scheduled for 1420 hrs. So, everyone packed their luggage and reached the Jaipur station.

By the next morning, October 13, 2017, Friday, 0700hrs, the group was back to Haldwani.

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The whole tour was an exciting and rewarding journey for all—a team building experience. It is sure that all of the students made some great memories over there to be cherished in future. For some, it was the first time they had an opportunity to journey beyond their home state.

This tour according to everyone was really very educative and indeed a memorable one.

Contributed By :

Ritika Joshi

B. Tech. C.S.E. II Year