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Postgraduate Hospitality and Tourism Courses

Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:19

Over the last few years the tourism and hospitality industry has seen a high level of growth.  Now more than ever before, cheaper travel has made it possible to explore every part of the world and the number of people requiring entertainment and hospitality services is growing to accommodate customer numbers.
Employers now expect their management teams to demonstrate an array of skills such as data analysis, decision-making and people management – a postgraduate degree in Hospitality Management can help you acquire these skills and demonstrate that you are the right person for the job.

Why Study Hospitality Management?
If you want  a career in a fast-paced industry with fantastic prospects, then the tourism and hospitality industry could be just what you are looking for. Successful candidates need to be outgoing and full of energy and in possession of good organisation and people skills – providing an excellent customer experience will always be your top priority. Jobs in hospitality management will most likely involve irregular working hours; however, if you are adaptable and always ready for a new challenge, then a leisure and tourism career will mean that you are never bored.

The World Travel Organisation have predicted the hospitality sector will continue to grow and could triple in size within ten years, making it one of the largest industries in the world. This of course means that there will be many exciting employment opportunities in the years to come. Employers will want people who can demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and qualifications to take on management positions.

By studying hospitality management at postgraduate level, you will gain an extra insight into the industry therefore increasing your employability. This is a highly competitive industry and a postgraduate course is an excellent way for aspiring managers to gain an edge over other candidates.

Hospitality Management courses are often closely linked to Sports, Leisure and Tourism programs due to their similar course content.  These sectors are often closely interlinked, meaning that students will be able to develop transferable skills and learn more about related businesses, therefore expanding their career opportunities.

How are Postgraduate Hospitality Management Courses Taught?
Postgraduate Hospitality Management courses are usually taught courses involving lectures and seminars and full time programs usually last for one year (part time courses usually take two tears). Course fees vary depending on the institution and often correlate to the reputation of a university. Many institutions will have some funding opportunities, so check individual university websites for more details. Websites will also have details of university open days, which are a great way to find out more about the course, meet members of staff that you might study with and get a general feel for the institution.

It’s really important to shop around when looking for a course as your studies will have a significant impact on the way you manage in the future.  You will find that most courses help you to develop transferable research and management skills, which are useful to include on your CV for any job. Some courses focus on certain parts of the hospitality industry, such as catering management or hotels, whilst others offer a broader overview of the industry. Selecting the best course is about finding the one that matches your needs and interests most closely.

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