Author International Hotel School   |  August 15, 2017

Places to work

  • Hotel
  • Holiday resort
  • Game lodge
  • Guest house
  • Events company
  • Conference centre
  • Gaming and entertainment venue
  • Airline/Airport
  • Cruise ship
  • Theme park
  • Country club

(among many others)

Are you finishing matric and not sure what to study? Do you love travel and people? If so, why not consider a career in the hospitality industry

Hotel receptionist

What is hospitality?

Hospitality is all about hosting guests and providing for people’s needs. As a career, hospitality can take many forms. It includes everything from owning and running hotels, to working as a chef in a restaurant, to organising events, and a multitude of things in between. The hospitality industry serves people all over the globe when it comes to accommodation, travel, tourism, eating out and entertainment in general.

What kind of future would the hospitality industry offer me?

There are endless possibilities in the world of hospitality. Let’s have a look at some of the career opportunities and places you could work.

Career opportunities

  • Hotelier– Own and manage a hotel or a collection of hotels
  • Management– Classy hotels, beach resorts, country lodges, posh restaurants etc.
  • Event planning, organising and executing– Weddings, functions, concerts
  • Project development– Planning and developing new holiday accommodation/entertainment venues, sports facilities or theme parks
  • Entrepreneur Starting up and managing your own business
  • Human Resources Management– Managing people within a company, including employment, development of abilities, and basically watching over people for both their and their company’s best interest
  • Public Relations Officer– Looking after the public image of a company and managing communications between the company and the public
  • Tour guide– Leading tour groups of people around areas of interest, teaching and informing about areas, buildings, local history, places to visit, etc. (This can also apply to field guides who lead people in tours around game reserves or on bird-watching expeditions)
  • Marketing– Marketing of hotels, spas, restaurants, etc.
  • Sales– Increasing sales of hospitality “products” like time spent at game lodges, wellness centres or eateries
  • Chef– Creating menus, preparing and cooking foods for restaurants or catering, training and teaching students to cook

 

What qualifications are there?

The International Hotel School offers a selection of qualifications:

Hospitality Management Programmes

Full time

3 Year Diploma in Hospitality Management
3 Year Diploma in Hospitality Management with American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) recognition
1 Year Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management
1 Year Higher Certificate in Events Management

Traineeship (In-Service)

2 Year Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management<

Part-time

1 Year Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management
Food and Beverage Management Programmes

Full time

3 Year Diploma in Professional Cookery and Kitchen Management
3 Year Diploma in Professional Cookery and Kitchen Management with American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) recognition
1 Year Higher Certificate in Food and Beverage Management

Traineeship (In-Service)

2 Year Higher Certificate in Food and Beverage Management

Part-time

1 Year Higher Certificate in Food and Beverage Management

Culinary Arts Programmes

Full time

2 Year Culinary Arts Combined Programme with Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) 
2 Year Culinary Arts Combined Programme
1 Year Culinary Arts Programme with Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH)
1 Year Culinary Arts Programme
1 Year Patisserie Programme

Traineeship (In-Service)

2 Year Professional Cookery

Part-time

1 Year Culinary Arts Programme

The choice is yours.

Deciding what to do after matric can seem like a huge decision. Give yourself plenty of time to choose what you want to do and don’t rush. You can leave your details for our consultants and make an appointment to go and see them and they can help you with your decision, and if you are ready, you can apply here.

Along the same lines:

How to get your hospitality dream job in 5 easy steps
https://ihs.clab.co.za/get-hospitality-dream-job-5-easy-steps/

Gap year vs studying: the pros and cons
https://ihs.clab.co.za/gap-year-vs-studying-the-pros-and-cons/

Four awesome perks of the hospitality lifestyle
https://ihs.clab.co.za/four-awesome-perks-of-the-hospitality-lifestyle/