Career Clinic

10 March 2005 by
Career Clinic

The expert panel
Our expert panel comprises representatives from the Hotel and Catering Training Company (HCTC), MaydayExec, Bartlett Mitchell, Learnpurple, Conran and Portfolio International.

The question
I am a Nigerian university graduate attending a course in food and beverage service at a UK college. My aim is to do a masters degree in hospitality management and become a hotel manager in the future. But is this the best path?

I would say in your situation it would be important to finish your studies in food and beverage services to get all-round basic training in the industry.

If you want to develop your career and are aiming to become a hotel manager, the best course of action you could take is on-the-job training. Try to find a large chain of hotels that can offer structured management training, allowing you to work in each department within the hotel.

Look for a hotel company that has hotels throughout the world, which will give you the opportunity to experience working within countries and cultures. The good hotel chains will look at a two-year management training plan for you, and if you still want to do a masters degree in hospitality management, it would be best to do this through Open University, allowing you to study while gaining valuable work experience.
David Goldfarb, director, MaydayExec
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