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Tourism and hospitality
What majors can I study?
The following are just some of the majors you can study in this
What you’re in for
Tourism and hospitality has become something of a glamour field
in the last decade or so. As hotels, restaurants and travel
services have become more sophisticated, traditional Australian
attitudes to ‘serving’ have changed dramatically.
For more information about careers in tourism and
hospitality, go to www.tourismtraining.com.au. If you are
interested in this field, you should also look at courses in the
related areas of business and management or sport and leisure
Courses and specialisations
The increasing profile of niche trading sectors such as
ecotourism, cultural tourism, wine tourism and sport tourism has
created growth in the industry, and new markets continue to
emerge, including heritage tourism and Indigenous tourism.
Courses in this field are largely vocationally oriented, so
many require students to work in on-campus training facilities and
include compulsory periods of industry placement — often paid.
You can build up your portfolio of skills and references by finding
part-time or casual work in the industry.
Where to study
In the past, most people in the tourism, hospitality and related
industries had little training, with most gaining the relevant
knowledge and skills on the job. These days, both vocational and
higher education qualifications at various levels are offered by a
range of institutions. While TAFEs and private providers were the
first to offer courses in this field, universities have followed suit,
especially those in regions known for their tourism industry.
Private institutions and TAFE institutes do well in this field,
probably because many are good at teaching students ‘how to’
and not just ‘about’ work in tourism and hospitality. A number are
residential schools where students work on the premises as part
of their course. Note that fees may seem high at some of these
providers, but they usually include accommodation and meals.
Make an enquiry to be sure.
Whichever kind of provider you choose (TAFE, university or
private college), you should look for practical training — either on
the job or through on-campus simulation. Make sure the course is
fully accredited by the Australian Hospitality (or Tourism Training)
Review Panel, and check whether the course is recognised by
any international industry organisations. Knowledge and skills
gained in this industry are increasingly transferable worldwide,
and many students head overseas as soon as they have
graduated. A course that doesn’t meet international standards
could reduce your options and leave you stuck at home. Ask the
institution you’re interested in for evidence of its graduates’
success in getting jobs, and find out whether you will be offered
any help looking for work.
Finally, be aware that demand for some courses is high. To
compare entry difficulty and the cost of Commonwealth
Supported Places (CSPs) at different institutions, see ‘What’s on
offer and who’s there’. Note that while public universities offer
only CSPs, private higher education providers may offer full-fee
places in this field.
Hotel and hospitality studies
To find out which higher education providers have courses with these
specialisations, use the Index on page 562.
What’s on offer and who’s there
over 25 yrs
For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 587
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