ECU Hospitality students taking the Professional Industry Experience unit (TSM3300) have been offered full-time employment as a direct result of their work placements, completed in a variety of hotels around Perth.
Students completed between 80 to 120 hours of work at hotels, including Joondalup Resort Hotel, Holiday Inn, Duxton Hotel, Sebel Mandurah and Intercontinental Hotel Burswood, and were assessed as part of their final marks for the unit.
Senior Lecturer, Ms Desiree Casimir, who has been running the unit for five years and has built up strong relationships with some of Perth’s leading hotels, is delighted with her students’ success.
“This unit has developed into a great success both for our students and our Hospitality program. Judging from the students' feedback it was not only hugely enjoyable but also a stepping stone directly into a paid position. Work integrated learning is crucial in hospitality and in this case, can propel you straight into the industry, possibly in a Graduate Traineeship Management program for an international hotel chain,’’ she said.
During their work placement, students have the opportunity to work in all areas of the hotel to ensure they gain a holistic view of operations, and to allow them to apply classroom theory in everyday situations. The work placement is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and experience to help them in their future career.
Students Cillia Saethershaen, Rong Li, Hui Dong, Sophie Taminau, Thao PhuongNguyen, Kate-Rae Smith, and Runyararo Faith Marimo were among those selected for full-time employment after completing the Professional Industry Experience unit. They will commence in their new roles after graduating.
ECU offers many great opportunities for Hospitality and Tourism students to gain work experience, and this unit is a prime example with 90% of students gaining paid employment straight after completing their work placement.
The Professional Industry Experience unit provides a professionally supervised work integrated learning experience in the hospitality and/or tourism industries. The focus of the unit is on the personal and professional development of the individual student in extending their current level of knowledge and competence as a manager or potential manager. ECU also offers the Food and Beverage Management unit (HOS2110), which allows students to gain hands-on experience in Degrees Restaurant, located in Building 9 on ECU’s Joondalup Campus.
For more information please contact:
Ms Desiree Casimir
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure,
Faculty of Business & Law