‘The Best of Hospitality’ preview set to highlight the many job careers in industry
KUCHING: The hospitality and tourism industries have always been big contenders when it comes to national earnings, making these two sectors regulars in the list of top 5 revenue earners in Malaysia.
Not surprisingly, the government has made these sectors part of the economic transformation programmes while the Sarawak government has included tourism as one of the 10 priority industries in SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy).
Globally, these industries are also huge revenue earners, chalking up billions of dollars in profit.
Recent growth within the hospitality and tourism sectors has also been immense, meaning that those within the industries or planning to enter the industry have good job prospects.
“In Malaysia, the tourism industry was the country's second biggest foreign exchange earner with 23.6 million tourist arrivals in 2009 and tourist receipts amounting to RM53.3 billion, compared to RM49.6 billion in 2008 with 22 million tourist arrivals,” said SEGi College Sarawak Senior Programme Coordinator Carleen Teo.
“With the hospitality industry's growth rate increasing, the importance of finding good employees is a high priority.”
Historically, the hospitality industry has drawn heavily from the youth labor pool to meet their workforce needs, but in recent trends, the industry has been left with an insufficient pipeline of new workers to satisfy demand.
Faced with a shrinking pipeline of workers, the hospitality industry is increasing its recruitment efforts towards youth.
“This signifies that youths entering their diploma and degree programme now can still reap the rewards of good career opportunities and those who have graduated are assured of jobs waiting for them,” said Teo.
“They are not limited to gaining jobs only in Malaysia but also in countries where the tourism industry is in need of workers.”
In short, those seeking to work outside of the nation can seek out international careers, an international working environment and meet people from different cultural backgrounds.
Regardless of whether they are working in Malaysia or internationally, there is professional diversification and high employability in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Meanwhile, SEGi University College’s Head of School of Tourism and Hospitality, Michael Chew, will be in Kuching on Tuesday, 18th January, 2011 to facilitate a public preview on ‘The Best of Hospitality’.
To be held at SEGi College Sarawak from 6.30pm to 8pm, Chew who has chalked up 36 years of experience in this field will give an overview of benefits and opportunities that come to those who are venturing into these industries.
He has a BA (Hons) in Hotel Business Management from De Montfort University, UK and a MSc in Training Management from the University of Leicester, UK.
SEGI’S NO 1…SEGi students in the College’s Hotel Simulation Room noting that SEGi is the best.
SEGi College Sarawak offers the Diploma in Hospitality Management and Diploma in Tourism Management which offers a pathway to the University of Sunderland, UK BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management.
The Kuching based College has already generated its first two batches of graduates, all of whom have either found jobs in the respective industries or are furthering their studies at the degree level.
More information on the public preview and the programmes offered at SEGi College is obtainable at tel: 082-252566, fax: 082-231355 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.