Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Apr 2018 15:42:48



By ujwala sonawane

Career in the Hotel management industry popularly known as Hospitality industry encompasses many job opportunities under one umbrella. Growth in Travel and Tourism have increased Jobs world wide, while sectors in the industry have increased. When one thinks of Travel a line of questions hit us, How do we book tickets to a destination, means of travel, Accommodation, Local travel arrangements, Food and Beverage, Places of interest during the stay, things to do, and above all how economical would all this be? And the people involved in this journey are Hospitality professionals, experts in their own field.

A Career in Hotel Management would help one find a Job in Five star Hotels, Resorts, Budget Hotels, Service apartments, Luxury and comfort stays. The main four pillars of the hotel being Food Production where culinary professionals display their art and skill in cooking various delectable dishes, Culinary professionals also hone their skills in Food plating, Food styling, Food photography and the latest being cooking with a twist where every chef would like to add uniqueness to his or her preparation. A chef’s career can start from a junior chef, Chef de partie, Sous chef, executive chef, Director Food and beverage, the promotions are many. ITM IHM offers a three year degree programme in Culinary Arts, with a sizable number of alumni working in prestigious companies in India and abroad.The next Pillar is Food and Beverage Service where in nuances of food service and production are a must, Service sector is vast ranging from Hotels, Stand alone restaurants, Quick service Restaurants, Luxury Bars, Banquets, Event management, Airport Lounge, Parlour cafes, Winery e.t.c where food is served to guest with a systematic, appealing and appetising approach, ITM IHM offers a degree program and a Certificate course in Service operations leading to opportunities of work in sectors of Service. A service personal can join as service associate and grow to become Food and Beverage Manager leading to General Manger.

The Housekeeping subject equips the student in all aspects of good housekeeping, hygiene, interior décor, colour and design, upkeep and maintenance of all areas. The freshness and beautification of a Hotel/ work space/ facility using modern equipment's, chemicals and methods is that one learns in this department, students after perusing a degree program in Hotel Management can choose to specialise in housekeeping department and begin their career as Housekeeping associate and move up the grades to become executive housekeeper leading a good chance eventually to also become a General manager.Front office is a department focusing on Room revenues, sales and marketing skills, All service sectors be it a front office of a Hotel, Corporate office, Tour operators, travel agencies, Airlines or a Hospital, hotel management professionals have been the first choice.
Today’s young generation is more inclined to startup business of their own Food Trucks are operated as in and around the city, providing fresh and hygienic menu. Students good at culinary skills are choosing this option as it benefits in terms of time management, space and capital investments.

Home stay are becoming popular in tourist destinations, providing tourist with comfortable stay with an experience, the latest interesting homestay is slum stay where a lot of foreign tourist are attracted to the concept.Service apartments have become popular for corporate clients, where employees are expected to travel often, an home style apartment with all basic amenities are provided.Hospitality students find it easy to work in India and abroad, International brands setting up Hotels or merging with hotel companies makes the industry complex, leaves an impact on the local economy.
ITM Institute of Hotel Management provides a three year degree program in Hotel Management, Culinary Arts, Diploma in Culinary arts, Certificate course in Hospitality and Bakery and Patisserie. Eligibility for the degree course is 10 + 2 in any stream. (The author is Associate Dean, ITM IHM)