If you’re a people’s person and thrive in environments that are geared towards customer satisfaction, then choosing hospitality studies in high school is great opportunity to consider various career paths in the entertainment, recreation, food service and hotel management industries.
Hospitality studies at a high school level is a practical subject that incorporates different themes from the hospitality industry such as food production, food and beverage service and hygiene.
This subject choice is not a requirement to study hospitality in university however at a high school level, students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values that will give them a greater opportunity to flourish in hospitality university studies.
Benefits of choosing this subject in high school allows students to creatively express themselves through cooking and challenges them to think on their feet, work under pressure and find innovative solutions to problems that may arise.
Learners will be introduced to a new world of career opportunities in the Hospitality industry. The options include becoming a Culinary Chef where they can head their own restaurant or become a food journalist where they travel from restaurant to restaurant to taste new innovative dishes.
Working for a major retail store is also a possibility, testing food and planning the new products to be put on shelves (Food and Beverage buyers and planners).
Learners can work anywhere in the world, in hotels, game lodges, restaurants and even cruise ships as chefs, waiters and/or managers. Below are other career opportunities in the hospitality industry:
Food and beverage managers
Food service managers
Food product and Menu developers
Food safety and Quality Assurance managers
Food and Beverage buyers and planners
Food product marketers
Inge-Mari Daneel, Hospitality and Consumer studies teacher at Abbotts College Pretoria East mentions that there are several benefits of studying hospitality in high school that goes beyond flourishing in the industry after school. She say’s students are equipped with life skills that can be used in any situation.
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