The era of globalization has made way for inflow of guests and tourists from across the world and associations within the country. The increase in business and pay potential has also strengthened the hotel and airline industry that can be described in a nutshell as the hospitality sector. Hospitality basically refers to offering the best in class facilities with a good and warm experience to visitors and customers. The scope has risen off late for hotel management graduates who are trained in business, human resource and customer services. The career offers glamor as well as motivating challenges as it concerns visitors and customers from various cultures and walks of life.If you think that you have it what it takes to make everyone feel home and you can deal with everything ranging from tantrums to bad behavior in a manner thatis amicable and cordial, the hospitality is the industry for you.
To work in the field of hospitality management a candidate after completing Class 12, must study any of the below-mentioned courses:
- Associate Degree in Hospitality Management
- Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management
- Master Degree in Hospitality Management
- Doctorate Degree in Hospitality Management
BHM – Bachelor of Hotel Management is the basic degree for a career in hospitality management. It is a 4-year course to be studied across 8 semesters of 6 months each. The topics covered under this course are:
- Language proficiency
- Hospitality Communication
- Food and beverage production
- Food and beverage service
- Front office operations
- Housekeeping operations
- Hotel financial accounting
- Hygiene and food safety
- Management principles and practices
- Environmental Science
- Indian Constitution
- Industrial practices
- Hospitality law
- Sales and marketing operations
- Entrepreneurship development
- Accommodation management
- Hotel costing
- Computers in Hospitality services
These are the main topics that are mandatory for a career in hospitality management. While a degree is a mandate, the candidate must have an attractive presentation, good communication skills and the patience and skill to be able to handle customers in challenging situations. Also, a higher degree in hospitality management can be pursued for better career prospects. One such course is MHM – Master of Hotel Management which is an intensive four-semester degree program. The course develops a high level of skills in hospitality related business sciences, finances, operational plans, strategic management, and problem-solving. It is a post graduate course which can be studied in various branches as below:
- MHM – Hospitality finance and marketing
- MHM – Food service management
- MHM – Rooms DivisionManagement
Both BHM and MHM courses are offered at AP Goyal Shimla University and one gets to witness the state of the art infrastructure and good guidance from professional faculties once enrolled into any of the courses.
For BHM – any individual who has completed class 12 or a 10+2 equivalent may pursue BHM as a degree course. Minimum 50% aggregate marks in class 12 are mandatory. A pleasing personality with good communication skills is a must for all those candidates who want to take up hospitality management as a career
For MHM you must possess a bachelor’s degree in any stream although BHM is desirable.
AP Goyal Shimla University offers admission to both BHM and MHM courses subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria.
The cost of BHM ranges fromRs. 30000 to Rs. 40000 per semester in reputed universities while MHM costs between Rs. 1.5 Lac to Rs. 2.5 Lac based on the university offering the course. The fee, however, is not inclusive of the hostel fee, library fee and exam fees which are to be paid additionally.
The hospitality industry offers prospects for good career growth and financial stability. Some of the popular designations that a hospitality management graduate may assume are:
- Lodging Manager
- Restaurant manager
- Casino manager
- Cruise manager
- Travel agent
- Hotel manager
- Event Manager
- Facilities Manager
- Airline crew coordinator
MHM is preferred in top 5 star hotels over BHM since the job profile needs more proficiency and skills. The different roles up for offer post-MHMare:
- General Manager
- Resident manager
- Executive housekeeper
- Front office manager
- Convention service manager
The scope of employment is not limited to the above list and is dependent on the organization hiring candidates for their positions. Jobs can also be secured in the entertainment and leisure industry by those in the field of hospitality management.
Numerous hospitality professionals have been churned out from AP Goyal Shimla University that have secured employment at various positions mentioned above in the hotels and airlines sector.
Salary and Perks
The career grows from basic service level to managerial level based on qualification and experience. The salary of a hospitality management graduate is anywhere above INR 300000 per annum. Additional to the salary, bonuses, and incentives can also be earned. There are countries which offer high earning part-time jobs in the field of hotel management. In India, a general manager earns between Rs. 500000 to Rs. 1200000 annually. The salary is not limited to the above-mentioned figures and varies depending upon the level of the hotel. The salaries are usually high in 5-star hotels and resorts as compared to other establishments.
The sky is the limit when it comes to earning potential of talented students and in the past many students from AP Goyal Shimla University have secured well-paying jobs in various reputed organizations.
There is huge scope for hospitality management in all tourist destinations of the world. Airlines also employ hospitality management graduates. Government funds have also been set up to support aspiring students through scholarships and hence it is a wise choice to opt for hospitality management as a career for a bright future and luxurious lifestyle.