Aiming high in hospitality

THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT: Ms Chen found the modules offered by Edinburgh Napier University practical and interesting. The appeal of the course also lay in its short duration, and hands-on work that will help her in a future job.


    Aug 26, 2014

    Aiming high in hospitality

    BEING in the hotel industry comes with various challenges, but the beauty of it is meeting people from all over the world.

    This is what attracted Rachel Chen to the industry, but to stand out, she knew she needed a university degree.

    "I would like to be in the hotel line, as I already have two years of experience under my belt. I am aiming to become a senior manager," she said.

    She set her mind on the Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Edinburgh Napier University, which is offered by PSB Academy, a leading private educational institution in Singapore.

    The university is ranked among the top 100 universities in the United Kingdom, according to The Guardian University League Tables 2015.

    It is also ranked among the top 100 in the UK for graduate prospects by The Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

    Ms Chen did her research before making her decision.

    "I found the modules more practical and interesting (than other universities'). It is also a recognised certificate in terms of employment or furthering my education," she said.

    For Ms Chen, the appeal of the course also lay in its short duration, and hands-on work that will help her in a future job.

    Those who hold relevant polytechnic diplomas can enter the programme directly at the third-year level, and complete the degree in eight months.

    Ms Chen also said that her lecturers are keen to help, and that replies to e-mail queries are prompt.

    Studying at PSB Academy is not just about getting a certificate. Help is also available when it comes to the next step - getting a job.

    Career-readiness workshops, which equip students with resume-writing and interview skills, and even the PSB Academy Career Portal, where potential employers can view resumes, are available.

    Modules are taught with future employment in mind, said Ms Chen.

    "It helps me better understand what my job scope requires of me to produce a more manageable workplace," she said.

    While the degree also offers a part-time option, she decided to do it full-time because she wanted to complete her studies sooner, to progress and do better in a future job.

    She said: "With new skills in one hand and a degree in the other, I am looking forward to a new and promising dawn in the future."