Bachelor Degree kick starts Anthony’s career
Anthony Mihindu (Nirshan Anthony Mihindukulasuriya), an international student from Sri Lanka, was looking for an opportunity to build on his hospitality industry knowledge, and decided that studying at William Angliss Institute was the best way to pursue his dream job.
He began his study journey by undertaking the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management, which equipped him with the fundamentals of hospitality operations. Anthony’s positive experience at Angliss influenced his decision to utilize the Angliss pathways that were available to him as a student, and he enrolled with credit, into the Bachelor of Resort and Hotel Management (Professional Practice).
The Bachelor of Resort and Hotel Management (Professional Practice) includes a one year paid work placement and Anthony joined TFE Hotels for his placement.
Anthony is now employed at Travelodge Hotels in Hobart and Hobart Airport, where he has been able to put his Angliss skills into practice. Within two years of completing his degree, his career has progressed from the role of Bar Tender, to Hotel Receptionist and then to Assistant Hotel Manager.
“The practical application during my professional year with TFE Hotels was so very important and allowed me to really put the theory into practice – with great results! I was constantly applying my Angliss knowledge to my workplace and seeing the outcomes in a real work environment. I enjoyed having the facilities we had on campus and all the relationships I fostered at Angliss.” he said.
“I can confidently say that room division, marketing, managing resort operations, leadership & coaching, revenue management, human resource management, and hospitality legal issues were the most valuable aspects for me and they are modules that have stood me in good stead in my career.”
“When I started my Diploma of Hospitality at Angliss, I was still learning, so I started a job as a Bar Hand. By the time I finished my degree, I was a Duty Manager (with a team selected to open a new-build hotel), and now I am Assistant Hotel Manager looking after two properties in the same city.”
For anyone wanting to get into the field, he said, “Be yourself and take all opportunities for self-development. Above all, seek feedback and use this to reflect and grow. And, most importantly, if you love what you do, it will show in your day-to-day.”
Anthony suggests others who want to forge a path in hotel management consider Angliss, “I can definitely say that doing this course was the best thing I have ever done for myself and I’ll strongly encourage people with a dream to work in this industry to consider doing the same.”