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Yunyi Xu: An international student's experience at William Angliss Institute

International students choose Australia as a study destination for several different reasons, but with so many different learning institutions at their fingertips, what draws them to William Angliss Institute? According to Chinese student Yunyi Xu, who also goes by the name of Cherry, it was the Institute's reputation that drew her in.

Cherry didn't start off at the Institute, instead spending one semester at another education provider embarking on a commerce course. After deeming that unsuitable for her, she enrolled in William Angliss Institute to study hospitality and tourism management.

She was attracted to Australia due to English being her favourite language, and cites the cultural diversity in our country as another big selling point. With a relative already living in Melbourne, Cherry decided it would be an easy transition to adapt to the new environment. She heard from friends that William Angliss Institute was a leader in the hospitality field, and after conducting her own research was interested in the focus on both theoretical and practical development at the school.

Cherry points out many differences between living in Australian and China, with Australia's wide cultural diversity meaning she has classmates from all over the world. Her English skills have come along in leaps and bounds, and says this is a huge advantage when working in the global hospitality and tourism industry. She's enjoyed the group work and presentation side of the Australian course, and says that in China the format was much more about the teacher talking to students and the students simply listening and taking notes. In Australia, students can share their opinions and contribute to the discussion, enabling them to work together and organise ideas as part of a group.

At first, the international student was scared to speak English in front of the class, but she has since made plenty of both local and international friends to boost her confidence and improve her communication and English skills. She's known to enjoy a drink or two with these friends after class, making her study life more interesting. She says the students at the Institute are friendly and kind, and as an international student she feels welcomed.

Cherry initially studied an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality at the Institute, then continued with a Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management. She advanced her study in this way as she wanted to receive a higher degree, and found the year-long work placement in the bachelor's course particularly appealing. She hopes through this she can develop her hospitality and tourism career and gain practical experience in the field before she even graduates. The student says she was lucky enough to get an offer from Extragreen Holidays for her year placement, enabling her to launch her career in Australia. She says this period has taught her a huge amount about the industry, giving her vital knowledge and skills.

After completing the course, Cherry hopes to pursue her passion for tourism and secure a job in the industry. She hopes her higher education qualifications can land her an operations role.

Have a passion for tourism, events and hospitality? Cover it all with a triple diploma

For some people, studying just one topic isn't enough. For those with lofty ambitions and a desire to become highly employable, or anyone excited about the prospect of working across several industries where job roles often intertwine, we have a solution. Our newly launched course, the Diplomas in Travel and Tourism, Events and Hospitality gives you the chance to become an expert in tourism and travel, events and hospitality – giving you triple the career opportunities and triple the fun.

Brace yourself for industry growth

New South Wales has long been a popular tourist destination, and the most recent figures released by the Bureau of Statistics show the state has recently had its highest number of visitor arrivals in eight years, exceeding the national average growth by almost 7 per cent1. With such a strong tourism industry, career opportunities will likely improve and increase as the market expands further. Job opportunities that require multiple skills will increasingly arise – for example, events managers working for major hotel groups and cruise lines will be in high demand, and those with extensive food and beverage management knowledge will be sought after to work on-large scale events and projects. Many businesses are now expecting their staff to have knowledge across most areas of operations, so the ability to slot into different roles and try new things will be highly valued by potential employers as this industry growth continues.

The opportunities don't end with travel and tourism. This growth has a knock on effect across several sectors. The events industry is also booming, so much so that the 2014-15 budget invested $58 million in securing major events in the region2, along with continuing to develop the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney for the cost of around $1 billion. The venue itself and the 616 room hotel which will be attached to the centre will be Australia's biggest fully-integrated exhibition, entertainment and convention facility, set to create ongoing employment for 4,000 and bring in $5 billion to NSW3. With such a solid event future in sight, studying event management courses makes for a smart career choice, particularly when combined in a triple diploma.

Hospitality training will also put you in good stead for a future career, particularly when combined with the above areas of study. Food and wine were declared to be very appealing for travellers heading to NSW in the 'Final report of the visitor taskforce economy'4, which also suggests this industry has yet to reach its full potential. The subjects you will study will capitalise on the expected spend of tourists and locals on food and wine in the area.

Infrastructure projects support growth

Sydney is constantly growing and developing, and the current construction of several  other major projects highlights the potential for future leaders in the tourism, hospitality and events sectors. This growth includes the redevelopment of Barangaroo which will encompass a casino, hotel and food precinct along the harbour foreshore and the approval of a second airport at Badgery's Creek, not to mention the $1 billion re-development of Parramatta.

Study options to get you started

While we offer all three separate qualifications in Melbourne, our Sydney campus has woven the three together so that the course can be completed in one year. This is a perfect fit for students who have local or global industry dreams and goals, with skills that sit comfortably within many different markets. Follow your dreams of working on a cruise liner, major hotel chain, airline or tour company and hit the ground running.

Subjects included in the program include event planning and management, wine tourism, food and beverage management, and airfare coordination. Our practical environment encourages hands-on learning, and the ability to build skills in separate but complementary areas allows for a diverse and multi-disciplined result. Graduates are multi-skilled with clear industry pathways, along with the unique ability to be able to work across many different areas of a business.

The Institute has worked closely with industry groups to ensure this qualification is perfectly tailored to kickstart a flourishing career, including incorporating the basic skills such as first aid and Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) in the program alongside more in-depth subjects such as managing budgets, rostering staff and leadership skills. This means that when you graduate, your skills will be in line with what all three industries require of budding professionals.

Strong growth continues for NSW tourism

2 Budget 2014-15

World class centre for business and entertainment

4Final report of the visitor economy taskforce

How one graduate went from study straight to managing large-scale events

Starlight Children’s Foundation CEO Louise Baxter (centre) and Captain Starlight with Almila Bailey-Ertürk (second from left) and the events team.

A little bit of study can go a long way, and for many of our graduates a simple course, diploma or graduate program at the William Angliss Institute has led them straight into the job of a lifetime.

Almila Bailey-Erturk, a graduate from our Diploma of Event Management and Diploma of Hospitality Management programs, is now travelling around Australia and making people's dreams come true as the National Projects Coordinator for the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Her role entails working with committees to organise and put on Star Balls, which are fundraising galas that take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Darwin each year. The balls blend glitz and glamour with an undertone of goodwill, with all proceeds going directly Starlight to help transform the lives of seriously ill children, teenagers and their families. Each ball has a theme and plenty of entertainment, making it a magical night for all involved.

Almila enjoys working alongside talented people in her role with the Star Balls, and relishes the chance to travel around Australia and call it work. She admits there are challenges to her role, such as working within different committees to deliver events of the highest quality while keeping costs low in line with fundraising goals, but the payoff is more than worth it. The Ringwood local must adhere to strict deadlines and oversee a wide range of tasks in her every day role.

It's not all hard work, though. Once the hard part is over with, Almila gets to watch it all unfold. She cites seeing the events coming together as the best thing about her role, along with witnessing the generosity of those involved with Starlight. In the events industry there is truly never a dull moment, and the fast-paced environment lends itself to new challenges, learning opportunities and plenty of fun each and every day.

The young professional opted to take the Event Management and Hospitality Management courses after volunteering at the FINA World Swimming Championships and deciding to turn her passion into a career. She believes her education at the Institute gave her a broad overview of all elements of event management, along with the practical skills required to stage events from application to completion.

Her studies helped her confidence to grow, and Almila believes the education was responsible for securing her first job within the industry, which was as an Events and Membership Officer at APNA. When applying for this role, she impressed her employers with an event plan she had completed as part of the course, and Almila believes this helped her secure the role. Since then, she says she's used everything she learnt at the Institute in her career.

Since her early days in the industry, Almila also worked as the Events Coordinator at the Melbourne Racing Club, before stepping up to Acting Events Marketing Manager to coordinate the Festival of Racing. She says her study gave her the vast skills and knowledge required to not only successfully complete these tasks, but also build on her experience and advance her career. She's not content yet, however – eventually, Almila wants to own and operate her own Event Management Company working on a national and international portfolio of events. With her experience and solid educationfrom William Angliss Institute, it's looking increasingly likely that she'll do just that.

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