27.04.18 | OnCourse

High Praise

This semester’s Career Fair on 24 April attracted more than 50 hoteliers (from 21 brands), and Rochelle Choyna was among them. She is Regional Talent & Culture Manager AccorHotels –Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

‘It’s hard to find people with drive in hospitality; they’re one of a kind.

‘Once a student has found a first placement with us, it’s not unusual for them to return for a second. And we’re a global brand, so there is also the opportunity for them to go back to their home countries and work’, she says.

Mardi Sparrow, Area Director Human Resources – Adelaide for Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) says the group uses the Career Fair to raise brand awareness and meet as many potential recruits as possible.

‘Once we meet a student they go into our database, so there is the opportunity for them to get work in far-flung places,’ she says.

IHG was high on the list for Nepalese students Ramesh Khadka and Bikram Chaulagain, who took the opportunity to network and establish a potential career path.

IHG has more than 5000 hotels across 100 countries.

Denbeigh (Dee) Bogert was upbeat about her chances of returning to work in her hometown of Hobart, Tasmania.

‘ICHM covers all areas of the hospitality industry and I feel that I can provide a good level of service straight away’, she says.

The 20 year-old had started a business degree before switching to ICHM, ‘to do something more hands-on’.

Other brands represented at Career Fair include Hyatt, Marriott International, Crown Resorts, Four Seasons, Star Entertainment and Great Southern Rail, to name just a few.

Through the Career Fair more than 50% of students either source a job or an industry placement, and many recruiters conduct one-on-one interviews prior to or after the event.   

Students arrive well prepared and make the most of the opportunity.

Over the past three-to-four years close to 98% of ICHM’s graduates win a job in less than eight weeks, so students have every reason to be optimistic.