Similar to many other graduates, Nepalese Gaurab Ghimire earned his first full-time position from his final industry placement.
Graduate Gaurab Ghimire’s last industry placement was at Mercure Alice Springs Resort, in the heart of Australia’s outback.
There for six months from July to December 2018, he was subsequently offered a full-time position as Receptionist/Night Auditor.
Gaurab says the design of ICHM’s program, with an industry placement in each alternative semester, was the inspiration for him to travel to Australia and join ICHM.
‘Hotel management requires theoretical knowledge combined with industry experience and exposure. Hence ICHM’s course design is uniquely suited to anyone looking to pursue a career in hotels, from operational to top-level management roles’, he says.
Gaurab hails from one of ICHM’s affiliated schools in Nepal, the Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education (GATE) in Kathmandu.
Before joining ICHM in 2017, he had already worked in eateries in England; at the Ritz Carlton in Doha, Qatar, United Arab Emirates; and a restaurant and bar in Kathmandu, Nepal.
He graduated from GATE in 2016 and will graduate from ICHM in 2019, with the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management and Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association).
His other industry placement while at ICHM was as Guest Service Agent, Park Hyatt Sydney. While studying, he also had part-time contracts with InterContinental, Adelaide, International Convention Centre, Sydney; and Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval.
Gaurab says ICHM contributed significantly to his development, both personally and professionally.
‘The international environment of studying under the same roof with people from many cultures gave me an appreciation of diverse cultures, which are a feature of hotels.
‘From a personal perspective, ICHM taught me the importance of politeness, a positive attitude and the need to network to continuously improve in everything I do. Professionally, ICHM helped me figure out the opportunities available and it also prepared me for the challenges ahead’, he says.
With a willingness to always try something new in his areas of work, Gaurab is looking forward to the opportunities associated with his recent appointment to the position of Receptionist/Night Auditor.
He says that ICHM is a perfect platform for those who really want to step into a hotel career.
‘The study at ICHM is always fun, and it’s within a family like college environment and friendly lecturing staff’, he says.
Long term, Gaurab aims to run a hotel and potentially build a franchise operation.
In 2008 ICHM established a partnership with the government-owned Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management in Kathmandu. Since then, it has secured pathways with five other hotel colleges in Kathmandu, including GATE.