Student Bidhya Poudel is living the dream since coming to Australia in January 2018.
While on his industry placement with Australian passenger train operator Great Southern Rail (GSR), Bidhya Poudel earned an employee Star Award.
With GSR, Bidhya worked on board The Ghan, on its 2979 km rail journey of 54 hours between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin, and The Indian Pacific, a transcontinental three - day rail journey between Sydney and Perth.
He earned praise for the high-level of customer service he provided during a freight train derailment, which subsequently interrupted passenger train services.
For the past year, he has also worked his way up from Head Waiter, to Supervisor to Assistant Manager in a part-time capacity at the Taj Tandoor restaurant in Adelaide.
Bidhya, who joined ICHM from the Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management (NATHM), says ICHM is the culmination of a long-held dream to pursue a Swiss Hotel Association degree.
‘I really love the course; the lecturers are amazing as are the opportunities to network, network, network!
‘Further, I have found the managers in the Industry & Career Development team really helpful and I’m looking to return to GSR for my next placement in July, potentially on the new passenger rail service between Adelaide and Brisbane’, he says.
Bidhya’s ambition is to eventually return to Nepal and set up his own hospitality establishment.
Bidhya was among a dozen or so Nepalese graduates and agents at a dinner, recently hosted by ICHM Chief Executive Gerald Lipman and his wife Louise at their home.
ICHM established a partnership with government owned NATHM in Kathmandu in 2008 and has gone on to secure pathways with five other hotel colleges in Kathmandu, including the Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education (GATE).