Hotel and tourism take you to the dynamic and most innovative industries. The opportunity is vast for those who are passionate to join the industry of their choice. The hospitality and tourism industry is a great platform to continue the ladder of career growth and development. It is a growing industry, fast-paced, operational, 24/7; it provides the opportunity to take you to places and meet people from around the globe.
But, before choosing this field, it is vital to know the interest of the students and their individual differences; this can be determined by providing appropriate diagnostic examinations and screening. Some of them are interested in academics; some are into applied sciences and others will be suited for technical-vocational programs.
It is one of the most important goals of a nation to keep track of its employment status while keeping an eye with the educational system
The government has to provide the students with a proper educational platform that suits their interests where they will thrive, grow, and obtain high marks. This will prepare them to be skillful and be part of a quality workforce.
Teachers and parents have to work hand in hand by guiding the students to look into the possibility of opting for Practical and Technical Education like of what is evident at the US, Europe, Japan and other progressive countries. They should also provide and focus on technical - vocational education, along with non-formal education, to eliminate out of school youth and provide a job for the unemployed.
It is one of the most important goals of a nation to keep track of its employment status while keeping an eye with the educational system. The following major issues are faced in today's formal education platform that needs to be addressed:
A.Insufficient funding for education, lack of trained teachers and classrooms, no books and learning materials, the exclusion of children with disabilities and with the 'wrong' gender, living in a state - in conflict or at risk of conflict, the distance from home to school, hunger and poor nutrition, and the expense of education.
B.Parents tend to choose a career path for their children instead of guiding them to practical and technical courses. They focus on sending their children to courses like Medicine, Law and Engineering and they end up with no suitable job, hence having to move on, looking for a job overseas that leads to "Brain Drain".
As a student, you need to know what your passion is. Love what you do and be a person of your commitment. Study and work hard because education is always the key to a bright future. Attitude comes next to being qualified and skillful. If you have the right attitude, skills and qualifications, you have what it takes to become successful and a career leader in the future. (As told to HER Team)
Nigel Viegas, Executive Director
Nigel Viegas is currently the Executive Director of Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail (BIHR), Kingdom of Bahrain. His academic qualifications include a B.Sc. & Master's degree in Hospitality Management and a three-year Diploma in Hotel & Hospitality Management. He worked with well-reputed organizations like Bahrain International Hotel, Le Royal Meridien, Hotel Victoria Relais Chateau and many more before joining BIHR.