Originally established in 2008 as Gurkhas Institute of Hospitality Management, Oakhill Education Group Australia Pty Ltd trading as RGIT Australia has gone on to expand its scope to deliver a wide range of VET courses in Nursing, Early Childhood Education and Care, Community Services, Aged Care, Business, Leadership and Management, English and Information Technology, as well as a wide variety of Shorty Courses such as Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Barista Coffee Making.
Celebrating ten years this year, hospitality and the culinary arts have remained close to the heart of RGIT Australia. The institute hosts regular buffets on campus for staff, students, and external agents and guests providing opportunities for the college to showcase student talent under the guidance and proud eyes of trainers.
A Forever Evolving Industry
Sangil Huang is an international student, and has been studying Commercial Cookery Certificate III at RGIT Australia for the past nine months with Hospitality Trainer, Ujjal Singh Sardar. The industry, according to Sangpil, is forever evolving. With seven years in the industry working in South Korea, Ireland and Australia, Sangpil knows his way around the kitchen, and says that there is always more to learn.
“I have worked in hospitality in Europe, Asia, and now Australia. I think that Australia is the best place to work if you want to work in the hospitality industry. There’s a great multicultural atmosphere. For example, there aren’t many Italian chefs in Korea!”
Before studying at RGIT Australia, Sangpil worked at an Italian restaurant for a number of years, where he says he saved a lot of money. Studying in two of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne and Hobart, also provides students with a rich, multicultural educational experience.
“I enjoy studying with friends at RGIT Australia, who are from all around the world,” says Sangpil. “They all have a passion for cooking, and we all have lunch together. Everyone brings to the table different skills and backgrounds. I think it’s better to learn.”
When asked where in the world he prefers to work in hospitality, Sangpil says, “I love working in hospitality in Australia, especially in western restaurants. There is so much variety in Melbourne. I have been in Australia for three years now, and I look forward to developing my skills and succeeding in Australia for many years to come.”
Striving for Success
Students like Sangpil strive for success – and in the hospitality industry, if you succeed, you can make it big. Dedicated trainers at RGIT Australia make sure that students have the confidence and the knowledge to achieve that success.
Vivek Rajput is a proud Indian community member in Melbourne, and is the Work-Based Trainer & Assessor at RGIT Australia with over 18 years’ experience in the industry. Vivek spent five years as a hospitality trainer, and has owned and managed three Australian restaurants for the past eight years. We sat down with Vivek to ask him how students can get the most of out the RGIT Australia educational experience, and how to achieve success in the hospitality industry.
“It all starts with what you learn in the classroom,” Vivek says. “Look at it this way; for the thousands of successful people out there, there are millions of people who did not succeed the first time. The key to success is learning from mistakes – whether they be your own or others.”
Learning from Others’ Mistakes: The Key to Success
“There are two ways one can learn from mistakes. The first is learning from one’s own mistakes. This is the hard way. Making mistakes is nothing to be ashamed of, but it doesn’t stop failure from being embarrassing and costly. The second way is to learn from others’ mistakes. At RGIT Australia, you can be sure that your trainers are experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of the industry. Your trainers, just like everybody else, will only have achieved success by learning from mistakes. The difference is, these are the mistakes from which you can learn as a student.
Use your time in the classroom to learn from previous mistake that your trainer or fellow peers may have made before you go and make the same ones after graduation. At the end of the day, ‘how to make mistakes’ is not taught in textbooks. Instead, students have to be proactive. This means don’t be shy. The trainers at RGIT Australia are always welcoming. Ask questions in class. Ask about real-life scenarios. Don’t be the shy student who is afraid to ask questions. Speak up. Do this, and your trainer will surely help you.
Too shy? Ask your trainer after class. One of the advantages of studying at RGIT Australia is that you are surrounded by students from over 50 countries worldwide with trainers from varying backgrounds. This enhances the already unique perspectives and experiences of each student and trainer. One of the beauties of studying in Australia is the approachability of trainers. RGIT Australia trainers are testament to this. Just come and say “hi” or send me an email. Question me. Learn how to communicate and express yourself, and learn how to put yourself out there. Especially at RGIT Australia, we can help you get there.”
Trainers Are Your Best Resource
“RGIT Australia has great facilities – great classrooms, great books, learning materials, computer labs, projectors, recreation rooms and shared learning spaces. But none of these is more valuable than your trainers’ knowledge. That’s the beauty of learning hands-on, practical skills at RGIT Australia. Your trainers have been there and done that.
Consider this: Class is dismissed. You approach your trainer after class and have a quick chat for five minutes. The information you can get from your trainer in those five minutes may very well save you months or even years of making the same mistake before it all comes to a head.
This is the attitude other trainers at RGIT Australia and myself bring to the classroom. Ask for help. Don’t keep your questions to yourself.”
Get out there: How to Get a Job in the Hospitality Industry
“When the time comes to put your knowledge to the test, don’t become just another piece of paper in a pile of CVs. Make sure you stand out. Be different. How do you do this? Talk to your trainer about what kinds of questions your potential employer will ask you. Do your homework. It can be something as simple as studying the restaurant menu. Talking for a couple of minutes about the restaurant’s menu – a menu you’ve taken the time to memorise – now that, I guarantee, will help you get on the right track to success.”
Classes such as RGIT Australia’s free CV writing classes open to all RGIT Australia students are helping students find jobs both while they study and following graduation. Hundreds of students graduate from RGIT Australia’s Melbourne and Hobart campuses each year, gaining employment in some of the most reputable names in the business.
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