Employer: Paula Ntalianis, Group Training Manager – Hotel, Food and Beverage, Crown Limited.
VU graduate Paula Ntalianis started an internship at Crown nearly 15 years ago and has since continued to support and promote the University’s Work-Integrated-Learning program.
"As the Group Training Manager for Crown Resorts, one of the main areas of focus is to promote career opportunities and learning pathways that attract future hoteliers to the Crown brand.
The program at Victoria University prepares students for real life industry experience. VU’s teaching staff set realistic expectations, and the course structure provides a strong link between theory and skills-based learning.
Over the last 10 years, Crown has employed over 30 students, and we’ve had some amazing successes with graduates who have built their careers here. Students have started in frontline roles and progressed to more specialised roles upon graduation.
My advice to anyone thinking of pursuing a career in tourism and hospitality is to be open-minded during your BIL year. Work hard, be flexible and more importantly stay passionate about the industry, using the opportunity to network and learn from others."
The hotel industry is a significant sector of the Australian economy. In addition to providing employment opportunities for more than 270,000 people across the country, hotels are significant consumers of locally supplied goods and services, provide much-needed support to local sporting and community organisations, and provide a valuable service as a meeting place and entertainment hub for both tourists and the local community.
Over A$337 million of income is generated by the Victorian hospitality industry, accounting for almost 25 per cent (or A$13.6 billion) of the total income generated nationwide (Business Victoria). Hospitality employment rates are expected to improve in the next four years (Job Outlook).
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