Austin Crawley always knew he wanted a career helping people, beginning with a part-time job at a pharmacy in Year 10. But the alignment of some key events helped him find his dream job.
Work experience placements in Year 10 and 12 with Adriano Zumbo Patisserie and The Langham hotel, helped Austin realise that hospitality was his passion and he applied for VU’s Bachelor of Business.
As a resident of UniLodge @ VU, Austin also credits his stint as a resident advisor (RA) during his first year with teaching him valuable skills for his future career.
“The RA role involved being on-call for after-hours support, welcoming new students and settling them in, letting people into their rooms as well as running community events for UniLodge @ VU. This turned out to be great preparation for my next step.”
In the third year of my Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality Management/Human Resource Management) degree, I had the opportunity to apply for Work-integrated Learning with RACV and was selected for a 12-month paid position at the RACV Club. Only one student is selected for the program each year, so I knew I had to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when it presented itself!”
The technical hospitality skills I learnt in the RACV Co-op placement are invaluable. From learning how to carry three plates and hold a tray correctly, to being rotated through almost every department and location throughout the year, I got to learn about the day-to-day operations of the hospitality business first-hand.”
My long-term career goal is to change Australians’ perceptions of a career in hospitality and be a leader of positive change in the industry.”
Austin’s advice for students looking at study options?
“My advice to any student considering study is look beyond just what your friends or family have traditionally done or chosen. Consider the lifestyle, level of support offered and find a uni culture that suits you. Be prepared to work hard, take every opportunity you get and most of all – believe in yourself."