After four years studying medicine at University of Western Sydney, I wanted to find a career I could be passionate about. In 2015, I completed a Management course at Claredon Business College in Sydney, then worked for two years as a restaurant manager. During this time, I realised I needed further study specialising in hospitality - not only to pursue senior management roles in the industry, but also for my future as an entrepreneur.
I started at University of Canberra and after one semester I discovered the degree did not specialise in hospitality. I spoke to a friend who opened a chain of dessert shops in Sydney after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and she recommended Le Cordon Bleu to further my studies. I started a Master of International Hospitality Management at Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide in 2019.
My nationality is Burmese, I was born in Myanmar in South-East Asia. Our culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism, going to Pagoda (temple) is a large part of our daily lives. Burmese people are very helpful and kind.
My family’s business is in the hotel industry in Myanmar which, as a growing tourist destination, has many emerging business opportunities in hospitality and tourism.
The hospitality environment is so dynamic, no two days will ever be the same which is why being a restaurant manager in this industry is very exciting. My inspiration to work in the hospitality industry is the reward I get from interacting with customers and people.
I’ve been working at Mercure Grosvenor hotel (Accor Hotel) as Food & Beverage Team Leader for over a year. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, my work was interrupted, however my master’s degree studies at Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide continued.
Recently I began applying for restaurant management roles across Australia. After only 3 weeks, I secured an interview with an award-winning Thai restaurant Khao Pla in Sydney and happily, I won the job for Restaurant Manager (this employment also qualifies as industry placement). In the last 7 years, Khao Pla has won many industry awards, and is considered one of the best Thai restaurants in Sydney by Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide (2015) and Sydney Morning Herald.
Contributing to the community and having humanity is the best achievement in life which I take the most pride in.
The Master of International Hospitality Management was exactly the kind of program I was seeking, and I enjoyed expanding my knowledge of human resources, marketing and business planning.
I also appreciated the networking opportunities, at Le Cordon Bleu Career Expos you can meet with representatives from leading hotels, restaurants and resort chains. It gives students a sense of belonging to the industry, and it is a chance to expand our networks. It takes you a step closer towards your career, and there is support in meeting people with similar interests.
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