What are the most prestigious hospitality leadership roles?
A career in hospitality is the perfect way to build a name for yourself as an industry leader. Whether gaining a global reputation as a master chef or running a five-star hotel, hospitality career pathways can offer prestige, international opportunities and competitive remuneration.
Here are 3 hospitality careers you should consider.
1. Hotel General Manager
- Median salary of AU$80,784 in Australia (according to Payscale).
- Internationally transferrable skills & experience.
- Ensure optimal customer experiences throughout a hotel.
The GM is traditionally responsible for overseeing hotel from financials to employee performance and guest satisfaction. Supported by a team of department heads, the GM ensures a hotel is maximising its profits and creating a high quality experience for its guests at every touch point.
Payscale reports a positive trend in pay level according to experience, with greater remuneration available over time. Meanwhile, the transferrable nature of the GM's skillset means you could pursue careers in destinations such as Singapore, where the median GM's salary sits at AU$130,162.
Find out how alumnus Justin Kim (pictured above) achieved his dream to become General Manager of The Merchant House, a luxury hotel in Bahrain, having already worked as a manager in Australia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, & United Arab Emirates. To equip yourself with the skills and experience needed to climb to a general manager position, apply for a Le Cordon Bleu Bachelor of Business (International Hotel Management) programme.
2. Executive Chef
- Median salary of AU$78,672 in Australia (according to Payscale).
- Creative control over a restaurant menu.
- Lead prestigious kitchens around the world.
The executive chef oversees kitchen operations including menu design, staff training, food scheduling, kitchen productivity, team leadership and more. Often working with a restaurant manager, the executive chef will consult on the creative and strategic direction of a menu, from the flavours and presentation of each dish, to the profit margins and daily inventory. As the creative lead in the kitchen, you can introduce the world to your unique culinary style and make a name for yourself.
Start your culinary career in world-class kitchens with a Le Cordon Bleu Diplome de Cuisine (Certificate III in Commercial Cookery). Take a walk through a day in the life of a chef in this article.
3. Master Sommelier
- Average salary of AU$226,837 globally (according to the Guild of Sommeliers).
- Extremely prestigious, unique certification.
- Be an industry leader in the world of wine tasting.
A Master Sommelier has been certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) following an examination held annually in London and the USA. Sommeliers are responsible for tasting and understanding the profile of a variety of wines in order to consult with restaurant stakeholders or patrons to inform purchasing decisions. Master Sommeliers are the very best in the world, with only 273 people certified since the first examination held in 1969, according to the CMS. They may be employed in wine education, short-term consulting, marketing, sales and events - enjoying all corners of the industry with their expertise of alcoholic beverages.
Your career journey starts with an internationally recognised qualification from leading culinary and hospitality management educator, Le Cordon Bleu Australia. Contact us today to discuss the perfect study programme to achieve your dream.
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