13th September 2012 – “The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them”. A famous quote by Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher. This is indeed true as academic knowledge is best supplemented with tacit knowledge.
A certificate presentation for completion of in-house practical training was held this morning. Today marks the beginning for 50 students of 37th batch from the hospitality faculty as they set foot into their 6-month internship. This interim industrial experience is part of their three-year degree pathway which value-adds to their education experience before progressing to their final year.
While some are inevitably anxious of what is installed for them for the coming months, majorities are very optimistic and look forward to the short stint. “I am keeping an open mind and this is a great opportunity for me to learn the ropes of the industry” said Boonie Huang Yue Mei [left] – F&B intern for Mandarin Orchard Hotel.
Students had also gone through a two-month intensive hospitality hands-on training and several personal development workshops prior to internship. The Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre (HTTC), which was opened December last year in Balestier campus, is fully operated by students on the weekday. Students are given a sneak peek into actual hotel operation, thus eliminating culture shock during internship.
Indonesian undergraduate, Jerry Tanamas [right] mentioned “Apart from practical training, the interview and grooming workshops have also prep-ed me well both physically and mentality”.
The internship is a compulsory element of the programme and is equivalent to 60 credits, the highest weightage for a single module. All the best to our career-ready students!