1)Give us a brief insight about the hospitality Industry in India. (Some details about your journey in this industry/details about your designation)
Hospitality in India is not a cakewalk. Rough and tough and if that’s what you like, it’s meant for you! I love my job and industry at times can be little glamorous but mostly interesting and inspiring. I did my training at JW Marriott, Juhu and joined as employee after my degree at the same place. My experience was phenomenal. I am glad, proud and happy to work in such a marvelous brand and hotel and start my career at such a big level. Its important to work for some big brand in order to know how they actually deal with people.
2)Where does one see after a stint of 5 years in the Industry? What are the minimum qualifications sought for a fresher?
Hospitality is so vast that you can see yourself where ever you want, in terms of position or place, you can travel the world as a part of your job or stay in any part of world everywhere there are Travellers, Hotels, Mall. I would say sky is the limit. In terms of qualification It starts for Diplomas, Bachelors, Master, PG. you can choose your area of interest and learn or study as much you want, which will surely make you more wiser.
3) Which are some of the institutes for pursuing courses in Hotel Management in India?How are the placements and range of pay scale for a fresher? (In India)
IHMs are really good and well recognized, they are Central Govt. colleges. I am an IHMite myself. Other than that there are so many private colleges doing pretty well in all the cities in India. It all depends where(city) you want to study. Do check the reviews of a college of your choice and talk or ask an alumni student of a particular college if possible, this will give you a brief idea about everything.
4)Does a foreign degree in Hotel Managementhas better career prospects than an Indian degree?
In this case, I would say for Hotel Management stick to the degree of the country you wish to work in. By this I do not mean that foreign degree wont make it better but for instance this is a field of practical experience and knowledge so you can not study everything in classrooms as you start working you start learning more, gets more interesting as further you go! Thus, personally I won’t say foreign degree is better unless you want to stay in the country where you pursue the course.
5) What are the additional courses that one should pursue along with the Bachelors/Masters Degree which will add value?
There are so many specialization fields in the industry itself. In food and beverage there is Bar, Wines, Food, Restaurants etc currently almost all the colleges have specialization degrees and depending on your interest and likes you can study more in deep in that particular subject.
6) What are the skills required to excel in the Industry?
Good question! Skills can be developed over the time. I would say Passion, Patience, Persistence, and Performance is what one should have, as its not easy at times to stick to what we have chosen. It’s a competitive world and you need to be on the top all the time. It’s hard but not impossible. Know your strengths polish them, find your weakness and work on it. Success isn’t easy but never that far.
7) Provide any other valuable specific information for the students who want to pursue a career in the above field.
I love Hospitality. Every industry has its pros and cons! Good part is you get to travel, talk to people, connect with their lives, fancy food and beverages, meet famous and good people; sounds glamorous for me. I wont mention the cons as I concentrate on the best things, if you find the other side; another door might open for you. Keep grabbing opportunities, mates! Cheers!