HTM299 - Career Strategies for Hospitality

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Subject Title
Career Strategies for Hospitality

Subject Description

Accurate and timely information is imperative in today's changing job market. This course is designed to engage students in a variety of hands-on exploration modules to help provide a strong foundation for job readiness and career planning in the tourism and hospitality industries. The course focuses on developing essential skills by promoting team building, career and personal development, research and communication which will allow students to find, evaluate, manage, update a resume and expand their career goals.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Assess your individual employability skills to effectively create a professional resume and cover letter.

Elements of Performance

  1. Analyze personal skills, interests and values through self-assessment.
  2. Use knowledge of strengths and weaknesses to identify strategies for self-improvement.
  3. Create your elevator pitch.
  1. Use information technology to explore available resources for finding and evaluating potential career opportunities and internships.

Elements of Performance

  1. Differentiate between job and career
  2. Understand the how organizational corporate culture relates to your jobs and your career
  3. Understand the value of memberships and associations
  4. Create your E-Portfolio
  1. Compose written and oral communications to support professional business writing, correspondence, proper
etiquette and networking skills.

Elements of Performance

  1. Discuss the difference between hard skills and soft skills.
  2. Develop the clarity in your business communication (oral and written).
  3. Learn the etiquette for writing business emails, cold calling and follow up emails.
  4. Practice and refine the soft employability skills.
  1. Apply interview techniques in preparation for a variety of interview methods.

Elements of Performance

  1. Analyze and discuss the different types of interviews.
  2. Participate in group building exercises to develop skills.
  3. Develop effective communication strategies and practice these (such as "The Elevator Pitch").
  4. Develop a successful attitude alongside positive thinking and behaviour.
  1. Use business etiquette and adhere to professionals standards of dress, hygiene and grooming.

Elements of Performance

  1. Practice professional behaviours with respect to workplace attire, punctuality and etiquette.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.