Transition Learning – Reflective Journal

Recent research has revealed that the Hospitality and Tourism Industry wants experienced graduates. This in” rel=”nofollow”>industry wants graduates who can also thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink critically and reflectively, who know their
strengths and can use them effectively in” rel=”nofollow”>in the workplace. It is also important to become aware of your ‘areas for improvement’ also known as ‘areas for growth’ and to work toward improvin” rel=”nofollow”>ing these
skills. Knowin” rel=”nofollow”>ing and embracin” rel=”nofollow”>ing your character strengths and skills and usin” rel=”nofollow”>ing them in” rel=”nofollow”>in your career can lead to rewardin” rel=”nofollow”>ing outcomes. Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey now

critically reflect on this topic and discuss in” rel=”nofollow”>in relation to your study, career and Work Integrated Learnin” rel=”nofollow”>ing
1. Demonstrate understandin” rel=”nofollow”>ing of effective opportunity-search strategies;

How are you likely to learn about job/career opportunities? Thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink about traditional (advertisements) and non-traditional methods (networkin” rel=”nofollow”>ing). Thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink about the most effective methods relatin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to
your own career and the positions you are seekin” rel=”nofollow”>ing. For example, visitin” rel=”nofollow”>ing small restaurants and handin” rel=”nofollow”>ing in” rel=”nofollow”>in your resume in” rel=”nofollow”>in person may be effective in” rel=”nofollow”>in this casual environment but may not be suitable
for more professional roles in” rel=”nofollow”>in 5-Star Hotels.

2. Apply understandin” rel=”nofollow”>ing of recruitment/selection methods to applications;

What do you thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink that recruiters are lookin” rel=”nofollow”>ing for in” rel=”nofollow”>in prospective employees? How would you customise your applications accordin” rel=”nofollow”>ingly? Thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink about the cover letter/resume and in” rel=”nofollow”>interview. Consider the
size of the organisation as well as the perceived brand or culture. Thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink mission, vision, values.

3. Demonstrate ability to use relevant vacancy in” rel=”nofollow”>information, in” rel=”nofollow”>includin” rel=”nofollow”>ing ways of accessin” rel=”nofollow”>ing unadvertised vacancies;

How would you pursue these vacancy opportunities once you know about them? How would you fin” rel=”nofollow”>ind unadvertised vacancies? (thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink networkin” rel=”nofollow”>ing via peak bodies, family and friends, colleagues, referrals).
For example, thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink about an employer like Crown who is the largest employer in” rel=”nofollow”>in Melbourne. If you have visited their careers website, not a lot of positions are advertised considerin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the size of
their organisation. Why? How can you access these positions.

4. Identify challenges and obstacles to success in” rel=”nofollow”>in obtain” rel=”nofollow”>inin” rel=”nofollow”>ing suitable opportunities and strategies for addressin” rel=”nofollow”>ing them;

For example, you may have a lack of experience? Offer to shadow another employee or work/volunteer in” rel=”nofollow”>in another department after hours/on days off.

You may undertake professional development courses, seek a mentor, consult with supervisors or managers (if appropriate) and discuss goals…

5. Demonstrate capacity to vary self-presentation to meet requirements of specific opportunities;

This could relate to cover letter, resume, physical presentation and in” rel=”nofollow”>interview style. For example, would you wear a formal suit to a job in” rel=”nofollow”>interview? In many cases, this is essential to your image
and presentation. However, in” rel=”nofollow”>in some workplace cultures, this may not be an appropriate fit (eg. for a small restaurant kitchen role)

6. Demonstrate ability to present oneself effectively in” rel=”nofollow”>in selection in” rel=”nofollow”>interviews and other selection processes

What in” rel=”nofollow”>information are employers lookin” rel=”nofollow”>ing for? Research and preparation are very important. Use VIA Character strengths and even explain” rel=”nofollow”>in that accordin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to the VIA character strengths survey (taken by
2.6 Million people in” rel=”nofollow”>in 190 countries) your top strengths are…. and you use them in” rel=”nofollow”>in your work to enhance the customer experience…

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