Every international student wants the right course in the right country to kickstart the career they want.
Luckily at Kenvale College of Hospitality, Cookery and Events in Australia, they have that covered.
Here, you get the best of both worlds with quality education and paid industry employment offered by the College.
Thanks to partnerships with leading industries and hospitality businesses, Kenvale College students get the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience in their areas of study.
One international student who is flourishing thanks to these opportunities is Marina Simoes Varanda.
What Varanda loves most is making people happy through the food she makes. She did not get to do that working at IBM Brazil in a customer fulfilment role. As time passed, the 39-year-old knew it was now or never to make the jump from technology to the culinary arts.
Her next step took her from South America to Australia. Since February, Varanda is realising her ambition to become a chef at Kenvale College in Sydney where she has enrolled in a two-year Diploma of Hospitality Management with a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery.
These days, she’s no longer behind a screen. Instead, Varanda is sharpening her managerial know-how, learning about sustainable work practices and refining her culinary skills in Kenvale’s commercial kitchen.
“After only a few months of studying at Kenvale, I already feel I have made the right decision by seeing how much I have improved as a cook and how much happiness I have brought to my customers with my cakes,” she said.
Kickstart your global career with Kenvale
Since 1971, Kenvale College has inspired international students to establish themselves as reliable and respected hospitality professionals.
To ensure that they’re ready to meet today’s industry demands, the College partners with national and international businesses to provide students with the opportunities to gain practical knowledge and experience in their areas of study.
Kenvale’s industry connections span a wide range of hospitality brand names, such as Novotel, Crowne Plaza, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotels, Intercontinental, Solotel and ICC Sydney.
And all Kenvale College courses integrate industry-led teaching so that every student walks away with a flexible set of practical skills to take their career to the next level.
One such learner is Gabriela Aerts. Similar to Varanda, Aerts also braved the jump from Brazil to Kenvale College.
Now the Kenvale graduate looks back on her journey and is thankful that she chose to study a Diploma in Hospitality Management with a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery in Australia.
Without it, she would never have landed her current role as a Demi Chef de Partie at Park Hyatt Sydney.
“From day one at Kenvale, I started in the kitchen. This was great for me as I would make mistakes and my teachers would stand by my side and support me,” she said.
Throughout her diploma, Gabriela also met staff and students from all over the globe. By building up her international network, she expanded her cross-cultural communication skills and learned the value of leadership during team projects.
“Since Kenvale, I don’t think there’s an end to my career aspirations. I think it’s a journey,” said Gabriela.
Where students become multi-skilled professionals
At Kenvale College, courses are continuously developed to meet changing industry expectations.
Every year, faculty members ensure their syllabus includes the latest hospitality, cookery and event trends.
The College aims to get each student in paid employment at the beginning of the course, which helps students to understand today’s workplace demands before graduation.
Smaller class sizes also ensure a personalised learning environment, with a lecturer-student ratio that allows for a higher degree of participation and communication.
This close-knit community is what Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Guest Experience Manager Chelsea Hu loved most about her Kenvale experience.
“I enjoyed the atmosphere at Kenvale, everybody there is close and it feels like a family. It’s also a nurturing environment to grow as a leader, my lecturers were role models and supported me through everything,” said the hospitality graduate.
Before enrolling at the College, Hu always worked in entry-level roles. Not anymore.
With her Kenvale College qualification, she is only landing promotions now.
“With every opportunity you get at Kenvale, just say yes. Being multi-skilled makes you more valuable to any workplace,” she said.
To fast-track students’ careers, the College offers an Industry Placement (IP) programme that combines work and study.
For the IP, students attend classes at the Kenvale campus for two days a week and complete their work placement for the remaining part of the week.
Most students work an average of 20 hours per week throughout the year and the number of hours worked each week depends on the course they choose to study.
With insightful courses and opportunities like these available, it’s clear to see why so many Kenvale graduates are so successful.
It’s time to kickstart your career with Kenvale. Speak to a course advisor today.