Educartis had the pleasure of speaking to Thomas Mbuva, a Bachelor in Ecotourism, Hotel and Institution Management graduate from Maseno University. He is currently working at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa. He talks greatly about how education has impacted his career.
Why did you decide to pursue a Bachelors in Ecotourism, Hotel and Institution Management?
At first, I saw the hospitality industry as one of the most growing sectors of the economy and thought that I would easily become a part of a highly competitive job market. Secondly, I had grown an interest in this industry even before enrolling for the course as I admired my elder brother who works in hospitality.
What do you currently do? What is your favourite thing about your role?
I’m currently working as an acting restaurant supervisor at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa. This gives me a chance to interact with many guests of different profiles and thus enhance my soft skills.
How did your education prepare you for your current career? In your experience, which employability skills are the most important for students to gain during their studies?
My education prepared me in terms of work and training experiences such as experimental learning and application that enable me to understand current issues and practices in the hospitality industry. We did so many practicals in Kisumu Hotel which is a facility of Maseno University. The industrial placement also opened me to the real hospitality industry.
My education equipped me with the expert skills in Marketing, Information Technology and Hospitality Operations. This mostly included the skills in Food and Beverage operations, Banqueting and Conferencing, Tourism and Lodging.
Employers prefer analytical skills to evaluate and find answers to many problems in the dynamic industry. They also prefer communication skills for interactions, teamwork spirit and interpersonal skills in order to bond with others.
What did you most enjoy about your student experience for your undergraduate education at Maseno University?
I enjoyed being a leader. I acted as the Class Representative, Event Organizer and Marketing Director for the 17th International Cuisine Festival. It is an academic event organized by the fourth year class to showcase their skills acquired over the study period. Our lecturers described the event as the most successful one ever. Using that opportunity, I made a personal connection with the lecturers and colleagues to date.
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What advice would you give to new students who are about to begin their higher education journey? How would you describe the current job market for new graduates?
Your first degree opens your mind to the broader job market. Wherever you have an opportunity to pursue something new, go ahead and don’t hold on to your textbooks themselves. I advise new students to do their research and pursue degrees that have a higher demand such as computer science, finance, sales, medicine, data analysis and so on. The current job market is very dynamic and competitive. Without a degree or experience, you will be out-competed by a certificate holder.
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