Decision Making of a Hospitality Management Student/ Employee

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Decision Making Reflective Journal.
Recent research has revealed that the Hospitality and Tourism Industry wants experienced graduates. This industry wants graduates who can also think critically and reflectively, who know their strengths and can use them effectively 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 improving these skills. Knowing and embracing your character strengths and skills and using them in your career can lead to rewarding outcomes. Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey now https://www.viacharacter.org/www/The-Survey.

It is for these reasons that you are required to complete a reflective journal.

This assessment is based on the Dot’s Career Development framework (Smith et al 2009 pp 27-8) providing you with an opportunity to think about and reflect upon your:
• Self awareness
• Opportunity awareness
• Decision making and
• Transition Learning.

For each part of the assessment, there is an allocated topic. You are required to critically reflect on this topic and discuss in relation to your study, career and Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Word Count
Each part of the assessment is 1500 words

Part C is all about Decision Making, specifically related to my career as a Hospitality Management Graduate. There are not many people, especially students, who have the opportunity to really think about their career plan and how the decisions they make impact this. Career plans are not designed to be set in stone, but are flexible and able to guide you through your decision making in the short and long term.
In this assessment we want you to reflect on the aspects that influence your career decision making.
Part C – Decision making (weeks 7-9)
1. Identify the key elements of career decision-making, in the context of life planning;
2. Relate self-awareness to knowledge of different opportunities;
3. Evaluate how personal priorities may impact upon future career options;
4. Devise a short/medium-term career development action plan;
5. Identify tactics for addressing the role of chance in career development; and
6. Review changing plans and ideas on an ongoing basis.
1. Identify the key elements of career decision-making, in the context of life planning;
What are the important parts of your life that need to consider when thinking about your career? Think about your self-awareness in Part A. How does work fit into your life? Think about your career within your life plans/goals. For example, do you want to travel and work overseas forever or do you want to stay in one place or both? Perhaps studies influence where you work.
Reflect on your decision making for WIL and selecting your work placement. What influenced your decisions?
2. Relate self-awareness to knowledge of different opportunities;
This is where the completion of the VIA Character Strengths survey can benefit you.
Using your top character strengths, your self-knowledge from Part A and your knowledge of opportunities from Part B, how will you use your self-knowledge to make use of the opportunities which are available. For example, if your top strengths are Creativity, Curiosity, Judgment, Perspective or Love of Learning that might lead you to pursue certain career paths. If your top strength are other things you might choose other paths. Perhaps you are on the path of learning and wish to develop your weaknesses as well.
Alternatively, you might discuss your interests in relation to different opportunities. If you are someone who wants to travel for work, relate this to the opportunities available.

3. Evaluate how personal priorities may impact upon future career options;
Do you need to work close to family? You might decide to return to your home town to be close to your family and friends, this could limit the types of jobs you apply for but could make you happy for other reasons. Perhaps you have a large family to support and money is a big factor in the career path you take.

4. Devise a short/medium-term career development action plan;
Use a table or excel spreadsheet to outline the next steps in YOUR future career plan. Think about the different stages in your career. What are you going to in 6 months time, a year, 2 years or even 5, 10 or 50 years? Perhaps you could change jobs for WIL 2. Reflect on your decision making process at each stage.
Another aspect to include in your plan is strategies in how you will reach each career goal. If I want to be General Manager of a hotel, what are the steps to achieving this? What do I need to do to move up each step?
Short term goals – Master all duties as a food & bev attendant. Gain an opportunity for a promotion to work as supervisor.
Medium term goals – Get permanently employed by Crown, reach higher postions
Long term – Start own restaurant
5. Identify tactics for addressing the role of chance in career development.
How might you be ready for a chance or opportunity? For example, a chance meeting with someone who could positively influence your career.
Think about your resume or ‘elevator speech’ (if you are not sure what this is please look it up). If someone came up to you at a networking event and it turned into an on-the-spot interview, how are you going to impress. Are you prepared for these opportunities?
It could be right here at William Angliss. Recruiters might be coming out to hire students. Are you ready for this opportunity? How?

6. Review changing plans and ideas on an ongoing basis.
How often will you review your plans? Will you write your plans down? Will you change them when the situation changes? Will you consult with your advisors/mentors…people you trust and confide it? How flexible is your plan?

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