Student Spotlight: Meet Chris Maini

Chris Maini, Bachelor of Business International Hotel and Resort Management (BMIHMS)

Why did you choose BMIHMS?

I believe that being in the right environment plays a crucial role in shaping who we are personally and professionally. For me, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) was the perfect combination of this, allowing students like myself to be moulded into life long achievers.

 

What is something that you have learnt at BMIHMS that will stay with you?

One thing that stands out is that BMIHMS has taught me the importance of personal branding and loving what you do. My lecturers also had a genuine connection to their students, helping not only to motivate them, but also helped to maintain their overall mental health and wellbeing. However, the most important lesson I learnt was through observing their style of teaching. I learnt the value of emotional intelligence, which is exhibited by every staff member.

To me, this is not just a hospitality degree, it’s the journey designed that equips and enables us to reach our destinations effortlessly.

 

Tell us about your experience whilst on your Industry Placement

During my IP101 at Park Hyatt Sydney, I was able to apply what I learnt in my course to have better teamwork, communication and most importantly, the ability develop professional networks.

I remember that this was an invaluable lesson my Success Coach shared with me – the importance of developing professional networks. It has allowed me to strengthen business connections, given me access to job opportunities, and gain a different perspective. Through my professional network, I successfully landed my desired job within the Human Resources Department, even during this unprecedented time of COVID-19.

To conclude, I am humbled and grateful to say that choosing BMIHMS was one of the best decisions of my life.  

 

What were some challenges you overcame through your studies?

During my tenure at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (Leura Campus) I was grateful to undertake double leadership roles, as a President of the Student Representative Council and Careers & Employability Ambassador. But as a leader, I encountered various challenges in my journey and during that phase of life, I felt burnt out.

My Success Coach shared these words of wisdom that helped shape my mindset during this time, he said “We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges.

They could see I was going through a stormy phase of life and guided me to the path of untangling those specific challenges, and I am so grateful. They were instrumental in allowing me to turn these challenges into opportunities while learning from it, and taught me how to handle similar situations in my future Career.

 

And, what’s next install for you? 

This degree has opened up a vast horizon of opportunities for me within and outside the hospitality industry. I have developed a key interest within the Human Resources Department and wish to pursue it further in Canada. However, I also display an entrepreneurial vision alongside my family and extremely keen on creating the first ever simulated hospitality school in Western Canada within the next decade.

 

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