A question regarding education in Hospitality and tourism

Recently I gon an email: Hi Ivan, thank you for your work! I read a lot of useful and interesting stuff in your blog. After reading your posts I have a question. I try it shorter. My husband and I thinkinkg about to move in New Zealand but it looks like we can’t afford it so we decided to send our childrens for education. Few days ago we have been on exhibition “Study abroad” where we visited PIHMS booth, which is a New Zealand Hotel Management school. A school representative described everything in a such a beautiful way so we decided to send our elder girl as she finishes high school (she is 14 y.o. now) to study abroad and then immigrate ourselves through a parent category. He also said 95% of graduates in management in hotel and restaraunt business are getting employed (in different countries not only New Zealand) because this occupation is in high demand. Of course the cost of education is very expensive (US$20,000 per year, 3 years in total) so we have to sell our property. He also said that our investment will be returned very quickly because salaries in that area are very good. We also have two more kids to grow. After reading your blog I understand he could hide something and the reality is not so brilliant. I really want a best life for my kids. Have you heard anything about that school? Is it very popular? Does it educate very well or it’s just wasting of money? Thanks. Appreciate if you could find anything.


  • Have you heard anything about this school?
  • I have never heard about that school before just because I work in a totally different area.

  • To send our elder girl for overseas studying and then immigrate ouselves through a parent category
  • As far as I know, Parent Category is being temporarily closed to new applications. Immigration New Zealand will not make selections from the Parent Category Pool until further notice. Who knows, may be at some poing this category will be even cancelled. That is to say even if your child will get an education and residency, you won’t be able to become a resident based on this fact mostlikely.

  • 95% of graduates of management in hotel and restaraunt business are getting employed (in different countries and New Zealand) because this occupation is in high demand
  • Please also keep in mind that studying overseas doesn’t guarantee 100% that you will be hired in New Zealand or somewhere else. Follow this url to see Jobs listed in Management in Hospitality and tourism section. By the time this post was published, there were around 500 different jobs listed in New Zealand.

  • The cost of education is very expensive (US$20,000 per year, 3 years in total) so we have to sell our property
  • That’s really not a good idea, especially if you are going to sell your only property. Should I explain why? Just imagine that after graduation, your children have to come back. As an option, if you already got an experience in Hospitality, you can get one year Graduate Diploma Level 7 which should be 3 times cheaper.

  • He also said that our investment will be returned very quickly because of very good salaries in this area.
  • Here you must understand no “investment return” can be considered during the study. Browse for PIHMS official website and read about Paid industry placement. Basically they are saying it is possible to earn up to $30,000 during your study on a paid industry placement throughout your 3 years study. The keyword is ‘up to’.
    Students are paid Industry rates range from $15.25 to $24 per hour during full-time placements.
    With regard to return investment after the graduation.. I can say that according to statistics, Hospitality and Tourism is one of the lowest paying industries. Please see Hospitality & tourism salary information for full-time roles listed on Trade Me Jobs between July 2015 and December 2015 below:

    CategoryRange
    Bar staff & baristas$32k$25k – $45k
    Chefs$39k$27k – $55k
    Housekeeping$33k$25k – $47k
    Kitchen staff$32k$25k – $42k
    Management$42k$30k – $75k
    Reception & front desk$35k$25k – $45k
    Tourism & tour guides$35k$25k – $60k
    Travel consultants$45k$35k – $55k
    Waiting staff$35k$25k – $45k

    As you can see, the median salary in Management in Hospitality & Tourism is just NZD$42,000 annum. 😐

    P.S. I am deeply convinced I don’t have any right to give you any advice but in your place, I would be:
    1. thinking about getting highest payed qualification
    2. choosing an occupation which is in high demand in both in New Zealand and your home country

    Hope it helps. A few more useful urls:

    Hospitality & tourism salary information
    Hospitality & tourism jobs in New Zealand

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